How to Set an Out of Office Reply in Gmail


You might be looking to set an out of office reply in Gmail when you know that you won’t be able to access your emails with the frequency that your contacts might need or expect. Fortunately this setting is available in Gmail, and you have the ability to specify a time frame during which the out of office reply should be sent, as well as the content of the message that it is sent with.

Our guide below will show you where to find this setting so that you can create an out of office reply in Gmail.

 

Creating an Automated Out of Office Reply in Gmail

The steps in this article are going to show you how to set up an out of office reply through Gmail in your Web browser. Once you have completed these steps, Gmail will automatically send an out of office reply to messages that come into your inbox.

Step 1: Sign into your Gmail account. You can go there directly with this link – https://mail.google.com

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Step 2: Click the Gear icon at the top-right corner of the window, then click the Settings option.

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Step 3: Confirm that the General tab is selected at the top of the window.

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Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the menu, check the circle to the left of Vacation responder on, set the dates during which you want the out of office reply to be sent, enter a subject for the reply, enter the information for the reply, then make any additional changes. Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the window when you have finished.

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The out of office reply in Gmail will turn off automatically if you have specified an end date. If not, you will need to return here later and manually turn off the out of office reply when you no longer wish to send it.

Checking the box to the left of Only send a response to people in my Contacts can be helpful if you don’t want to send this reply to every single person that sends you a message.

 

Would you like to set up an out of office reply in Outlook, instead of through your Gmail account? Learn how to create an out of office reply in Outlook 2013 if you would prefer to let that application handle this task.

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