How to set an out-of-office message in Gmail

You can set your email to automatically reply so that people know you're out of the office. Google refers to this as a vacation response, and while it is enabled Gmail will send an automatic reply to any non-spam senders who email you. 

How to set an automatic vacation response in Gmail

  1. Click the gear icon in the upper right of the Gmail window and choose Settings.
  2. On the General tab, scroll down to the Vacation responder: section and select Vacation responder on.
  3. Enter a date to start the responder and an optional date to end it. 
  4. Enter the subject and content of your message in the appropriate fields. You can optionally select to Only send a response to people in my Contacts or Only send a response to people in [your domain] (Google Apps users only).
  5. Click Save Changes.

At this point a banner will appear across the top of your Gmail page confirming that your vacation response is enabled.

How to edit your automatic vacation response

  1. The banner mentioned above will remain on the page, just click Vacation Settings to edit your response.

How to end an automatic vacation response

  1. Click End now in the banner at any time to stop sending the automatic response.
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