At any rate, back to Outlook, here’s how:
- Go to the File menu and click Automatic Replies
- Check the radio button to send automatic replies
- Check the checkbox to only send during the time range
I set mine up to take effect 5:00 on the day I’m leaving until 5:00 of the business day before I’m back. Just click OK and you’re done! No need to worry about remembering to do it just AFTER you shut your computer down.
In addition, you can also set up a different message for those outside the organization… (What you’re seeing above is the message to anyone inside my company.0 Click the “Outside My Organization” button and set up your message there. (Notice you can also opt not to respond to anyone externally.)
You might notice that I also dragged my return by a day for those outside the organization in this case. Gives me a bit of time to catch up on the internal stuff first.
This is pretty cool stuff, and a major improvement over earlier versions. I think it would be great if I could control the time range for external messages separately as well, but hey, I can live with this for now.
The only issue there is that Outlook would have to be running… so if it wasn’t, for whatever reason, you might have build a false sense of security.
Regardless, if you don’t have the full blown Exchange 2010 install, it could be pretty useful. I don’t suppose you have an article on your site for that, do you?