Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual



  • Thank you for the earlier help I received to my earlier inquiry especially from Scott.

    Here's my latest, frustrating issue (as usual like most things when things get updated, it gets worse and worse not better)-

    I am trying to set up an out of office auto reply on Outlook but on this new Outlook there's no "Automatic Replies" response but rather an option to create a new rule/alert. Now I've done this but as you know this response only gets sent when you log into Outlook. What on earth is the point of that!? What's the point of sending an automatic response when you're already on your computer and logged into Outlook!? You'll just respond then. The whole point of an out of office auto response is that it gets sent to anyone and everyone sending you an email when you're away and not on your computer!

    Which moron came up with this idea? And how can I get around this? What do I need to do to get the old Outlook option of selecting the Automatic Replies option. You just wrote an out of office message, clicked that and done, just like that, it was so simple. Is it because I do not have Exchange server integrated into my Outlook?



  • What version of Outlook you using?
    Is it the Desktop, Office365(Online) or Mobile app?



  • @saltedcaramel said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    Thank you for the earlier help I received to my earlier inquiry especially from Scott.

    Here's my latest, frustrating issue (as usual like most things when things get updated, it gets worse and worse not better)-

    I am trying to set up an out of office auto reply on Outlook but on this new Outlook there's no "Automatic Replies" response but rather an option to create a new rule/alert. Now I've done this but as you know this response only gets sent when you log into Outlook. What on earth is the point of that!? What's the point of sending an automatic response when you're already on your computer and logged into Outlook!? You'll just respond then. The whole point of an out of office auto response is that it gets sent to anyone and everyone sending you an email when you're away and not on your computer!

    Which moron came up with this idea? And how can I get around this? What do I need to do to get the old Outlook option of selecting the Automatic Replies option. You just wrote an out of office message, clicked that and done, just like that, it was so simple. Is it because I do not have Exchange server integrated into my Outlook?

    You most likely have Outlook with a Pop or IMAP account which means that automatic replies nust be done on. webmail so it doesn’t depend on your Outlook to stay open. Each Outlook version has been that way so this is not surprising and Exchange is the only one integrated that way.



  • @hobbit666 said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    What version of Outlook you using?
    Is it the Desktop, Office365(Online) or Mobile app?

    I'm using the desktop version, so on my computer.



  • @dbeato said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    @saltedcaramel said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    Thank you for the earlier help I received to my earlier inquiry especially from Scott.

    Here's my latest, frustrating issue (as usual like most things when things get updated, it gets worse and worse not better)-

    I am trying to set up an out of office auto reply on Outlook but on this new Outlook there's no "Automatic Replies" response but rather an option to create a new rule/alert. Now I've done this but as you know this response only gets sent when you log into Outlook. What on earth is the point of that!? What's the point of sending an automatic response when you're already on your computer and logged into Outlook!? You'll just respond then. The whole point of an out of office auto response is that it gets sent to anyone and everyone sending you an email when you're away and not on your computer!

    Which moron came up with this idea? And how can I get around this? What do I need to do to get the old Outlook option of selecting the Automatic Replies option. You just wrote an out of office message, clicked that and done, just like that, it was so simple. Is it because I do not have Exchange server integrated into my Outlook?

    You most likely have Outlook with a Pop or IMAP account which means that automatic replies nust be done on. webmail so it doesn’t depend on your Outlook to stay open. Each Outlook version has been that way so this is not surprising and Exchange is the only one integrated that way.

    Yes that's it, I have an IMAP account. So how can I manually set up the automatic replies?



  • @saltedcaramel said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    @dbeato said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    @saltedcaramel said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    Thank you for the earlier help I received to my earlier inquiry especially from Scott.

    Here's my latest, frustrating issue (as usual like most things when things get updated, it gets worse and worse not better)-

    I am trying to set up an out of office auto reply on Outlook but on this new Outlook there's no "Automatic Replies" response but rather an option to create a new rule/alert. Now I've done this but as you know this response only gets sent when you log into Outlook. What on earth is the point of that!? What's the point of sending an automatic response when you're already on your computer and logged into Outlook!? You'll just respond then. The whole point of an out of office auto response is that it gets sent to anyone and everyone sending you an email when you're away and not on your computer!

    Which moron came up with this idea? And how can I get around this? What do I need to do to get the old Outlook option of selecting the Automatic Replies option. You just wrote an out of office message, clicked that and done, just like that, it was so simple. Is it because I do not have Exchange server integrated into my Outlook?

    You most likely have Outlook with a Pop or IMAP account which means that automatic replies nust be done on. webmail so it doesn’t depend on your Outlook to stay open. Each Outlook version has been that way so this is not surprising and Exchange is the only one integrated that way.

    Yes that's it, I have an IMAP account. So how can I manually set up the automatic replies?

    Posted on my previous post through the Webmail interface at your email hosting.



  • @hobbit666 said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    What version of Outlook you using?
    Is it the Desktop, Office365(Online) or Mobile app?

    Office 365 doesn't have a version. It just provides you normal Outlook.

    OWA, the web interface of Exchange, is not related to O365 and is just part of Exchange and is not Outlook.



  • @saltedcaramel said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    @dbeato said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    @saltedcaramel said in Out of Office response for Outlook - morons as usual:

    Thank you for the earlier help I received to my earlier inquiry especially from Scott.

    Here's my latest, frustrating issue (as usual like most things when things get updated, it gets worse and worse not better)-

    I am trying to set up an out of office auto reply on Outlook but on this new Outlook there's no "Automatic Replies" response but rather an option to create a new rule/alert. Now I've done this but as you know this response only gets sent when you log into Outlook. What on earth is the point of that!? What's the point of sending an automatic response when you're already on your computer and logged into Outlook!? You'll just respond then. The whole point of an out of office auto response is that it gets sent to anyone and everyone sending you an email when you're away and not on your computer!

    Which moron came up with this idea? And how can I get around this? What do I need to do to get the old Outlook option of selecting the Automatic Replies option. You just wrote an out of office message, clicked that and done, just like that, it was so simple. Is it because I do not have Exchange server integrated into my Outlook?

    You most likely have Outlook with a Pop or IMAP account which means that automatic replies nust be done on. webmail so it doesn’t depend on your Outlook to stay open. Each Outlook version has been that way so this is not surprising and Exchange is the only one integrated that way.

    Yes that's it, I have an IMAP account. So how can I manually set up the automatic replies?

    This will need to be done through the email provider. It's a mail server feature, rather than an email client feature.



  • As an example, I don't use O365 or Exchange either, this is how to set OoO in the web interface of my mail host:

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  • The service has to support Out of Office auto replies, and most IMAP/POP accounts do not.

    https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Send-automatic-out-of-office-replies-from-Outlook-9742f476-5348-4f9f-997f-5e208513bd67 - at the bottom.

    It looks like you'll have to use a rule.



  • It has to be on the server side, otherwise while out of the office one presumes that the email client, Outlook in this case, will be turned off. So the OOO would not be sent until the employee returned and turned it on, otherwise.



  • Like Scott said, this is a server side feature and has nothing to do with Outlook, it never did. What you have in Outlook is an exposed setting in Exchange, and it's the Exchange server responsible for sending out of office replies. Email client is never responsible for that.


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