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How to set an out of office in Hotmail

Automatically reply to emails

An Out of Office Assistant is a great email function. It automatically responds to any emails received with a pre-written message. This is a great way to let your contact know you're away and not ignoring them. We've already shown you how to turn it on in Gmail, but if you use Hotmail, it's slightly different to implement. Here's how to set it up.

Step one
Login to your Hotmail account and go straight to your inbox. From the options menu in the top right-hand corer, select More Options.

Step two
Choose the Sending automated vacation replies option under managing your account.

Step three
Check the box next to the 'Send vacation replies to people who email me' option and then in the box below enter the text you want in the Out of Office message. You can change the font, colout and alignment of the text in the message.

Step four
If you want the message to go to anyone that emails you, even if they're not in your contact list, uncheck the box next to Only reply to your contacts. Then press Save. Your Out of Office assistant will now be switched on.

Step five
When you return and want to turn the Out of Office Assistant off, check the box next to Don't send any vacation replies.

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