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Help and Support

Creating a Vacation Message


Vacation messages can be created to tell others, both inside Queen's and outside Queen's that you will not be answering your email immediately.


  1. Select Settings 
    • Select Set automatic replies
  2. The Options menu will open 
    • From the Navigation menu, select organize email
    • From the top Navigation menu, select automatic replies
    • Select the radio button beside Send automatic replies
    • To set the time frame that your message will be in effect, check the box beside Send replies only during this time period: and select the Start time and End time.
    • In the first text box, enter the message you would like to send to people in your organization that email you during your vacation. Note: each email address will only receive one vacation message from you. 
    • You have the option of sending a message to people who are not in your organization. You can also choose whether to send a message to everyone not in your organization, or only to those who are in your Contacts list.
    • In the second text box, enter the message you would like to send to people outside of your organization.
    • When you are finished with your message, click the Save button
    • Click the Back arrow in the upper left corner
  3. If you do not create a time frame for your message, you will receive a reminder each time you log in to your email account asking if you would like to turn the automatic reply off.
    • You can also follow the steps above and turn off the message yourself

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