How to Set an Out of Office Message in Outlook

By Contributing Writer

The out-of-office feature in Microsoft Outlook can be a godsend. It helps keep people in the loop about your whereabouts, which can be vital in business. By setting an out-of-office message, an automated email that bounces back to a people when they send you email, people will know they should find other means of getting the information they need.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2

Go to the Tools menu.

Step 3

Go to "Out of Office Assistant."

Step 4

Check "I am currently Out of the Office."

Step 5

Type the message you wish people to receive when they email you. It is helpful to note exactly which days you will be unavailable. If possible, list an alternate contact who will be able to help.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure you turn off the Out of the Office Assistant when you return. If Outlook doesn't prompt you to do so, follow the instructions above and click "I am currently In the office."