Email - Out of Office, Vacation Responder

Setting Up Automatic Replies (Absence Mail and Auto-reply)

  • Open Gmail.
  • In the top-right, click the gear icon (Settings).
  • In the drop-down list select “Settings”.
  • Remain in the “General” tab and scroll down to the Vacation responder section.
  • Select “Vacation responder on”.
  • Fill in the date range, subject, and message.
  • You can limit who can see your vacation response:
  • Check the box next to “Only send a response to people in my Contacts” if you don’t want everyone who emails you to know that you’re away from your mail.
  • If you use Google Apps, you’ll also see an option to only send a response to people in your domain. If you check both of these boxes, only people who are in your contacts and your domain will receive the automatic response.
  • Click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page.


More information may be found at Google’s HelpPage