Turn an Out of Office Assistant rule on or off

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This feature requires you to use a Microsoft Exchange Server 2000, Exchange Server 2003, or Exchange Server 2007 account. Most home and personal accounts do not use Microsoft Exchange. For more information about Microsoft Exchange accounts and how to determine which version of Exchange your account connects to, see the links in the See Also section.

If you want to turn an Out of Office Assistant rule on or off temporarily, you do not need to delete the rule. Do the following to change the status of the rule temporarily:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Out of Office Assistant.

    The Out of Office Assistant command is missing

    The Out of Office Assistant command does not appear unless you are using an Exchange account.

  2. Click the Rules button at the bottom of the dialog box.

    Note: If you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 account, this button does not appear. Proceed to the next step.

  3. Under These rules will be applied to incoming messages while you are out of the office, in the Status column, select or clear the check box next to the rule that you want to turn on or off.

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