Send automatic replies in Outlook.com

Use automatic replies to tell people you won't be responding right away to their email messages. Automatic replies are sent once to each sender.

Turn on or modify automatic replies

  1. At the top of the page, select Settings > View all Outlook settings > Automatic replies.

  2. To turn on automatic replies, select the Turn on automatic replies toggle.

  3. Select the Send replies only during a time period check box, and then enter a start and end time.

    If you don't set a time period, your automatic reply remains on until you turn it off by selecting the Automatic replies on toggle.

  4. Select the check box for any of the following options that you're interested in:

    • Block my calendar for this period

    • Automatically decline new invitations for events that occur during this period

    • Decline and cancel my meetings during this period

  5. In the box, type a message to send to people during the time you're away.

  6. To only send replies to your contacts, select the Send replies only to contacts check box.

  7. Select Save.

To turn off automatic replies, return to the Automatic replies page and select the Automatic replies on toggle.

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