This video will take you through the process of setting up an automatic out of the office / vacation reply for Microsoft Outlook 2007, detailed instructions below.
Step 1: Create a message template
1.On the File menu, point to New, and then click Mail Message.
2.On the Options tab, in the Format group, click Plain Text.
3.In the message body, type the message that you want to send as your automated reply.
4.In the message window, click the Microsoft Office Button and then click Save As.
5.In the Save As dialog box, in the Save as type list, click Outlook Template (*.oft).
6.In the File name box, type a name for your message template, and then click Save.
Step 2: Create a rule to automatically reply to new e-mail messages
1.On the Tools menu, click Rules and Alerts.
2.In the Rules and Alerts dialog box, click New Rule.
3.Under Start from a blank rule, click Check messages when they arrive, and then click Next.
4.Under Which condition(s) do you want to check?, select the sent only to me check box and any other criteria that you want, and then click Next.
5.When you see a dialog box informing you that this rule will be applied to every message that you receive, click Yes.
6.Under What do you want to do with the message?, select the reply using a specific template check box.
7.Under Step 2: Edit the rule description (click an underlined value), click a specific template.
8.In the Select a Reply Template dialog box, in the Look In box, click User Templates in File System.
9.Select the template that you created in the previous section, and then click Open.
11.Optionally, select the check boxes for any exceptions to the auto-reply rule.
13.Under Step 1: Specify a name for this rule, type a name for the auto-reply rule, and then click Finish.
The reply using a specific template rule in the Rules Wizard sends your automated reply only once to each sender during a single session. This rule prevents Outlook from sending repetitive replies to a single sender from whom you receive multiple messages. During a session, Outlook keeps track of the list of users to whom it has responded. If you exit Outlook and then restart it, however, the list of the senders who have received automated replies is reset.
For the Rules Wizard to send a reply automatically, Outlook must be running and configured to check periodically for new messages.