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How to emulate the Out of Office Assistant in Outlook 2000 that is installed with Internet Mail Only mode
Article ID: 248830 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q248830
For a Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 and Microsoft Outlook 2002 version of this article, see 311107
For a Microsoft Outlook 98 (IMO) version of this article, see 248996
Note These procedures only apply if you have installed Outlook with the Internet Mail Only option. To determine your installation type, click About Microsoft Outlook on the Help menu. If you have the Internet Mail Only option installed, you see "Internet Mail Only".
For information about the differences between Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Express e-mail clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257824/ )OL2000: Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express
The Internet Mail Only installation option (IMO) of Outlook, unlike the Corporate or Workgroup option, does not have the Out of Office Assistant to automatically reply to messages when you are away from your computer. You can emulate this feature in IMO by creating an e-mail template and defining a rule in the Rules Wizard to auto-reply with the template.
Defining an automatic reply template
Defining a rule to send an automatic reply
During a session, Outlook remembers the list of users to whom it has responded. Restarting Outlook deletes this list, resetting the rule to start again for each sender.
NOTE: Outlook must be running for the Rules Wizard to auto-reply. Also, it must be configured to periodically check for new messages and set to hang up when finished sending and receiving.
For more information about how to change the default message format, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223876/ )Selecting or changing your message format