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For a Microsoft Outlook 98 (IMO) version of this article, see 248996
For a Microsoft Outlook 98 (CW) version of this article, see 271709
For a Microsoft Outlook 2000 (IMO) version of this article, see 248830
For a Microsoft Outlook (All Versions) version of this article, see 311107
Note The procedures in this article only apply if you have installed Outlook with the Corporate or Workgroup option. With this option, you can use Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) services. To determine your installation type, click About Microsoft Outlook, on the Help menu. If you have the Corporate or Workgroup installation, you see "Corporate or Workgroup".
When you use Outlook in the Corporate or Workgroup (CW) installation and you are not using Outlook with a Microsoft Exchange Server computer, you cannot use the Out of Office Assistant to automatically reply to messages when you are away from your computer. You can, however, emulate this feature by creating an e-mail message template and defining a rule in the Rules Wizard to automatically reply with the template.
How to define an automatic reply template
How to define a rule to send an automatic reply
During a session, Outlook remembers the list of users to whom it has responded. However, if you restart Outlook, the list is deleted and the rule starts again for each sender.
Note Outlook must be running for the Rules Wizard to automatically reply to e-mail messages. Also, Outlook must be configured to periodically check for new e-mail messages and set to hang up when finished sending and receiving e-mail messages.