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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".
This article describes how to use the Out of Office Assistant in Outlook.
Note that the Out of Office Assistant is only available if you have the Microsoft Exchange Server service in your profile.
This section covers the following topics:
How to Turn On the Out of Office Assistant
How to Create a Rule
How to Delete a Rule
How to Edit a Rule
How to Change the Order in Which Rules are Applied
How to Turn a Rule On or Off
How Rules Are AppliedRules are applied in the order in which they appear, going from top to bottom, in the list of rules in the Out of Office Assistant box.
If you select more than one condition in the Edit Rule box, only messages that meet all of the conditions have the rule applied to them. For example, if you specify "Bob Green" as the sender (condition), and "Marketing Meeting" (condition) in the Subject box, the rule only applies to messages that meet both conditions.
If you set multiple conditions in one rule, messages that meet any of the conditions in the rule are found. For example, if you specify "Bob Green; Jeffrey Weems," in the From box, the rule applies to messages from either Bob Green or Jeffrey Weems.
To specify that a rule must be the last one applied, click to select the Do not process subsequent rules check box (in the Add Rule or Edit Rule dialog box).
When you specify an action for a rule and the action cannot be performed, an error message appears with an "X" next to the rule. To fix the error, click Edit Rule, and then make any necessary changes.
For additional information about how to emulate the Out of Office Assistant in the Internet Mail Only mode of Outlook 98, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/248996/EN-US/ )OL98: (IMO) How to Emulate the Out of Office Assistant