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With the holidays quickly approaching, a lot of us will be leaving our offices for extended periods of time due to holiday schedules, family gatherings, and holiday vacations. But just because we aren’t there, doesn’t mean the work stops. Emails, calls, and other memos will still try to reach a person, regardless if they are physically at work or not. Stay on top of all your business communications, and set up your out-of-office notifications today.

Here at MTI, we value the meaning of vacation, and understand that it’s difficult and stressful to think about work outside of the workplace. But if you have easy access to the happenings at the office while you’re away, it makes it a lot simpler to respond to important business matters and inquiries.

We also value the meaning of the word “easy”, which is why we’ve found these shortcuts for your out-of-office notifications for three different office applications—Outlook/Exchange, Google, and IBM/Lotus Notes. Choose your program, and follow the steps as they coordinate with your program of choice.

For Microsoft Office Outlook and Exchange 2013 and 2010

  1. Click the File tab, and then click the Info tab in the menu.

Out of Office 1 (Exchange)

  1. Click Automatic Replies (Out of Office)

Out of Office 2 (Exchange)

  1. In the Automatic Replies dialog box, select the Send Automatic Replies check box.
  2. If you want to specify a set time and date range, select the Only send during this time range check box. Then set the Start time, and then set the End time.
  3. In the Inside my organization tab, type the message that you want to send within your organization, and in the Outside my organization tab, type the message that you want to send outside your organization.
  4. Click OK.
  5. If you selected the “Only send during this time range” option in step 4, the Automatic Replies (Out of Office) feature will continue to run until the date and time set for the End Time in step 5 is reached. Otherwise, the Automatic Replies (Out of Office) will continue to run until you repeat step 1 and select the “Do not send automatic replies” option.

For Google

  1. Click on the “gear” icon, which is usually in the upper right corner of your window.
  2. Click on Mail settings.

Out of Office 3 (Google)

  1. The Settings page will open to the General tab.
  2. Scroll down to the Vacation responder section.
  3. The default is Vacation responder off. Click Vacation responder on.
  4. In the First Day field, enter the date to begin replying with your out-of-office message.

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  1. In the Ends field, enter the date to stop replying with your out-of-ofice message.
  2. In the Subject field, enter the subject line for your out-of-office message.
  3. In the Message field, enter your customized out-of-office message.
  4. Most people will have the notification sent to everyone. However, you can limit your reply to only people in your contact list, or to only people at NC State University (i.e., users with an @ncsu.edu email address). Select one of those options if you want to do that.


For Lotus Notes/IBM

Out of Office 5 (Lotus.IBM)

Set up your out-of office notifications today to ensure you get all of your messages and updates while you’re out of the office this holiday season!