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Exchange/Office 365: How to set up an Out of the Office (OOO) message using OWA

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3.0 - Updated on 11-05-2021 by Sylvia Bass

2.0 - Updated on 11-05-2021 by Sylvia Bass

1.0 - Authored on 01-14-2015 by Mike Caban

Exchange/Office 365 allows you to set an automatic reply or vacation responder when you will be away from checking your email. Use the instructions below for Outlook Web Access (OWA).

  1. Login to Outlook Web Access
  2. Select the Gear icon in the top right corner and search for Automatic Replies.
  3. In the new window that appears, toggle the switch for Turn on automatic replies.
    • Optionally, you can check the box next to Send replies only during this time period.
  4. Select the day and time that you want the automatic replies to begin and end.
  5. Compose your away message. This is the reply your sender will receive.
    • Optionally, you can choose to send an away message or no message to senders outside of your organization (this means anyone who doesn't have a UCI email address).
  6. Click Save at the bottom of the screen.

    Automatic replies settings

Messages sent to your Exchange/Office 365 email account will receive your custom message during the times you have set.