If you have decided to go on a vacation and don’t have net access or you don’t want to be disturbed during vacation, Hotmail provides you with an option to send automated replies to all the mails received during your vacation period. This is one of the popular features on Hotmail.
Enable Automated Vacation Reply
Let us see how to set up these automated vacation replies. Open your Hotmail account and from the top right corner, click on Options > More options.
Then under ‘Managing your account’, click on ‘Sending automated vacation replies’.
You will find this opening up.
Check on ‘Send vacation replies to people who e-mail me’, and type the text or message you want to send to people. Click on ‘Save’. This is the message that will be sent as an automatic reply to any mail received, while you’re away. You might want to include information like, when you will be returning or maybe even whom to contact in the office in your abscence.
If you recollect, some time back Microsoft had disabled this Automatic Vacation Reply feature in Hotmail, some time back, for a while, in order to fight and control spam. But Microsoft soon bought back the feature, once they had introduced some anti-spam measures.
So, don’t forget to select ‘Only reply to your contacts’. This will ensure that you don’t end up replying to just anyone.
Once you are back from vacation, do not forget to click on ‘Don’t send any vacation replies’ and Save. Hotmail may even remind you about this when you sign-in next time.
That’s all you need to know about it – so go ahead and make use of this cool Hotmail feature!