Gmail vacation responder is a feature that allows Gmail users to send auto-generated emails to the people who message them during a pre-set period of time. For instance, your colleague has sent you an email regarding a new project at your work, yet Gmail sends him back an email, saying that you are on a business trip and currently unavailable – the message you have pre-set previously. Indeed, this feature is usually useful when one is going to go on the trip, yet does not want the others to feel ignored or miss something important. However, it may come in handy in other situations, too. So, the article below will show you how to set a vacation responder from Gmail without making much of an effort.
Setting up a vacation responder will take no more than five minutes of your time
Step 1. Open your browser and copy the link http://google.com/ into the address line of your browser. Press “Enter.”
Step 2. Click on the button of Google Apps, which looks like three rows consisting of three dots, scroll down and click on the icon of Gmail.
Step 3. After having logged in to the system, click on the icon of settings in the shape of a cogwheel, located in the upper-right corner of the page.
Step 4. You will see a pop-up menu opening, and there you should select “Settings” again.
Step 5. You need the page of general settings, and that is exactly what was opened. Now, scroll down until the very bottom of the page.
Step 6. Now, you will see a row named “Vacation Responder”, and here you will create one. So, in order to create a Gmail vacation responder, place a tick near the line “Vacation responder on.”
Step 7. Then, specify the first day when the responder has to start working. In the provided screenshot, for instance, the first day is set at August 25. The last day, however, may be not specified, but you will turn the reminder off when you will be available again. However, you can notice that the last date is set at September 1st in the screenshot.
Then, proceed to the following line, where you have to type the theme in. In the screenshot, the subject is specified as “Currently unavailable” in order to make the senders grasp the matter immediately.
Below it, in a small window, you should enter the text of the message. There, you should write, for instance, that you are unavailable for a certain time, tell the cause of being unavailable, the date when you will be back, or anything else. Besides, you can use any formatting, insert link or pictures, the same way you do in writing casual email letters.
After all, you can send such email letters only to the people, who are in your contact list. In order to do so, place a tick near “Only send a response to people in my Contacts”, which is located beneath the text window.
Step 8. Once you have completed and finally created the letter, click on the “Save Changes” button. Now, you are able to take advantage of the marvelous Gmail vacation responder feature.
By the way, you can get to know more about general settings of Gmail account by visiting this page.