How to Use Hotmail Canned Responses


Canned responses can stand in good stead for anyone, no matter whether you need to warn the senders about technical problems or to message that you will be unavailable over a certain period of time. Luckily, Microsoft introduced this feature and has made it really easy to set up. This way, you are able to respond your senders automatically. In order to set this feature up, stick to the following procedure:


  1. At the beginning, you have to enter the official page of Hotmail by copying http://hotmail.com or http://outlook.com into the address line of the browser. Otherwise, pick Outlook.com among other programs in MSN.

  2. Enter the name of your account and password. Log in.

  3. Following it, go to the gear icon of Settings in the up-right corner and click on it. In the opened window, give a click on the "Options" button.

  4. In the large menu leftside, go to Shortcuts. There, click on the "Set up an automatic reply message" button.

  5. In the opened window, you can see a number of options. First of all, move selection from "Don't send automatic replies" to "Send automatic replies." Then, decide whether you want to send automatic replies always or within a given period of time. Since most people use it when they are on vacations or similar, the latter option is quite in demand.

    If you also need to do so, then place a tick near "Send replies only during this time period" and specify the start and end dates. Also, there are several other options which you can enable or disable. The most important, however, is whether you want to send automatic responses to everyone who sends you a letter or only to those people who are present in your contact list. Place a tick near the suitable option. After all, write the message you want in a chat box below.

  6. After you have arranged all the settings, finish the process by clicking on the "Save" button in the upper part of the window. Now, the specified people will get a message from you after sending an email.


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