Outlook 2007: Out Of Office reply without PC turned on

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June 10, 2018 at 11:44:35
Specs: Windows 7, e6850/4GB
I have followed online guides to set up an Out-Of-Office reply, but it only works if my work computer is on and Outlook is running... which makes the whole thing kind of redundant.

Is there a way to have the Out Of Office reply working when I am... out of office?


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#1
June 10, 2018 at 12:27:08
erm... logically no - as the application requires a booted up operating system?

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#2
June 10, 2018 at 12:32:49
Do you have an Exchange account? Have a look at this: https://support.office.com/en-us/ar...

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#3
June 11, 2018 at 00:13:16
I don't know if it's an Exchange account (it's a company PC).

Is there a way to find out?

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#4
June 11, 2018 at 04:03:39
There is nothing "redundant" about the process. Being "out of the office" and having Outlook running are mutually exclusive. One has nothing to do with the other unless you make it so. Nothing forces you to turn off your computer or shutdown Office when you leave.

In any case, if it's a company PC, call your tech support department. Whoever set up your PC or is currently responsible for your IT environment should be able to tell you how Outlook is configured. Until you have an answer from them, why not just lock it and go?

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#5
June 11, 2018 at 04:22:35
>"Nothing forces you to turn off your computer or shutdown Office when you leave."

Except for my boss, who FORCES ALL EMPLOYEES TO TURN OFF THEIR COMPUTERS WHEN THEY LEAVE.

Except that.


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#6
June 11, 2018 at 06:25:33
If company policy is to powerdown computers when you leave, that’s it... If there is a server which handles incoming mail, and that is left on overnight, then possibly your IT dept. can arrange to have your emails forwarded when out of hours? Otherwise...?

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#7
June 11, 2018 at 08:46:27
>"Except for my boss, who FORCES ALL EMPLOYEES TO TURN OFF THEIR COMPUTERS WHEN THEY LEAVE."

There's no need to shout, we can hear you just fine when you use lower case.

The following link contains info on:

- Using the Out of Office Assistant with an Exchange account
- Enabling Automatic Replies with a non-Exchange account
- Determining whether or not you are using an Exchange account

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

If your boss requires you to power down your computers and your IT environment prevents the use of OOO replies when the system is powered down, then he can't expect you to use them. If you can justify a business reason for needing OOO replies, then your boss has a choice to make:

- Provide an environment that allows for OOO replies when the systems are powered down
- Allow users to leave their systems powered on so that the OOO reply feature works.

If, in your boss's opinion, there is no business justification to provide an environment where OOO replies will work, then you are probably out of luck.

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#8
June 11, 2018 at 13:39:48
Did you check the link I supplied in response #2? It shows you how to tell if you have an Enterprise account or not. It also states this: "If you don't see Automatic Replies after selecting File, you're probably using a Gmail, Yahoo, or other POP or IMAP account that doesn't support the Outlook Automatic Replies feature. You can setup a rule that will reply to incoming messages, but only if you leave Outlook running."

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