Auto-response (out-of-office) message - how to disable

All new faculty/staff email accounts, and all inactive faculty/staff email accounts (those not logged into for more than six months or being forwarded to an external address) have an auto-response message set on them.  The purpose of this is to alert senders that their mail is not being received by the recipient.  The last thing we want to happen is for a student (or anyone for that matter) to be emailing their instructor at an address which is valid and exists - only to have that message not be read because the account is in use.  With this message in place the sender will instantly know that their message wasn't received.

This has caused some confusion though for faculty/staff who didn't know how to turn this message off.  The article below applies to anyone turning an auto-response (also known as an Out-of-office or vacation message) off, whether it is the initial message referred to here, or any regular out-of-office message.
  1. Login to your Office 365 email account
  2. If an auto-response message is on your account, you will be prompted with the message below.  It will be shown at the top right of the page after logging in.
    Automatic replies dialogue box with reminder that automatic replies are currently turned on
  3. To disable the message, select "Turn off" in that message box.
  4. You will then be brought to the settings section below.  Just click where it says Automatic replies on, then Save at the top right to update the setting.
    Automatic replies settings


Article ID: 35038
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