The "Out of Office Assistant" is a Microsoft
Outlook feature that allows users to send automatic replies to people who send
emails to them when they are out of the office or otherwise unavailable.
This feature is only available to Outlook users with
Microsoft Exchange Server email accounts. Most personal email accounts through
home Internet service providers do not support this feature.
If your Out of Office Assistant is missing from your
"Tools Menu," it may be disabled, turned off or not installed.
Confirm that the Out of Office Assistant is installed and turned on.
To access the "Out of Office Assistant" menu
command, you must be in mail view. It is not accessible from
"Calendar," "Tasks," "Notes" or
From your Inbox, click "Tools,"
"Options," the "Other" tab and select "Advanced
Click "Add-in Manager" and select the
"Exchange Extensions Commands" check box.
Try to access your "Out of Office Assistant."
If the Exchange Extensions Commands" check box is not
available in the "Add-in Manager," proceed to Next Step .
Check that the "Exchange Extensions Commands"
are enabled. Click "Help," then "About Microsoft Office
Outlook" and select "Disabled Items."
If "Exchange Extensions Commands" is set to
"Disabled," select it and click "Enable."
Attempt to use the "Out of Office Assistant"
command. If it's still not available, proceed to Next Step .
Install "outex.ecf." From your "Tools"
menu, click "Options" and select "Add-in Manager."
Then click "Install" and select
Try to use the "Out of Office Assistant."
If you are still unable to use the "Out of Office
Assistant," contact your system administrator.
Troubleshoot the Out of Office Assistant