+ 0 Votes messages should still come in w2ktechman 7 years ago but the first time that a person sends a message to you, an email is automatically sent back to them with your out of office message.To always send an out of office message, do not use the out of office assistant, instead, create a server rule for all incoming email to use a template + 0 Votes As stated... dpotter555 7 years ago As already stated, you will still receive all your emails as usual. The only difference with the "Out of Office Assistant" turned 'on' is that the sender will automatically received an automated reply to their email that you are "out of the office". + 0 Votes More information kolb 7 years ago I know that I should still get the email even when out of office is on, but no emails coming from outside of the clinic are getting the message. There must be a setting that I am missing. Also when I try the suggestion from w2ktechman about setting a rule up, I can only set rule for people on my contacts list.Thanks for your help. + 0 Votes Are you connected to an exchange server? w2ktechman 7 years ago If so, then the rules wizard should work perfectly fine. Go to tools -- rules and alerts-- new rule -- blank rule -- check messages when they arrive -- where my name is in the to or cc box -- have server reply using a specified messagecreate the message by clicking on the link -- finish + 0 Votes Also, check it with your home email address w2ktechman 7 years ago the out of office messages may be being blocked on the other side, depending on their setup. If it is at 1 company, then this is likely the issue.If it is not sending anywhere, have your exchange admin look over your account + 0 Votes Not much you can do laura.green 6 years ago We had the same problem here, and according to the main gurus, this is an issue with Outlook 2003. It does not send out of office assistant messages to third parties, which does seem to defeat the purpose of having it in the first place. It seems to be for interoffice communication only. + 0 Votes Out of Office Assistant and external emails apompey 6 years ago There is a setting on the exchange server that determines if out of office auto replies are sent internally and/or externally. To get to the setting:From Exchange System Manager (on your mail server), open Global Settings, then click Internet Message Formats. On the right hand side, you should have a default. Right click default and then choose properties. Click the advanced tab, then click to select Allow out of office responses. This will allow the system to respond to external mail addresses.You could use the Tools/Rules suggestion, but it is important to note that the Outlook client must be open in order to process the rule and respond to senders. + 0 Votes More information kolb 7 years ago I know that I should still get the email even when out of office is on, but no emails coming from outside of the clinic are getting the message. There must be a setting that I am missing. Also when I try the suggestion from w2ktechman about setting a rule up, I can only set rule for people on my contacts list.Thanks for your help.