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    Outlook 2002 -- Out of Office Assistant (2002)

    Hi -- I have tried all kinds of things to create a "vacation" rule. In previous versions, the Out of Office Assistant was exactly what I needed. It seems that feature is not available in ver 2002 and you have to create a rule. I'm having problems customizing a msg to automatically reply to incoming messages when I'm out of the office. Can anyone walk me through the steps to accomplish this? I will appreciate any tips or guidance.

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    Re: Outlook 2002 -- Out of Office Assistant (2002)

    Kim

    The Office assistant should be available if you have Exchange. 2002 help says :

    <font color=blue>Troubleshoot the Out of Office Assistant

    This feature requires Microsoft Exchange.

    The Out of Office Assistant menu command isn't on the Tools menu.

    This is an Exchange add-in feature that may have been disabled. You need to enable the menu command.

    On the Tools menu, click Options.
    Click the Other tab, and then click Advanced Options.
    Click Add-In Manager. Select the option Exchange Extensions commands. </font color=blue>

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    Re: Outlook 2002 -- Out of Office Assistant (2002)

    Andrew,
    Thanks for your timely reply to my post. I followed your directions and there is a check beside an entry called" Exhange Extensions Property Pages". Would that mean it is installed? I don't see Out of Office Assistant in the Tools menu. Do you have any other ideas?

    I may not have Exchange anymore. I'll keep trying different things! Thanks again for your help.
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    Re: Outlook 2002 -- Out of Office Assistant (2002)

    Kim

    You'd only have Exchange if you were on a corporate network and there was a shared mail system run by an administrator on a server. Otherwise - mail rules are all you've got available. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Outlook 2002 -- Out of Office Assistant (2002)

    A note to add to Andrew's advice; if you are on a corporate LAN your administrator may have intentionally disabled O-o-O; see the thread beginning with <post#=68003>post 68003</post#>. If you are not on a corporate LAN and have an ISP, your ISP may have an O-o-O equivalent, perhaps called auto-respond or something else.
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    Re: Outlook 2002 -- Out of Office Assistant (2002)

    Thanks for your additional note on LANs. I appreciate your reply. I've figured out how to do this in version 2002. Thanks to the help of several posts. This is truly a wonderful place to come when you need help in any Office program.

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