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In Outlook, is there a way (or an add-on that can do it) to schedule a recurring out-of-office message? I work 4 10's, so I'm out of the office every Monday, and it's a bit of a pain to have to reset my out-of-office message every single week.

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Why not just mark all day on Mondays as "out of the office" in your calendar? That status will show up in Outlook and Communicator. People shouldn't expect an "instant" response to email anyway.

Otherwise, it looks like you could get something close to work with either VBA or a custom add-in.

EDIT: Looks like you can get really close by using the Exchange Web Service, see SetUserOofSettings.

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I already to have Mondays marked as "out of office", but unfortunately most people at my company wouldn't know how to check it. And while people shouldn't expect a quick response, that's rarely the case - we live in the age of Twitter where people are increasingly expecting near-instant feedback. – bcwood Oct 24 '09 at 23:30
Great, the web services look like they'll do the trick. Although I'll have to see if our Exchange admin will actually give me access to them :) – bcwood Oct 26 '09 at 15:55

Currently it's not possible within Outlook, but if you are using Exchange Server you can schedule them all in advance.

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We are using Exchange Server - but doesn't that only let you schedule a single instance at a time? – bcwood Oct 22 '09 at 4:41

I don't think this is possible. I am not sure you can schedule OOO at all in Outlook 2007. It is a puzzling omission.

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