I have recurring events that cause me to be out of the office on a regular basis. I have updated my calendar to reflect that I will be out of the office.

Currently I use the "Out of Office" automatic replies. I don't want to have to turn them on every time I will be gone - especially since I know far in advance and it is a regularly recurring event.

Is there any way to turn on my "Out of Office" automatic replies when an event in the calendar is marked "out of office"?

Note: I am currently using Outlook 2010, but I could upgrade to 2013 if it has this functionality.

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    That certainly would be a nice feature. It definitely is not a feature Outlook allows and I have not be able to find any code or add-ins which would facilitate it.
    – CharlieRB
    Mar 25, 2013 at 15:04
  • would be possible by a script that runs on every mail arrival (which also checks calendar) but would mean the client is on.
    – tgkprog
    May 7, 2013 at 8:51
  • NB: the old link is deprecated, but you can still (after all this time) vote for the feature: feedbackportal.microsoft.com/feedback/idea/…
    – Neele22
    Dec 23, 2022 at 13:23

2 Answers 2


It is not possible. Out-of-office replies are sent by Exchange. There is no Exchange feature that reads calendar events in users mailboxes.

Calendar reminders are sent by Outlook, there is no link between the two that can be turned on.


This is not a walkthrough, but it does provide the steps required in order to get it working. If anyone actually completes this, I would love to see them post it.

Use the Rules Wizard. On every inbound mail, you will want to run a script.

The script you will want to run is an Outlook VBA script, which will perform the following actions:

Additional References:

Good luck and godspeed!

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    But this won't work if the client machine is shut down, right? I think the OP wants the replies to happen completely automagically. Jun 12, 2013 at 15:26
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    How about a script which runs when you exit Outlook? Which finds the next olOutOffice event, then sets up Automatic Replies with appropriate "during this time range". Means you must log back in in-between each OOO event. Jul 1, 2014 at 10:34
  • @CarlWitthoft: it's possible "if you have an e-mail account on a Microsoft Exchange Server, the server can apply rules to your messages even if you don't have Outlook running" (office.microsoft.com). But I'm guessing the OP doesn't. Jul 1, 2014 at 10:46

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