Setup an out-of-office/vacation message in Gmail


Out-of-office or vacation messages are a great way to let people know you may be delayed in getting back to them, or that your email address is changing. Google offers a service for Gmail users that allows for automatic out-of-office replies. Penn LPS online students may find the service useful for the following situations: 

  • Travel during School Breaks 
  • Notifying contacts that email address will change (following Graduation or other circumstances).

Before You Start 

You might need one or more of the following before you can complete this task: 

  • An active Gmail account (Google@SAS or personal)


Gmail provides step by step directions on setting up an out-of-office reply:

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