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Vacation Responder

You can set up a vacation response in your Gmail settings that will automatically reply to anyone who emails you. While the vacation responder is enabled, Gmail will send a response to anyone who contacts you. (Messages classified as spam and messages addressed to a mailing list you subscribe to will not receive a vacation response).

If that person contacts you again after four days and your vacation responder is still enabled, Gmail will send another vacation response to remind the person that you're away from your email.

Here's how to set up a vacation response:

  1. Click the gear icon  in the upper right, then select Settings.

  2. From the General tab,  in the Vacation responder section select Vacation responder on.

  3. Enter the dates between which you will be unreachable in the First day and Ends fields. These dates are inclusive so the Ends date should be the last day before you return to work.
  4. Enter the subject and body of your message in the Subject and Message fields.
    • If you've set up a signature in your settings, Gmail will automatically append it to the bottom of your vacation response.
  5. Check the box next to Only send a response to people in my Contacts if you don't want everyone who emails you to know that you're away from your mail. Check the box next to Only send a response to people in if you want only other students/faculty/staff to receive a response. If you check both of these boxes, only people who are in your contacts and are from SSE Riga will receive the automatic response. If you do not check either of the boxes, anyone who e-mails you will receive a response.
  6. Click Save Changes.

While the vacation responder is enabled, you'll see a banner across the top of any Gmail page, displaying the subject of your vacation response. To stop Gmail from automatically sending the response, click end now within the banner. Or, if you'd like to edit the response, click vacation settings.

Your vacation response will start over each time you edit it -- if someone receives your initial vacation response, and then emails you again after you've edited the subject or body of the message, he or she will receive the edited response, too.