Auto-Reply in Windows Live Hotmail

August 18, 2007 at 3:08 am 48 comments

Question: How do I set up an auto-reply in my Windows Live Hotmail account?


Solution: (This solution is only for Hotmail users – Newest version of Hotmail required) To the left of the top menu bar, click on the ‘Options‘ button and then click ‘More Options’ in the drop down menu. Under Manage your account, click on the link that says, ‘Send Automated Vacation Replies‘. Fill in – Send vacation replies to people who e-mail you and then write a message that will be replied to the sender. Then click ‘Save‘.


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  • 1. Conan  |  August 19, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    I did everything you said and it is not even there I also do have Windows Live amd it is fully updated. I have a mac so would that be different if so please let me know to do this

  • 2. 88michael  |  August 20, 2007 at 8:39 am

    The operating system will not affect this problem, but the web browser that you are using may limit the features you are allowed to use. Opera is one good example. If you Opera with Windows Live Hotmail, you will only see a classic version. The browser than has the best compatibility with Hotmail is Internet Explorer 7. But since you are using a Mac, you can try Camino. (Camino is like FireFox for a Mac.) I am not too sure about Safari but I know that it is not very stable with Hotmail. Note that if you are using the classic version of Hotmail, then you cannot use the auto reply feature.

  • 3. 88michael  |  August 22, 2007 at 7:00 am

    There seems to be an ActiveX control where you enter the reply. So you’d actually have to use IE on Windows for
    that to work. On Firefox in Windows, the page doesn’t appear to
    completely load.

  • 4. B Al Eisen  |  November 26, 2008 at 12:07 am

    I am trying to remove the vacation message. It won’t go away. Please help!

  • 5. 88michael  |  December 1, 2008 at 6:39 am

    @B Al Eisen – Try removing the vacation message in a different web browser. If it still doesn’t work, try removing the message on a different computer. If not, then contact the WL Hotmail support team.

  • 6. vince monte  |  December 18, 2008 at 3:00 am

    i am using the vacation reply for my business email but any ideas as of how to change the subject, at the moment it just says ‘vacation reply’

    • 7. liz  |  June 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

      I am wondering the same thing, can you change the subject line instead of saying “vacation reply“?

  • 8. 88michael  |  December 20, 2008 at 11:50 am

    @vince monte – Do you see a little box for entering your vacation message?

  • 9. Shohug  |  December 24, 2008 at 6:33 am

    please help me to change the safari cache directory on windowsXP.

  • 10. NZ  |  March 5, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Thanks for your instructions, very clear and helpful….

  • 11. Michelle Stiller  |  September 5, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I don’t want the auto-reply to say vacation message because I am not on vacation. I do want an auto-reply sent out, though, since I am receiving a high volume of applications at this time. How do I send one out that doesn’t say “vacation?”

    • 12. 88michael  |  November 5, 2009 at 6:36 am

      Sorry, I am not too sure about this.

  • 13. Bruce Wagner  |  March 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    The Answer to EVERY Question Above:

    (1) Go to and click Sign Up.

    (2) Find some computer somewhere that still has Windows and Internet Explorer on it. Use that computer to log in to your Hotmail account and set up an auto-reply (using the instructions above). Make your auto-reply say:

    “No, I am not on vacation. However, my email address has changed. Please update your address book. My new correct email address is:


    Don’t use Hotmail.

  • 14. Laurel  |  April 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    The “send automated vacation reply” is no longer available on Live Hotmail. It doesn’t come up in the options menu. What is up with that?

  • 15. Kim  |  May 17, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I can’t find the Auto vacation reply in my options…where did it go???

  • 16. mary  |  May 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I also no longer have the automated rreply response. This is really frustrating.

  • 17. mcpvc  |  June 1, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Unfortunately it’s no longer available. Hotmail disabled it “for a while”. Probably too many spam issues…

  • 18. loyola  |  June 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I did all that is asked of me under options but I do not find the auto reply. Should I update my version?

  • 19. Sohail khan  |  June 18, 2010 at 5:22 am

    How can i set the outo reply plz guide me plz

  • 20. Jhon  |  July 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    The Auto reply has been removed for a while because of spammers using it. It will be added again when the issue has been sorted.

  • 21. Rosie  |  August 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Just found out the feature has been discontinued – VERY annoying. So now I’ll get a truckload of angry emails when I get back from holiday

    *seriously considering switching over to gmail as my main account*

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