Enabling External Out of Office Messages in Microsoft 365

In this segment, we are going to show you “Enabling External Out of Office Messages in Microsoft 365: A Step-by-Step Guide“.

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Out of Office (OOF) messages play a crucial role in informing external contacts about your absence and ensuring timely communication.

In Microsoft 365, enabling external OOF messages requires a few configuration steps.

This blog post provides a comprehensive guide on how to enable external out-of-office messages in Microsoft 365, allowing you to maintain effective communication while you’re away.

Step 1

  • Access the Microsoft 365 Exchange Admin Center
  • To begin, log in to the Microsoft 365 admin center using your administrator account credentials. This grants you the necessary permissions to access the Exchange Admin Center.

Step 2

Navigate to the Exchange Admin Center In the admin center, locate the “Admin Centers” section in the left-hand menu and click on “Exchange” under it. This action will take you to the Exchange admin center.

Step 3

Access the Remote Domains Settings Within the Exchange admin center, and select “Mail flow” from the left-hand menu. Then, click on the “Remote domains” tab located at the top of the Mail flow page.

Step 4

Configure the Default Remote Domain By default, there should be a remote domain listed as “*,” representing the default remote domain. Double-click on this entry to edit its properties.

Step 5

Enable External Out-of-Office Messages In the remote domain properties window, navigate to the “Message Format” tab. Within the “Automatic Replies” section, locate and check the box that says “Allow external out-of-office messages and legacy out-of-office messages.”

Step 6

Save the Changes After enabling external OOF messages, click on the “Save” or “Apply” button to save the changes you made to the default remote domain.

Step 7

Inform Users about External OOF Messages It is essential to educate your users about the implications of enabling external OOF messages. Advise them to set up their out-of-office messages appropriately, ensuring they provide concise and professional information to external contacts during their absence.

In Conclusion

Enabling external Out-of-Office messages in Microsoft 365 is a straightforward process that involves accessing the Exchange Admin Center and configuring the default remote domain.

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that external contacts receive timely notifications about your absence, maintain effective communication, and provide a professional experience.

Remember to communicate the importance of setting up Out-of-Office messages properly to your organization’s users, enhancing the overall productivity and professionalism of your team.

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Harish Kumar

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