The most important part of this post is the VERY LAST STEP. YOU MUST READ through to the end, otherwise, you’ll end up doing it wrong!
Creating an Out of Office reply message when your mail server does not support this feature. The Kerio Mail Server supports this function in the Web interface, so don’t follow these instructions if your mail is hosted by Mid-Atlantic Computer Solutions on a Kerio Mail Server.
Open Mail’s Preferences…
and click on Rules. You find the preferences in the Mail menu just to the right of the Apple menu.
Click Add Rule
And copy the above settings.
Enter the reply message in the Reply Message text dialog.
Don’t forget to enable this rule before you leave…
and disable it when you get back. If you subscribe to any automatic mailing lists or group discussion lists, it is a good idea to unsubscribe from these lists while you are away, as every message that comes into your inbox gets one of these replies.
After you have created your rule, Mail will ask you if you want to apply the rule to existing messages. DO NOT ALLOW THIS, otherwise you’ll send a response to every person who has a message still sitting in your inbox! (thanks for the tip on this one, MC!)