To create an auto-reply message in Windows Mail or Outlook Express: Open Notepad. Type the message you want to appear in the body of your autoresponse. Select File | Save from the menu. Type "Vacation Auto-Reply" under File name:. Make sure Text Documents (*.txt) is selected under Save as type:. Close Notepad. Open Windows Mail or Outlook Express. Select Tools | Message Rules | Mail... from the menu. Go to the Mail Rules tab. Click New.... Make sure Where the To or CC line contains people is checked under Select the Conditions for your rule:. Alternatively, you can check For all messages. It usually makes sense to reply automatically only to messages sent directly to your email address, however. Under Select the Actions for your rule:, check Reply with message. Click on the contains people link under Rule Description. Type your email address. Click Add. If you have more than one address, repeat the previous two steps. Click OK. Now click the message link, also under Rule Description. Select Text (*.txt) from the Files of type: drop-down menu. Highlight the "Vacation Auto-Reply" file. Click Open. Under Name of the rule:, type something like "Vacation Auto-Reply" as well. Click OK. Click OK again. To turn off the out-of-office auto-responder without deleting the rule: Select Tools | Message Rules | Mail... from the menu in Windows Mail or Outlook Express. Make sure your "Vacation Auto-Reply" filter is not checked on the Mail Rules tab. Click OK.