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Gmail Labs Adds Auto Reply Feature


Gmail Labs Adds Auto Reply Feature

Gmail has added another feature in labs- Canned responses. With Canned Messages you will be able to save a reply you’re writing as a “canned response” and then quickly select one of these responses when you’re replying to a future e-mail. With Gmail filters you can sent this canned message as auto reply to specific mails. To activate this feature, go to Gmail labs and turn on Canned Responses.

Canned messages

Whenever you compose a mail, you can save the message as canned message by using the link below the subject line.

Save as canned responses

Using filters in Gmail, this canned message can be sent as auto replies to mails from any ID or using any particular format. To set up auto reply, create a new filter and in the settings you can select this canned message against the option “Send Canned Response”.

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Create Filter

With this feature, you can sent vacation responses and also different automated messages for different keywords in the filter. This is pretty useful feature from Gmail Labs.

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  3. Jussi

    August 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Good stuff, I had no idea gmail could do that. Thanks!

  4. Alex

    December 17, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Gracias por el dato, es justamente lo que andaba buscando !!

  5. nitin

    January 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm


    i am trying to make a filter based on “TO:” field and subject, but it sends the canned reponse to my own id. The sender never gets email

  6. april

    February 9, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Wow thanks for this info.. Do you know if I can set up autoreply for linked in using this?

  7. Nate Balcom

    March 21, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for the quick tute. I’ve done this before in the past, but forgot how I did it. Already tweeted this page. Thanks!

  8. Kristian Petersen

    August 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    It’s a nice feature! But it is possible to send the canned response to all instead of just to the sender of the email?
    I would like the response to go to the cc and bcc of the email as well

  9. Sloth

    September 19, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Thanks so much! This really helped with my small business.

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