Here's how to set up a vacation response:


  1. Click the gear icon in the upper right, then select Settings.

  2. From the General tab, scroll down to the Vacation responder section. 
  3. Turn Responder On, Enter a Start and End Date, and enter the subject and body of your message.


  4. If you've enabled a personalized signature in your settings, Gmail will automatically append it to the bottom of your vacation response.
  5. Check the box next to Only send a response to people in my Contacts if you don't want everyone who emails you to know that you're away from your mail. You'll also see an option to only send a response to people your domain. If you check both of these boxes, only people who are in your contacts and mhrd.org domain will receive the automatic response.


  6. Click Save Changes.


  • While the vacation responder is enabled, you'll see a banner across the top of any Gmail page, displaying the subject of your vacation response. 
  • To stop Gmail from automatically sending the response, click end now within the banner. Or, if you'd like to edit the response, click vacation settings.