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How to create an AutoResponder message in Mail in macOS High Sierra

Do you keep having to retype the same ol’ replies when using Mail in macOS High Sierra. No more! You can set up OS X Mail to respond automatically to incoming messages with a text you have pre-composed. Here’s how:

  • Launch Mail on your Mac, then open Mail>Preferences.
  • In the Preferences pane click Rules, then select Add Rule.
  • Enter a Description for the new rule, such as “Coffee Break” in the first line.
  • A series of drop-down options will appear. Set If to be any of the following conditions are met in the second line.
  • In the third line select Every Message in the drop-down list.
  • When you see Perform the following actions,d select Reply to Message from the drop-down menu.
  • A new item, Reply Message Text, will show up. Tap this, then create your auto-respond message. Click OK when you’re done.
  • Open Mail>Preferences>Rules and check your newly-created autorespond message to activate it.

To turn off any auto-responding rule:

  • Select Mail>Preferences.
  • Go to the Rules category.
  • Make sure the rule corresponding to the auto-responder you wan to disable is NOT checked in the Active column.
  • Close the Rules preferences window.
  • (This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.