Gmail vacation autoresponder!

Woohoo! Just in time for the holidays, Gmail added a simple way to go on vacation and set up autoresponding. It won’t respond to emails labeled as spam, and you can even choose to send autoreplies only to people in your contact list.

In my geek utopian dream, I could send a different vacation message to Googlers than to folks outside Google, but this will work for 99% of people.

19 Responses to Gmail vacation autoresponder! (Leave a comment)

  1. Hi Matt – are you saying 99% of your favorite peeps are outside of Google? …well thank you…
    Just be sure to send Jeremy Z a nice Christmas Card.

  2. Can you set up gmail to send out autoresponders to those aunts and uncles that always send socks for christmas? I just hate having to write them a thank-you-card when in reality I just want them to either send money or at least stop sending ugly socks. I wonder if it would work if I told them I moved… to gmail ?

  3. Good news! πŸ˜€ At first I didn’t use GMail too often until I got addicted to Mozilla Thunderbird.. SMTP/POP is the greatest thing since… caves.

    Also, off topic… but Matt, You need to write some recipes in your Food section! (everyone has at least one mean meal they can cook up).

    See: for mine. I’ll write another one soon (actually… not too soon) on ‘Italian Swiss Chicken’ It’s amazing πŸ˜€

  4. Harith

    Good morning Matt

    In case you meet GoogleGuy today at the plex, you may wish to tell him: long time no post on WMW!

    Btw. has GG got married recently, or maybe just met a gorgeous GoogleGirl? πŸ™‚


    Have a great day.

  5. gjaman

    I don’t know why, but it always annoyed me that checking spelling would lock the textarea until I clicked “resume editing”. It made my day yesterday when I noticed that while in Rich formatting mode, errors are just highlighted and I can continue typing! This probably isn’t a new feature, but I wanted to share my excitement!

  6. Great addon for Google mail.

    Matt, when is Google going to decide when to make it public?

  7. Tom


    when google roll out these updates, they never seem to make it to my gmail account! I ponder why and came up with the following reasons – would love any feedback!

    – uk gmail account?
    – lots and lots and lots and lots of servers takes lots (etc) of time
    – google doesn’t like me?!


  8. Aaron Pratt

    Yes indeed, love this feature!



  9. Matt

    Tom, sometimes it just takes time..

  10. Matt,

    I know its extremely bad practice to just come to your blog and spam away, but I’d really like to pose a question… I was taken off the google index even though I fixed the one problem Google had with our site.

    I’d be indebted to you if I could have just a moment of your time (shoot me an email?) to help resolve my problem. Not that you’d need anything from our small company, but I’d be happy to let you grab a few things from our line up for just a little help.

    Merry Christmas,

    Wing Yew

  11. sorry, the question πŸ™‚ (why!?).

  12. Jack Teabag

    Grrr its holiday not vacation, damn yanks.

  13. Thanks for that tip. I’d never find something like that normally i don’t think?

  14. Whoa – I’m even more excited about the new mobile gmail. With Treo650 it’s been hard to read the mail through the gmail browser.. I should stop being so hard on Google in my blog posts – you guys really know how to innovate.

  15. Ian

    I think GoogleGuy has been replaced by (or come out as? πŸ˜‰ ) Matt πŸ™‚

  16. Harith

    Ian Said,

    “I think GoogleGuy has been replaced by (or come out as? πŸ˜‰ ) Matt :)”

    I was afraid that you write that GG came out as a Jeremy πŸ™‚

    However, for me, GoogleGuy is just like Santa Claus. He always come with gifts in the form of valuable tips. Just as children believe in the existance of Santa Claus. I believe that there is a GoogleGuy.

  17. Excellent. I’ve stuck with GMail through the tough times and now the features just seem to be rolling in.

  18. Kate

    I set up the google vacation auto-reply last Thursday and now that l want to remove it l can’t find the functionality anywhere in gmail. Even the “how to” pages have been removed for this. Can anyone help?