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How to Insert Images to an Automatic Reply in Outlook?

The Automatic Replies feature in Outlook is useful when we are out of office or not available to respond to email messages immediately. But Outlook doesn’t support inserting images when you compose the auto-reply message in the Automatic Replies dialog box. Or even when you copy and paste an image in the Automatic Relies, the image can’t be opened or viewed. So, what we should do when we really need to insert an image into an automatic reply? In this tutorial, we will introduce to you two methods to insert pictures into an automatic reply.

Note: Here takes Microsoft Outlook 365 as an instance, the steps and descriptions may have some differences in other Outlook versions.


Insert images to an automatic reply using a specific message

Tips: This method only works in Microsoft Outlook Exchange account.

1. Enable Outlook, click the File tab. Then click Manage Rules & Alerts in the Info section.

2. In the Rules and Alerts dialog box, click New Rule under the Email Rules section.

3. In the Rules Wizard dialog box, select Apply rule on messages I receive, then click the Next Button.

4. In the following Rules Wizard dialog box, select sent only to me as the condition, then click the Next button.

5. In the following Rules Wizard dialog box, select have server reply using a specific message in Step 1: Select action(s), and click on a specific message in the Edit the rule description box in Step 2.

6. A blank message composing page pops up; you can input the subject and edit the message. Go to the Insert tab and click Pictures to insert an image.

7. Click Save & Close to save the automatic reply message and close the window.

8. Back in the Rules Wizard dialog box, you can see the specific message is now named as Auto Response, the saved message’s subject. Then click the Next button.

9. In the next Rules Wizard dialog box, click the Next button without checking any exceptions.

10. In the next Rules Wizard dialog box, input a name for your auto reply rule in the Step 1: Specify a name for this rule box. Then click the Finish button.

Note: The Turn on this rule option is checked by default in Step 2: Setup rule options. If you want to use this rule for messages you already received, please check the Run this rule now on messages already in ‘Inbox” box.

11. Then it returns to Rules and Alerts dialog box, click the OK button to complete the setup.

Now when your Exchange account receives a message, an automatic reply message with image will be sent to the sender.


Insert images to an automatic reply using a specific template

1. Click Home > New E-mail to create a new message. Then input the subject and message. Go to the Insert tab and click Pictures to insert an image.

2. Click File > Save As to save the message as an auto reply template.

3. In the Save As dialog box, select Outlook Template (*.oft) from the Save as type drop-down list, and click the Save button.

4. Then click Home > Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts.

5. In the Rules and Alerts dialog box, click New Rule under the Email Rules section.

6. In the Rules Wizard dialog box, select Apply rule on messages I receive, then click the Next Button.

7. In the following Rules Wizard dialog box, select sent only to me as the condition, then click the Next button.

8. In the following Rules Wizard dialog box, select reply using a specific template in Step 1: Select action(s), and click on a specific template in the Edit the rule description box in Step 2.

9. Then Select a Reply Template dialog box pops up. Select the User Templates in File System from the Look in drop-down list, select the auto reply template you created just now, and click the Open button.

10. Back in the Rules Wizard dialog box, click the Next button.

11. In the next Rules Wizard dialog box, click the Next button without checking any exceptions.

12. In the next Rules Wizard dialog box, input a name for the rule in the Step 1: Specify a name for this rule box. Then click the Finish button.

Note: The Turn on this rule option is checked by default in Step 2: Setup rule options. If you want to use this rule for messages you already received, please check the Run this rule now on messages already in ‘Inbox” box. And if you want to apply this rule to all email accounts, please check the Create this rule on all accounts box.

13. Then it returns to Rules and Alerts dialog box, click the OK button to complete the setup.

Now once you receive a message in Outlook, an automatic reply message with image will be sent to the sender immediately.


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