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I couldn't find a way to configure out of office auto reply mechanism in Thunderbird like there is in Outlook. The only way i have found through searching online is to create a message filter but that needs the laptop and Thunderbird to be running all the time, which is stupid in my view. Please share if you know a way.

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The question is interesting, but I do not agree with the stupidity, because if the client could be closed, so it is a mail server configuration, that is completely different. – enzotib Feb 1 '12 at 8:03
But if you're on vacation then you wouldn't keep your laptop at home running. That's my concern – subeh.sharma Feb 1 '12 at 8:08

Thunderbird and Outlook are local E-Mail-Clients so they must be running to answer your E-Mails. The difference is, that Outlook is often connected to an Exchange-Server which sends those Messages on your behalf (and runs all the time btw.). Thunderbird doesn't have such a Server equivalent and therefore doesn't provide the functionality you are asking for. You need to find out which Mailserver your company is running and configure your out-of-office note there (ask an Admin).

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btw any extention which might be able to communicate with the exchange server the way Outlook does? – subeh.sharma Feb 1 '12 at 8:04
@subeh.sharma I doubt this exists, see – wintersolutions Feb 1 '12 at 8:22

Probably we can work with the add-on for Lightning being worked upon which definitely solves the extended out-of-office functionality but lacks in caching of events. How you do it is.. 1. Install the add-on from

  1. Map it using the EWS setting as mentioned in the FAQ.

  2. Whether use the calendaring or not it do a RIGHT_CLICK on the Calendar -> Click Out_Of_Office_settings

  3. That is all you need.

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