How to Set a Vacation Auto-Responder in Gmail

Last Updated Dec 13, 2010 2:18 PM EST

As we get closer to the end of 2010, most of us can look forward to at least a week's worth of badly needed vacation.

Of course, you don't want to leave customers, clients, and colleagues in the dark. That's why it's essential to set up an e-mail auto-responder before you go.

If you're a Gmail user, the process couldn't be much simpler. Here's a 45-second tutorial:

If you're an Outlook user, be sure to check out Dave's awesome how-to video on setting up e-mail auto-responders in Outlook.

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