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Cannot create a template for auto-reply in Outlook/Word 2003.

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Cannot create a template for auto-reply in Outlook/Word 2003. Save as "Mail Template" (oft) not available.
Hi there and welcome

The reason will be that you have set Word as the editor which cannot be used for this.

If Microsoft Word is currently set to be your default email editor, you will need to turn that off. To do that please follow the instructions via the below link

Then you need to do the following steps please

Open a new Outlook message formatted as plain text.

Type the information that you want to have in your reply message.
On the File menu, click Save As.
In the Save As dialog box, click to select the Outlook Template check box in the Save As Type list.
Type a name for your reply template in the File Name box, and then click Save.

You than need to define a rule to have the auto reply work. This is done as follows

On the Tools menu, click Rules and Alerts.
In the Rules and Alerts dialog box, click the New Rule button on the E-mail Rules tab.
In the Rules Wizard, click the Start from a blank rule button, click Check messages when they arrive, and then click Next.
Under Which condition(s) do you want to check?, click to select the Sent Only To Me check box or any other check box that you want, and then click Next.
Under What do you want to do with the message?, click to select the Reply using a specific template check box.
On the Step 2: Edit the Rule Description page of the wizard, click the underlined phrase a specific template.
In the Select A Reply Template dialog box, click the template that you saved in step 5 of the "How to Define an Automatic Reply Template" section, and then click Open.
Complete the Rules Wizard instructions, click Finish, and then click OK.

If you encounter any difficulties, please do not hesitate to let me know.
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