A vacation responder will automatically reply to messages received by an account during the time period set in the responder. This is typically used to alert the sender that the message was received, but that you are currently not viewing your email on a regular basis. They should expect a reply later than usual.
Your vacation responder starts at 12:00 AM on the start date and ends at 11:59 PM on the end date, unless you end it earlier.
In general, your reply is only sent once to people who email you. However, if the same person contacts you again after four days and your vacation responder is still on, Gmail will send another vacation response to remind the person that you're away from your email. Your vacation response will start over each time you edit it, so if someone receives your initial vacation response, and then emails you again after you've edited the subject or body of the message, he or she will receive the edited response.
Log in to your University of Minnesota Gmail account.
Click the Settings (Gear) icon in the upper right hand corner.
Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
On the General tab, scroll down to the Vacation responder section.
Click the radio button for Vacation responder on and fill in the start and end date, as well as the subject and body of the email you would like to send.
Note that you can limit who can see your vacation response (last two options)
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.
While the vacation responder is on, you'll see a banner across the top of your Gmail that shows the subject of your vacation response. Click the End now link in the banner to turn off the vacation responder, or click Vacation Settings to edit your response.