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Gmail: Set Automated Gmail Messages Using Canned Responses

There may be times when you need to send a common message to a number of people over a period of time. It is an annoying task if you have to keep typing the same reply every single time you need to provide that response. You can now use the Canned Responses feature in Gmail Labs to set an automated message. In this Google Apps tutorial, you will learn how to set automated Gmail messages using the Canned Responses feature..

How to Set Automated Gmail Messages Using Canned Responses

1. Login to your Gmail account and click the Settings link.

2. Select the Labs tab.

labs tab

3. Scroll down and enable Canned Responses and click Save Changes.

Set Automated Gmail Messages

3. Compose a new email with the message that you want to save for future use. Just below the Subject text box, click Canned Responses and select New canned response.

save a canned message

4. In the dialog box that opens, in the name text box, enter a title for the canned message and click OK.

name of canned message

5. Your message is now saved to the Drafts folder. When you want to send the canned response to a contact, open up the email, click the Canned responses link and in the Insert section, select the message to insert it in the email message body. Enter the rest of the email specifications such as the To address and subject (if required) and send the email.

insert canned message

6. You can also apply further automation to the message by creating a filter with specific options to send the canned messages. For example, if you want to create an automated response to email received from a particular contact with specific words in the subject or message, here’s what you need to do.

a. When you create a canned message click the Create a filter link.

create a filter link

b. Specify the filter criteria. In this instance, I have set the criteria to filter messages received from a particular email address with the specified words and clicked Next Step.

create filter

c. Check the Send canned response check box, select the canned message, and click Create Filter.

canned filter

d. When you receive an email from the specified recipient with the set criteria, an automated email message is generated. All you need to do is click the Reply button, and send the message.

Canned responses is a great tool for Gmail users who provide customer services or technical support and who need to frequently send similar responses to a large number of users. If you haven’t used this feature, give it a try and let us know if it is useful in your line of work.

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    • Anshul Dixit December 23, 2010, 1:54 pm

      This is definitely a cool feature for lazy bones like me :). Jokes apart this is going to save a lot of time for people who have to send similar responses.

      • Eddie Gear December 23, 2010, 5:11 pm

        :). I’m glad to know that you have a good use for this feature Anshul.

    • Dave January 2, 2011, 8:27 pm

      This is a great / handy feature, but the problem is (as far as I can tell) you cannot control the email address that the recipient gets the canned response from.

      So in other words, let’s say I’m using multiple email address in my Gmail account (like a lot of professionals do these days because it’s smart and efficient) and someone sends an email to “” and the message arrives in my gmail account.

      Well the first part works well – one of my canned responses is automatically sent to the sender (so basically a canned auto-responder is what we have now) BUT the problem is that they get the message from “youremail” instead of “”

      If it wasn’t for that, this filter/canned/autoresponder combination would be really nice!

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