Automatically replying to emails in Gmail is a task that actually can’t be accomplished natively , but it can be done by pairing a few of our favorite tools. Gmail Filters and the Canned Responses Lab are very useful on their own, but they can actually be used in tandem to automatically reply to incoming messages.

If you’re not familiar with the Canned Responses Lab, it allows you to create templates of emails that you send often, and quickly insert the entire template into an email. Meanwhile, Gmail filters can automatically take action upon an email based on a pre-set criteria. For example, you could set a Gmail filter to always mark internal emails as important.

One of the actions a Gmail filter can take is automatically assign a Canned Response template to an incoming message and send a reply. This is an extremely useful tool if you find yourself sending the same message over and over again. Even if the messages arrive infrequently, pairing Gmail filters with Canned Responses can make those emails on less thing to worry about.

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Brittany Lusardi
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Brittany Lusardi

Hi, great post! I have been utilizing canned responses but really interested to know if there is a way to redirect the message to another person automatically. For example, I set up a google form that my company uses to submit advertising requests to… I receive the confirmation of form submission but I need this to then go to someone else. I cannot make this person the owner of the form so I don’t see another option here..?

Shiva
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Shiva

I have created a form which I would like to send to the people who send me mail with standard “Subject”. Can Sending a form be a canned response?

Carl Collins
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Carl Collins

This is awesome stuff! You guys are great. Thanks!

George
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George

Thanks for your help, I have gone through the article and many other, tried setting up the filter canned responses on multiple different gmail account, both google apps and normal gmail, the filters are working because the message get labled and starred but no auto response gets sent. Is there some setting I’m missing?

Lawrence Watkins
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Thanks for this video. Is there anyway to merge data from the original email and create a more personalized canned response? The challenge I have with canned responses is that I can’t say something like “Hey John” automatically. I have to type in the name “John” and other relevant information before pressing send.

I’ve been trying to figure out a solution to this problem for over a year now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Nmid
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Nmid

Re:George on 02.04.14

I have the same problem.
Is the auto-reply using canned responses still working?

Jim
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Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be working. I’ve setup my automated canned response as shown on this website (specifying my canned response in a filter), but automated canned responses are not being sent. The filter is finding my test emails when I send them, since they are being appropriately labeled. Any ideas?

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