Out of office assistance in Outlook 2003 disabled?!

Did somehow your “Out of office” assistant get disabled?
When you click on Tools>Out of Office Assistant do you get an error message:

“The command is not available. See the program documentation…blah blah blah”

There is a registry fix that you can do, but it doesnt always work.

Simple fix. Outlook likes to disable add-in’s (yes the OOO is an add-in) if it thinks it is causing a problem.


In Outlook go to Help, select > about Microsoft Outlook. Select disabled items. Out of office assistant is in the dialouge box, enable it.