Downloads Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats

Still communicating with someone who is using Office 2003 or previous? You might want to include this link when sending mails with an attachment in the new Office 2007/2010/2013 document format like docx, xlsx and pptx.

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007/2010/2013.

Download: Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats

Downloads Conferencing Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook and Live Meeting 2007

With the Conferencing Add-in for Outlook, you can do the following without leaving the Microsoft Office Outlook messaging and collaboration client:

  • Schedule a Live Meeting session in the same way that you schedule and invite attendees to other meetings, and define participants as attendees or presenters.
  • Set meeting options.
  • Schedule a conference call.
  • Start sharing information using Office Communicator 2007 R2

Download: Live Meeting Conferencing Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook

Downloads Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook

Calendar Printing Assistant buttonThe Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook is a program that provides an easy way to print and customize Outlook calendar information.

With this download you can:

  • Print dynamic calendar views
  • Customize and personalize your calendars
  • Adjust information to changing views

After installing it, there will be a link for it in the Start Menu and not in Outlook;
Microsoft Office-> Microsoft Office Tools-> Calendar Printing Assistant

Download: Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook (32-bit only)

Examples for using the Calendar Printing Assistant

Below are some guides with scenarios in which the Calendar Printing Assistant is useful.

Notes:
The Calendar Printing Assistant is not fully compatible with Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016. You may need to trick the installer to get it installed.

There are also some stability issues which might crash Outlook when running the Calendar Printing Assistant.

Additionally, be aware that some dialogs may refer to Outlook 2007 even when you are using a later version of Outlook. This however is purely a cosmetic and not a functional bug.

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Downloads Microsoft Outlook pst-file backup-up Add-in

The Personal Folders Backup download allows you to easily create backup copies of your .PST files at regular intervals.

Officially, this add-in only works with Outlook 2002/XP, Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 but can be made compatible with Outlook 2010 as well by setting a specific option in the Registry.

This add-in can’t be made compatible with Outlook 2013. Instead, consider making manual backups or one of the many other (semi-) automated ways.

Download: Outlook 2007/2003/2002 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup

Downloads Outlook Hotmail Connector

Connect to your Hotmail/MSN/Live account from within Outlook with the Outlook Hotmail for increased functionality.

To find out which version you currently have installed see this Quick Tip.

Stable releases

The latest released versions of the Outlook Hotmail Connector is version: 14.0.6123.5001

Download: Outlook Hotmail Connector 32-bit
Download: Outlook Hotmail Connector 64-bit

Note:
You will only need to install the 64-bit version when you are using the 64-bit version of Outlook 2010. If you are using the 32-bit version of Outlook 2010 or a previous version of Outlook, then you’ll need the 32-bit version; even when you have installed Outlook on a 64-bit version of Windows.

BETA

Currently there are no BETA versions of the Outlook Hotmail Connector available.

Downloads Windows Search for Windows XP

Windows Search for Windows XP helps you to find, preview, and use your documents, e-mail, music, photos, and other items.

It is a required installation when you want to make use of the Instant Search (indexed search) feature of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 on Windows XP.

Windows Search has been integrated in Windows Vista and later so you won’t need to install it anymore.

Download: Windows Search 4.0 for Windows XP

Tip!
In case you are running into issues with Instant Search in Outlook see: Fixing Instant Search

Downloads Windows Mobile Device Center

Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) for Windows Vista, is the successor of ActiveSync to sync Windows Mobile 2003 devices and later (up to Windows Mobile 6.5) with Outlook.

Unlike the name suggests, WMDC can also be installed on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Download: Windows Mobile Device Center 32-bit
Download: Windows Mobile Device Center 64-bit

Tip!
For instructions to sync Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 8 with Outlook see;
Synching Outlook contacts and calendar with Windows Phone

Products OutlookTools

OutlookTools buttonOutlookTools is a support and advanced settings tool for Microsoft Office Outlook. It gives you easy access to Outlook settings and data folders and allows you to change settings that are normally only possible through the registry.

Main Program Features

  • Displays installation information of your Outlook version.
  • Easy access to Outlook settings and data folders.
  • Easy access to troubleshooting tools.
  • Start Outlook with a startup switch.
  • Clear the Most Recently Used lists.
  • Make the New Mail Alert stay up for longer than 30 seconds.
    (When using Windows 7 and/or Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010)
  • Unblock attachments.

Note!
After applying the June 2017 update for Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016, attachments that are safe (txt, docx, xlsx, pptx, pdf, etc…) may be blocked as well and can’t be unblocked by OutlookTools either as this is due to a bug in Outlook itself. For more information, workarounds and solutions see; Attachments are blocked after applying June 2017 update – Fixes available now.

Screenshots

The General tab displays your Outlook installation information and allows you quick access to various tools.
The General tab displays your Outlook installation information and allows you quick access to various tools.
The Folder Paths tab provides you easy access to various important folders which Outlook uses.
The Folder Paths tab provides you easy access to various important folders which Outlook uses.
Start Outlook with a command line switch. Hover on the switch for a detailed description of the switch.
Start Outlook with a command line switch. Hover on the switch for a detailed description of the switch.
Clear the Most Recently Used (MRU) lists.
Clear the Most Recently Used (MRU) lists.
Unblock attachment types that are blocked by default.
Unblock attachment types that are blocked by default.
 

Download

OutlookTools is a free tool; You can use it without paying anything. However, if you feel a donation would be a nice way to support OutlookTools and its future development, it will be very much appreciated.

 

The latest version can be downloaded by clicking the download button below. For a version history click here.

 

System Requirements

In order to function properly OutlookTools requires the following;

  • Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016 or Office 365.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
    (including all Windows Server equivalent versions).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 (detected during installation).

Version History

Version 3.0.0
Released: January 22, 2017
Complete redesign and focused on compatibility with current versions of Outlook and Windows.

  • added: Outlook Installation Information block on the General tab.
  • added: Tab with more common Folder Paths used by Outlook.
  • added: Tab with links to Support Guides.
  • added: Tab with links to various other tools and add-ins for Outlook.

Version 2.3.0
Released: June 2, 2010
Main focus was on adding support for Outlook 2010.

  • added: full Outlook 2010 detection support; both 32-bit as 64-bit versions.
  • added: on tab Startup Switches: added new startup switches for Outlook 2010 and did some rearranging.
  • added: on tab Clear MRU: added option to clear the MRU for Save Sent Items To (Outlook 2007 – 2010)
  • added: Help links on the Startup Switches and New Mail Alert tab for additional information.
  • updated: on tab Blocked Attachments: updated the block list for Outlook 2010.
  • fixed: some spelling errors.

Version 2.2.0
Released: April 29, 2009
Main focus was on updating for Office 2007 Service Pack 2.

  • updated: on tab Blocked Attachments: updated the blocklist for Office 2007 Service Pack 2
  • added: on tab Startup Switches: /cleanimp switch which was added in Office 2007 Service Pack 2
  • changed: on tab General: Office Update has been changed to Microsoft Update now that the separate Office Update page is gone.

Version 2.1.0
Released: March 27, 2007
Main focus was on adding 64-bit support.

  • added: 64-bit Support! For Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows Vista
  • added: on tab Startup Switches: Copy Command to Clipboard
  • added: on tab Clear MRU: Remove MRU for “Include, Business Card” in Outlook 2007
  • added: on tab Blocked Attachments: Level1Add regkey detection

Version 2.0.0
Released: September 1, 2006
A lot of changes with this new version release;

  • added: recoded from the ground up
  • added: retrieves Outlook profiles folders
  • added: button to start Account Settings
  • added: button to run ScanPst
  • added: button to run ScanOst
  • added: button to launch the Event Viewer
  • added: Minimize Outlook to the Notification Area
  • added: Read all mail in Plain Text
  • added: tab with start-up switches
  • added: tab to clear the Outlook MRU lists
  • added: tab to configure the duration and transparency of the New Mail Alert
  • added: tab to unblock attachments
  • added: easy startup via Start-> Run; outlooktools
  • fixed: no more error when deleting Read Only files from the SecureTemp folder

Version 1.1.0
Released: July 1, 2005

  • changed: Method to determine Outlook version
  • fixed: The tool now works for all Windows Regional Settings

Version 1.0
Released: March 18, 2005
Initial release

 Archive 58

Category Office    Office 2003 SP3 Released! (18 Sep, 2007)

Today Office 2003 SP3 got released. In true Office tradition you can expect this to be the final Service Pack that we’ll see for Office 2003 (but I’m sure we’ll see some additional Hotfixes though). You can download Service Pack 3 here or of course use Microsoft Update or Office Update.

I’ve also updated the guide on how to create an Office 2003 CD (or installation point) with Service Pack 3 slipstreamed into it.

View: Slipstream Office 2003 to SP3


Category How To    HowTo: Send Word Document As Email (05 May, 2007)

In previous versions of Word (pre-Office 2007) you had the ability to send the contents of your current document as the contents of your email. In Word 2007 you only have the option to send it as an attachment.

This guide will explain how you can recreate that functionality with a macro.

View: Send Word Document As Email


Category FAQ    Updated FAQ: Message stuck in Outbox (3 Apr, 2007)

I’ve updated the original article with information on how to delete a message stuck in the Outbox by using the Microsoft MDBVU32.EXE tool.

With 4 methods provided, you may contact me directly if you still can’t get it out after trying all methods ;-)

View: Updated FAQ: Message stuck in Outbox


Category Office    New Outlook Feature implemented: Cancels Meetings Ahead of Time (31 Mar, 2007)

Update 3 Apr, 2007; I hope you all had a great April Fool’s Day ;-)

Most of you know already that as a Microsoft MVP I know more about the development of the next version of Outlook (currently named Outlook 14). Most of the time I cannot share any of that information before Microsoft publicly announces it or when they clear me from the NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) I had to sign with them. This usually means that we are not allowed to talk about new features in the BETA up till days before the BETA is opened to the public. There are some exceptions like with Office 2007 (then still named Office 12) we were allowed to tell pre-BETA that you would have the option to save your documents in pdf-format. Unfortunately this feature didn’t apply to Outlook so we couldn’t share anything exciting yet. This time it is different and the scoop for Office 14 is exclusive to Outlook!

Two and a half weeks ago, during the MVP Summit, we were shown a great tool from Microsoft Research which adds intelligent resource planning (like for meeting rooms) which predicts the likelihood a meeting will actually take place!

In-line with the new marketing style of Microsoft to put new features in real-life environments by showing entertaining videos we were also shown a video. Although I cannot share the video we were allowed to share the scenario of it;

Clogged conference rooms and calendars open up as useless meetings are weeded out. Conference room traffic is at a six-year low.

“I didn’t think we needed a meeting anyway,” said manager Karen Lohman when she received a cancellation notice for her own meeting.

This didn’t happen by serendipity or premonition or even her own doing, but rather by a new feature built into the next version of Microsoft Outlook that automatically knows which meetings won?t happen based on the behavior of the organizer and participants.

“We saw last minute meeting cancellations happening again and again and decided we could create an algorithm that predicts ahead of time what meetings are necessary and which ones are not,” said Outlook developer Sara Hobblenobber.

Outlook uses criteria such as multiple reschedules by meeting organizer, lack of an agenda, and use of terms like “hash,” “re-hash,” “hash out,” “consensus,” “brainstorm,” and “team building” in the description field to auto-categorize a meeting as unnecessary.

Other features built into the meeting invite response buttons can predict the odds that a meeting will or will not happen.

For example, studying patterns of respondents who use the “Tentative” reply helps gauge the likelihood that they will actually attend. Research shows a parent with young kids will almost certainly never attend a 4 p.m. Friday meeting, while a young developer with an active nightlife has about zero chance of making an 8 a.m. meeting, even if their GM is the organizer.

With her calendar now wide open, Karen Lohman will have to get back to actual work.
“This is just the first step to really getting inside the head of the user,” said Hobblenobber. “Eventually, whole responses to e-mails can be composed with only a few actions.”

Future versions of Outlook might enable a built-in camera and microphone to analyze users’ thoughts and voice patterns. Verbal and nonverbal cues from e-mail recipients, such as muttering ?not this guy again? or making shifty eye movements after receiving e-mail from the boss could generate one of dozens of different automated responses to meeting invites.

“The auto-replies will save you the awkward task of saying “no” when your boss schedules a useless meeting. They’ll say the things you’re thinking and make them more authoritative,” said Hobblenobber.

The current beta version of the product has drawn rave reviews. In buildings where it was tested, conference room availability is up 84 percent.

“I needed to book a meeting on just two days notice. Normally I wouldn?t even try, but I actually found three rooms to choose from,” said Shante Bellows, a senior procurement manager.

As for Lohman, her workdays are quite different now. “I don’t know what to do with myself,” she says. “Most of the time on my calendar is now freed up. I guess I should get to work.”


Category How To    Delete a stuck Read Receipt (30 Mar, 2007)

Seeing messages being send without something in the Outbox? This could be a stuck read receipt.

View: Delete a stuck Read Receipt


Category Downloads    OutlookTools 2.1: 64-bit compatible! (28 Mar, 2007)

OutlookTools is a support and advanced settings tool for Microsoft Office Outlook. It gives you easy access to Outlook settings and data folders and allows you to change settings that are normally only possible through the registry.

New in this release

  • added: 64-bit Support! For Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows Vista
  • added: on tab Startup Switches: Copy Command to Clipboard
  • added: on tab Clear MRU: Remove MRU for “Include, Business Card” in Outlook 2007
  • added: on tab Blocked Attachments: Level1Add regkey detection

Main Program Features

  • Easy access to Outlook settings and data folders
  • Easy access to troubleshooting tools
  • Start Outlook with a startup switch
  • Clear the Most Recently Used lists
  • Make the New Mail Alert stay up for longer than 30 seconds
  • Unblock attachments
  • Hides options not available for your Outlook version

OutlookTools is completely free!

Download: OutlookTools


Category Downloads    PDF Previewers (28 Mar, 2007)

Use one of these PDF Preview Handlers to be able to view PDF attachments in the Outlook 2007 Reading Pane.

Download: Adobe PDF Preview Handler
Download: Foxit PDF Preview Handler


Category FAQ    Fixing Outlook after a Vista upgrade (05 Feb, 2007)

After you’ve upgraded your Windows version to Windows Vista you could have issues with getting Outlook to run properly while it worked perfectly before the upgrade. This guide explains some troubleshooting methods to get Outlook working properly again and to some extend also applies to any application that isn’t working anymore after a Windows Vista Upgrade.

It will also describe how you can do a clean installation of Windows Vista even when you only have an upgrade version!

View: Fixing Outlook after a Vista upgrade


Category FAQ    FAQ: Outlook 2007 and Word HTML (02 Feb, 2007)

If you work in IT or if you have been closely following the release of Outlook 2007 you’ve probably heard already that Outlook 2007 will use Word as the engine to display HTML-formatted emails. There has been quite some fuss about this and actually it is still going on. So what is this really all about? Well, to put it short; because it breaks some stuff… But really, trust me, it’s not completely a bad thing that it does so.

This guide will tell you the good, the bad and the ugly on Outlook 2007 and using Word as the HTML rendering engine. This informational faq also contains a work around for some of the issues.

View: FAQ: Outlook 2007 and Word HTML


Category How To    HowTo: Open Message in Internet Browser (02 Feb, 2007)

Outlook 2007 uses Word as the HTML rendering engine which could end up in a malformed display of the email message. In short; The Word HTML rendering engine doesn’t provide support for things like gif and flash animations, advanced css formatting and HTML accessibility.

This guide explains how you can render the message in a browser of your choice like Internet Explorer or Firefox by a click of a button.

View: HowTo: Open Message in Internet Browser


Category How To    HowTo: Signing your own macros with SelfCert.exe (02 Feb, 2007)

When you create a macro and are running Outlook with the default security settings you are not able to run the macro unless you either tamper with the default security settings or sign your own code with a digital certificate. Since it is not very common to have your own digital certificate you probably set your macro security to a lower level to be able to run your macro. There is no need for that; you can sign your own macros with SelfCert.exe so there is no more need to lower your security settings.

View: HowTo: Signing your own macros with SelfCert.exe


Category How To    HowTo: Save Embedded Pictures in Their Original Format (updated!) (02 Feb, 2007)

You've probably come across this at least once; You receive a nicely HTML formatted message with embedded pictures so the sender can tell the story with the pictures and when you try to save the pictures you can only save them as a bmp-file. Or; you receive a fun e-mail with an animated gif-file and when you try to save it you can only save or copy it as a bmp-file which will of course break the animation.

This How To article explains how you can save the embedded pictures in their original file format.

New features include;

  • You’ll be prompted to select a folder to store the attachments in
  • Attachments are stored with a date and time stamp so nothing gets overwritten
  • Works on the selected item so no need to open the message first anymore

View: HowTo: Save Embedded Pictures in Their Original Format (updated!)


Category Office    Windows Desktop Search 3.0 RTW for Windows XP (27 Oct, 2006)

Windows Desktop Search 3.0 is the technology which enables instant search on your computer. It helps you to find, preview, and use your documents, e-mail, music, photos, and other items. The search engine in Windows Desktop Search 3.0 is a Windows service that is also used by applications such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and OneNote 2007 to index application content and deliver instant results when searching within that application. Windows Desktop Search 3.0 provides fast indexing, improved performance, and improved file type support.

Download: Windows Desktop Search 3.0 RTW for Windows XP
Download: Windows Desktop Search 3.0 RTW for Windows XP x64 Edition
Download: Windows Desktop Search 3.0 RTW for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
Download: Windows Desktop Search 3.0 RTW for Windows Server 2003


Category Office    Microsoft Junk E-mail Reporting Tool version 1.0 for Microsoft Office Outlook (27 Oct, 2006)

The Junk E-mail Reporting Tool submits e-mail to Microsoft when you explicitly choose to do so. If you receive a junk e-mail and want to report it to us for analysis, first select the e-mail in Outlook and then click the junk e-mail button on your tool bar. You will see a pop-up window asking whether you want to report the selected e-mail to Microsoft and its affiliates. When you click Yes to confirm that youd like to report the selected e-mail as junk e-mail, the junk e-mail will be deleted from your Inbox and sent to FrontBridge, a Microsoft company, for analysis to help us improve the effectiveness of our junk e-mail filtering technologies.

Download: Microsoft Junk E-mail Reporting Tool version 1.0 for Microsoft Office Outlook


Category Office    Beta 2 Technical Refresh Available Tomorrow (13 Sep, 2006)

This morning, we announced that starting tomorrow (Thursday, Septemeber 14) you’ll be able to download the Beta 2 Technical Refresh build of Office 2007 (build 4407.1005).

Some of the more significant improvements to the user interface in Beta 2 Technical Refresh:

  • Improved support for the minimized Ribbon
  • Visual redesign of the “Northwest” corner of the programs
  • Double-click the Office Button to close the window
  • Silver color scheme
  • Redesign of the PowerPoint Home tab
  • Improvements to default styles for all objects (pictures, tables, charts, SmartArt, headers, footers, etc.)
  • Quick Customize Menu
  • New product icons
  • Usability improvements to the Office menu
  • Send button in the form in Outlook
  • Over 1000 changes (most minor) to the content of the Ribbon

View: Beta 2 Technical Refresh Available Tomorrow


Category Downloads    OutlookTools (01 Sep, 2006)

OutlookTools is a support and advanced settings tool for Microsoft Office Outlook. It gives you easy access to Outlook settings and data folders and allows you to change settings that are normally only possible through the registry.

Main Program Features

  • Easy access to Outlook settings and data folders
  • Easy access to troubleshooting tools
  • Start Outlook with a startup switch
  • Clear the Most Recently Used lists
  • Make the New Mail Alert stay up for longer than 30 seconds
  • Unblock attachments
  • Hides options not available for your Outlook version

OutlookTools is completely free!

Download: OutlookTools

 Archive 57

Category How To    Clear the Most Recently Used lists (01 Sep, 2006)

For certain actions Outlook holds a list of recently used items so you have quicker access to them. In some case you want to clear this list.

View: Clear the Most Recently Used lists


Category How To    Schedule a Recurring E-mail (01 Sep, 2006)

If you are sending the same e-mails on a recurring basis like daily, weekly, monthly etc… to send for instance a reminder or an update report as attachment you may want to automate that. Outlook doesn’t natively have this feature but with some code or add-in it can be done.

View: Schedule a Recurring E-mail


Category Office    Outlook 2007 Sample: Ribbon Extensibility Add-In (27 Aug, 2006)

The Outlook 2007 RibbonX Add-In is a learning tool that will help you understand how to customize the Ribbon for Outlook Inspector windows. It provides coverage of the following important new areas:

  • How legacy command bar customizations appear in an Outlook Inspector window
  • How to implement the Office.IRibbonExtensibility interface in an Outlook add-in
  • Providing Ribbon markup for Ribbon customization depending on the RibbonID string passed in the GetCustomUI callback
  • Using the IRibbonControl.Context object to find an instance of an Inspector object
  • Changing the state of Ribbon controls depending on the PropertyChange event for an Outlook item.

Download: Outlook 2007 Sample: Ribbon Extensibility Add-In


Category Office    Outlook 2007 Add-Ins: RulesAddin, TravelAgencyAddin, and PrepareMeAddin (27 Aug, 2006)

The Outlook 2007 Sample Add-Ins are a learning tool that will help you understand some of the important new features in the Outlook 2007 object model. They provide coverage of the following important new areas:

  • Using the Rules object model, which allows you to programmatically create or access most rules supported by the Outlook Rules Wizard (Rules sample)
  • Implementing a form region for an Outlook contact item (Travel Agency sample)
  • Adding a custom task pane to an Outlook AppointmentItem (Prepare Me sample)

Download: Outlook 2007 Add-Ins: RulesAddin, TravelAgencyAddin, and PrepareMeAddin


Category Office    Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Release Notes (27 Aug, 2006)

This download contains a standalone version of the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Release Notes.

Download: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Release Notes


Category Office    Video: Demonstration of the Scheduling Assistant (25 Aug, 2006)

Paul Tischhauser demonstrates the “Scheduling Assistant” feature in Outlook 2007 that is enabled with Exchange 2007.

View: Video: Demonstration of the Scheduling Assistant


Category Office    Top Exchange 2003 Recipient Problems and how they’re fixed in Exchange 2007 (25 Aug, 2006)

In Exchange 2007, recipient management is incorporated into the Exchange Management Console and Exchange Management Shell based on Windows PowerShell technology. Shell based management for these recipients allows us to overcome several current challenges of Exchange 2003.

There are a couple of key challenges in Exchange 2003 that we have specifically addressed with the Exchange 2007 recipient management model:

  • Poor separation between Windows Active Directory administrators and Exchange administrators
  • Split permissions model hard to implement, not available out of the box
  • Automating user management and provisioning is difficult
  • Recipient Update Service is a black box and not deterministic

Read the article to see how they have addressed these challenges.

View: Top Exchange 2003 Recipient Problems and how they’re fixed in Exchange 2007


Category Office    Microsoft winds back Office ribbon (25 Aug, 2006)

Microsoft has modified its new interface for Office 2007 after complaints from beta testers that the ‘ribbon’ system took up too much space on screen. Office 2007 has ditched the traditional drop-down menu approach of most Windows applications in favour of the ribbon, which displays functions in new categories such as Home, Insert and Mailing in a strip across the top of the screen.

Microsoft says the new interface makes it easier for users to access the wide range of features in applications such as Word, Excel and Access.

However, in the next technical refresh of the Office 2007 beta, users can set the ribbon to automatically minimise whenever it is not being used, effectively making the ribbon headings look like traditional menus. (Windows has long offered a similar auto-hide option for the taskbar.)

View: Microsoft winds back Office ribbon


Category Other    Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (25 Aug, 2006)

This update should also get rid of a printing bug when printing HTML formatted e-mails from Outlook.

Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Release Candidate 1 (RC1) has been designed to make everyday tasks easier, provide dynamic security protection and improve the development platform and manageability. End user improvements include a streamlined interface, tabbed browsing, printing advances, improved search functionality, instant feeds (RSS), dynamic security protection, and more.

View: Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1
Download: Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 for Windows XP SP2
Download: Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP1
Download: Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (Windows x64 Editions)
Download: Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Uninstall Toolkit


Category Office    Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta 2 (25 Aug, 2006)

Windows Desktop Search 3.0 (WDS) enables fast search on your computer using indexing technology. It helps you to find your documents, email, music, photos and other items. The search engine in Windows Desktop Search 3.0 is a Windows service that is also used by applications such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Office OneNote 2007 to index application content and deliver instant results when searching within an application. This release is an update to the Beta Engine Preview release of Windows Desktop Search 3.0. The most noticeable improvements include full Desktop Search UI, 64-bit support, and better performance. The installation process will automatically upgrade 2.5 and higher versions of Windows Desktop Search. Earlier versions of Windows Desktop Search should be uninstalled from Add/Remove Programs before this version is installed.

Download: Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta 2 for Windows XP
Download: Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta 2 for Windows XP x64 Edition
Download: Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta 2 for Windows Server 2003
Download: Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta 2 for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition


Category FAQ     Duplicate E-mails (July 22)

It’s probably one of the most annoying things; receiving the same e-mail multiple times. Actually I’m not talking about a single e-mail but basically all your e-mails and not just twice bot LOTS of times. This article discusses the most common configurations which lead to e-mail duplication and how to prevent them from happening again.

View: Duplicate E-mails


Category HowTo     Save Embedded Pictures in Their Original Format (updated) (June 13)

I’ve updated the original article with instructions on how to save the pictures to another folder than your Desktop.

View: Save Embedded Pictures in Their Original Format (updated)


Category Office     Outlook 12 BETA 2 Known Issues List (June 13)

Interested in running Outlook 12 BETA 2? Make sure you are aware of the known issues before installing!

This certainly isn’t meant as a sneer to everyone having their way with the latest and greatest but you’ll have to remember that this is BETA software. You could come accross these bugs and possibly some more as well. Don’t use it in (critical) production environments (test environments only!) and keep in mind that many of your add-ins won’t work (contact the vendor of the add-ins to verify if they consider themself Outlook 12 compatible already) and could lead to issues if you don’t deactivate them (Tools-> Trust Center-> Add-Ins). As always; make sure you keep backups of your data. Not only of during the BETA but also from before installing just in case you’ll need to do a disaster recovery.

Looking forward to continue discussing this new version with you in the newsgroups!

View: Outlook 12 BETA 2 Known Issues List


Category Office     Where did that feature go? (June 13)

Sadly no Outlook version of this tool but still very handy considering that so many people are running the BETA of Office 12. The tool shows the 2003 menus of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. When you use this menu it will tell you where you can find it in the Ribbon. “Sadly” this tool doesn’t work the other way around as I’m finding so many options with the Ribbon I never knew that they existed for versions already (kinda embarrasing). The Ribbon takes a little bit of getting used to but I find myself using much more options and I really am creating better documents because of it!

Word 2003 to 2007 Interactive Command Reference Guide
Excel 2003 to 2007 Interactive Command Reference Guide
PowerPoint 2003 to 2007 Interactive Command Reference Guide


Category Office     Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 Available for Download (May 23)

Evaluate the next release of Microsoft Office products for testing and planning purposes with 2007 Microsoft Office system Beta 2. The beta release contains all the functionality of the regular release, but is not the final product.

Download: Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2


Category HowTo     Adding Sound and Scrolling Text (workaround) (April 24)

I’ve previously described the proper and built-in method to add a background sound or scrolling text into an Outlook message here. However since Windows XP SP2 this method is no longer supported as SP2 disables the ActiveX component (because of security issues) that controls this functionality. Since there is no fix announced to revive this feature for any version of Office and running Windows XP without SP2 also isn’t a real option I wrote this workaround which describes a safe method to insert sound and/or scrolling text to an e-mail.

View: Adding Sound and Scrolling Text (workaround)