HowTo Slipstream Service Pack 3 into Office 2003

When you slipstream Service Pack 3 into your Office 2003 installation point, Office 2003 will be installed at Service Pack 3 level saving you the trouble of applying it afterwards. All you need is Office 2003 Service Pack 3 and the installation CD of Office 2003.

  1. Download the administrative version of Office 2003 SP3 and save it to C:\ (click here for a different language than English)
  2. Extract the Office2003SP3-KB923618-FullFile-ENU.exe file to C:\o2k3sp3a
    Start-> Run and type;
    C:\Office2003SP3-KB923618-FullFile-ENU.exe /t:c:\o2k3sp3a /c
  3. Insert your Office 2003 CD and make an administrative installation point to C:\o2k3
    To do this open the Run command again and type;
    D:\setup.exe /a (where D:\ is your CD-ROM drive)
  4. When the installation point is created open the Run command again and type*:
    msiexec /a C:\o2k3\pro.msi /p C:\o2k3sp3a\MAINSP3.msp
  5. When the update is finished you can write the content of C:\o2k3 to CD and you’ll have an Office 2003 SP3 slipstreamed CD!

Note 1: You can append /qb+ to the preceding command line to avoid receiving the Office 2003 Administrative Installation dialog box and the End User License Agreement dialog box.
Note 2: You can follow these instructions as well to include the hotfixes

*Replace with your msi name. Just a quick list to get the idea;
pro.msi          = Office 2003 Professional
proret.msi      = Office 2003 Professional Retail
std.msi          = Office 2003 Standard
stdret.msi      = Office 2003 Standard Retail
sberet.msi     = Office 2003 Small Business Retail

If it ends with tri it is a trial edition; protri.msi

HowTo Slipstream Office XP to SP3

When you slipstream Service Pack 3 into your Office XP installation point Office XP will be installed at Service Pack 3 level saving you the trouble of applying it afterwards. All you need is Office XP Service Pack 3 and the installation CD of Office XP.

  1. Download the administrative version of Office XP SP3 and save it to C:\ (click here for a different language than English)
  2. Extract the OfficeXpSp3-kb832671-fullfile-enu.exe file to C:\oxpsp3a by Start-> Run and type;
    C:\OfficeXpSp3-kb832671-fullfile-enu.exe /t:c:\oxpsp3a /c
  3. Insert your Office XP CD and make an administrative installation point to C:\offxp
    To do this open the Run command again and type;
    D:\setup.exe /a (where D:\ is your CD-ROM drive)
  4. When the installation point is created open the Run command again and type*:
    msiexec /a C:\offxp\proplus.msi /p C:\oxpsp3a\MAINSP3ff.msp SHORTFILENAMES=1
  5. When the update is finished you can write the content of C:\offxp to CD and you’ll have an Office XP SP3 slipstreamed CD!

Note 1: You can append /qb+ to the preceding command line to avoid receiving the Office XP Administrative Installation dialog box and the End User License Agreement dialog box.
Note 2: You can follow these instructions as well to include the hotfixes

*Replace with your msi name. Just a quick list to get the idea;
proplus.msi    = Office XP Professional with Microsoft Office Frontpage
pro.msi          = Office XP Professional
proret.msi      = Office XP Professional Retail
std.msi          = Office XP Standard
stdret.msi      = Office XP Standard Retail
sberet.msi     = Office XP Small Business Retail

If it ends with “tri” it is a trial edition; protri.msi

Downloads Script to clear Outlook’s Forms Cache

clearformscache.vbs buttonWhen you are developing custom forms for Outlook or when you are a user within a company that has its own custom forms, you’ve probably ran into the error “Outlook cannot open this form…” message on some occasions.

In that case, you’re only solutions it to clear the Forms Cache and try again.

Unfortunately, clearing the Forms Cache is quite a longwinded process. Especially when you are a Custom Forms developer, you’ll probably find yourself clearing the Forms Cache on a regular basis and find it quite time consuming.

The script in this article can be used to quickly delete the Forms Cache.

Continue reading: Script to clear Outlook’s Forms Cache

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Downloads Command ID overview for Office Applications

You can use these Command IDs for programming but also to disable buttons in the Ribbon, Backstage and other menus and toolbars by means of Group Policies.

Download: Command ID overview Outlook 2003 (English)
Download: 2007 Office System Document: Lists of Control IDs
Download: Office 2010 Help Files: Office Fluent User Interface Control Identifiers
Download: Office 2013 Help Files: Office Fluent User Interface Control Identifiers
Download: Office 2016 Help Files: Office Fluent User Interface Control Identifiers

Downloads Script to schedule your pst-file back-up

This pst-file backup script is a really easy to use script for which no coding skills are required.

This guide shows you how to configure the script to back up your pst-files to a location of choice. It supports an unlimited amount of pst-files and even network locations are supported as the backup location.

Optionally, you can keep a backup archive and have the script start Outlook again once it is done so it almost goes unnoticed.

Once configured, you can use the script on-demand by a simple double click but you can also fully automate your backups by using it with a Scheduled Task. Step-by-step instructions are provided for how to set it up.

Continue reading: Script to schedule your pst-file back-up

Downloads KnockOut: Microsoft Outlook Companion

KnockOut buttonKnockOut is a free tool to easily monitor whether or not Outlook is running on your computer. Amongst others, the application will give balloon notifications in the Notification Area when Outlook is being started and closed.

Even though this little application has been last updated in 2002, its core function still works with the latest edition of Outlook and even with the 64-bit version.

This application has been created by none other than Jensen Harris; The man who later came up with the Ribbon and many other ground breaking new user interfaces when he worked for Microsoft.

Unfortunately, the original website is no longer available but you can still download the latest version from our own server via the link below.

Download: KnockOut: Microsoft Outlook Companion

Downloads ClickYes

Express ClickYes is a tiny program that sits in the taskbar and clicks the Yes button on behalf of you, when Outlook’s Security Guard opens prompt dialog saying that a program is trying to send an email with Outlook or access its address book.

Download: ClickYes

Downloads Foxit PDF Preview Handler

If you are using Foxit instead of Adobe Reader to open pdf-files you can use this Preview Handler to preview PDF-attachments in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 on Windows Vista or Windows 7. Even though it hasn’t been developed by Foxit, it does use the Foxit engine.

Download: Foxit PDF Preview Handler

Note:
When you are using Outlook 2013 on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 or newer, Outlook has native support for previewing pdf-files. Opening pdf-files via a double click will open it in the Reader app and can even be edited in Word 2013. Installing the Foxit PDF Preview Handler has therefor become optional.

Downloads Adobe PDF Previewer and Indexer

Preview PDF-files

To preview PDF-files in Outlook you can install the latest version of Adobe Reader. This includes a preview handler that is compatible with Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013.

Download: Adobe Reader

Note:
When you are using Outlook 2013 on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 or newer, Outlook has native support for previewing pdf-files. Opening pdf-files via a double click will open it in the Reader app and can even be edited in Word 2013. Installing Adobe Reader has therefor become optional.

Search inside PDF-files

When you are using Windows 7 or previous and want to be able to search inside PDF-attachments in Outlook and Windows, you must install an iFilter for pdf-files. When you are using a 32-bit version of Windows, this is automatically installed when you install the latest version of Adobe Reader.

For a 64-bit version of Windows you’ll need an additional installer which you can download below.

Download: Adobe PDF iFilter 11 for 64-bit platforms
Download: Adobe PDF iFilter Configuration Administrator Guide (pdf)

Note:
Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 and later provide native support for indexing pdf-files. This applies to both the 32-bit and the 64-bit editions and is done via the Reader Search Handler. Installing the Adobe PDF iFilter is therefor optional.

PDF iFilter for Exchange, SharePoint and SQL

The 64-bit PDF iFilter also enables searching inside pdf-files in server products such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and 2010, and Microsoft SQL Server.

Microsoft Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013 include their own PDF iFilter. If you want, you can force it to use the Adobe PDF iFilter in the following way: