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


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


Sperry Software
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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, 2016, 2019 and Office 365. 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.


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


Outlook Hotmail Connector

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

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

Update:
The Outlook Hotmail Connector is no longer needed to connect to your Outlook.com, Hotmail, MSN or Live account.

Instead, your account can be added via Auto Account Setup and it will be configured automatically as an Exchange account.

For more details and also for alternative connectivity methods via POP3 and IMAP see: Adding an Outlook.com account to Outlook.

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

BETA

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


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


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


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


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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