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Quick Outlook Tip

Auto Reminder to Attach that Document!

How many times have you sent or received a message in Outlook that promised an attachment, but the attachment wasn’t there!

Well, Outlook has an option to help us.

If you write a message in Outlook and mention the word “attach” or “attachment” in the body, but you forget to actually attach the file, you will get this message:

Attachment

From here you can choose to send the message without the attachment, or choose “Don’t Send” so that you can get that document attached!

Help! I Can’t See the Unread Mail Envelope Icon on the Taskbar!

NCT submitted this comment on the blog article titled Change Fonts in Outlook 2013:

“Help! I cannot see the unread mail envelope on the taskbar, and I have come
to rely on that. Is there a way to change the appearance of the icon so
that it stands out more?”

NCT is referring to the first icon shown on the taskbar below:

mail_icon

This envelope icon appears when you receive a new message in Outlook 2013, but as you can see in the image above, it is not easy to see. The light orange color of the image doesn’t show up well on the transparent taskbar.

While there is no easy way to change the look of the icon itself, you can customize your taskbar so that the icon will stand out better. To customize the look of the taskbar when running Windows 7, follow these directions:

  1. Click on the Start Orb.
  2. Point to Control panel.
  3. Click on Personalization.
  4. At the bottom of the new window, you see:
    icons at bottom of Personalization windowClick on the Window Color icon.
  5. A new menu appears:
    Window Color and Appearance window
  6. Click on the color swatch that you prefer. One of the darker colors will provide the most contrast.
  7. Press and drag the Color intensity slider all the way to the right.
  8. Click on the Save changes button.
  9. Preview the results in the bottom right corner of your screen:

darker_colored_taskbar

If you aren’t happy with the way the taskbar now looks, repeat these steps and choose a different color. You can also expand the “Show color mixer” section, and experiment with the hue, saturation, and brightness of the window elements.

Weather Information in Outlook 2013

Did you know that you can get weather information directly from Outlook? If you are using Outlook 2013, simply open the Calendar view and look just to the left of the search box. You will see the name of a city, and the forecasted temperatures in that city for the next 3 days.

outlook weather info

If you are not in the city listed, click on the drop-down arrow next to the city name and change it.

drop-down menu for selecting city

If you want additional information about the weather, hover your mouse over any of the days shown and a pop-up will appear, displaying wind speed, humidity, and precipitation.

weather pop-up

Change Fonts in Outlook 2013

If you have read any of my other Outlook articles, you probably know that I receive a large number of messages each day, and I frequently have to refer back to messages that I have sent or received in the past. I use all of the features that are included in Outlook, and I don’t know how I would get by without this fantastic organizational tool.

Usually I am able to adapt to any changes in new versions of the Microsoft Office applications without any problem. I hardly ever go into the settings and customize the basic look of the interface or the menus. Outlook 2013 has been the exception. I started using it soon after it was released, and I was okay with all of the changes except one. The look of the message lists has been drastically altered, and I DON’T like it! When I try to search my Inbox for a specific message, it actually hurts my eyes.

Here is what a message list looks like in Outlook 2010:

Example of an Outlook message list from Outlook 2010

This is an example of a message list from Outlook 2013:

Inbox showing message list from Outlook 2013

NOTE: These screenshots may appear to be blurry, because they have been resized to fit this blog. If you would like to see a larger, clearer version of either of these images, simply click on the one you wish to view.

As you can see, in Outlook 2010, the text is darker and cleaner. In the 2013 version, the main text in an unread message is light blue, and the first line of the message is gray. After you read the message, the main text changes to a dark gray. This design scheme may be pretty, and it may match the look and feel of the new interface, but it is definitely not easier to read!

If you are like me and yearn for the days when you could actually see the messages in your Inbox, follow the directions below. While it isn’t possible to make the text look exactly like it did in previous versions, we can change the settings so that it is a little easier on the eyes. Read the rest of “Change Fonts in Outlook 2013″ »

Can’t Uninstall Office 2013

IT Training will be teaching Microsoft Office 2013 workshops this fall, and we are anxious to begin telling the IU community about the new features that are available in this version of the popular suite. If you are planning on taking some of our free workshops or webinars, you might want to download and install the software from IUware. Remember, Indiana University faculty, staff, and students may download most of the software available from IUware for free.

If you decide to download and install Office 2013, I would encourage you to download the 32-bit package, even if you are planning on running it on a 64-bit system. Earlier in the summer I installed the 64-bit suite on a laptop running Windows 7, and I was very unhappy with the results. Every time I tried to use Outlook, Word, or PowerPoint, the application would freeze and/or crash. After discussing this issue with the Support team here at IU, and reading multiple forums and Microsoft Help articles, I uninstalled the 64-bit version and installed the 32-bit version instead. After that, I didn’t have any problems.

I have left out an important part of the story. When I first tried to uninstall Office 2013, I was unable to do so. While in the Control Panel, I selected Microsoft Office 2013, clicked on the Uninstall link at the top of the window, and waited. Nothing happened. I tried again. Nothing happened. I probably even tried a third and fourth time before I realized that this was simply not going to work.

After a little digging, I found the solution on this Microsoft Support page:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2739501. I downloaded the Fix it tool that they provided, and then I was able to uninstall Office 2013 from the Control Panel just as I normally would.

Hopefully this article will save you some time if you decide that you want to uninstall the package.

Adding a Second Inbox in Outlook 2010

One of the great things about Outlook is that Microsoft recognizes that users may need to access, read, and even manage others’ calendars, messages, and task lists. In our IT Training Outlook workshops, we cover a number of different ways that users can access, share, and manage multiple calendars, but because most users tend to want to maintain control of their own Inbox, we don’t do as much with the sharing of email. There are times, however, when this may be necessary.

Let’s say that you are an administrative assistant and you need to be able to open your own personal Inbox and your organization’s Inbox, too, and you need to be able to switch back and forth between the two very quickly. In situations such as this, you could add a second Outlook profile to your computer, but then you would still have to open each account separately. A better option may be to add a second Inbox to your Outlook account.

To do this, follow the directions below:

  1. Open the first Outlook account.

    Open account

  2. Click on the File tab to move to Backstage view.

    File tab

  3. Look on the left side of the screen, and verify that the Info button is selected.

    Info button

  4. From the middle panel, click on the Account Settings button. A drop-down menu appears.

    account settings from drop-down menu

  5. From the drop-down menu, click on Account Settings… An Account Settings dialog box opens.

    type the name

  6. Click to select the name of the first Outlook account.

    S_name_of_acc_6

  7. Click on the Change… link that is located just under the tabs. A Change Account dialog box appears.

    Change link

  8. Click on the More Settings… button in the bottom right corner. A Microsoft Exchange dialog box opens.

    More settings button

  9. At the top of the dialog box, select the Advanced tab. Directly underneath the tabs, you see a section that will allow you to open additional mailboxes.

    Advanced tab

  10. To continue, click on the Add button. An Add Mailbox dialog box appears.

    Add Button

  11. Type in the name of the additional mailbox, and click the OK button.

    type_name_11

  12. The new mailbox should now be listed in the Mailboxes field at the top of the Microsoft Exchange dialog box.

    Name is listed

  13. Click the OK button.
  14. Click the Next button in the bottom right corner of the Change Account dialog box. You see a congratulations message in the Change Account dialog box.

    Congratulations

  15. To continue, click the Finish button.
  16. Click the Close button. The newly added Inbox should now be listed at the bottom of your folders list. You can easily move back and forth between the two by selecting the appropriate folder from the list.

    move_backnforth_16

Voicemail with Lync

If you have your phone number converted to Lync you also will see a change in your voicemail. Voicemail will come into your inbox with an attached mp3 recording of the message left by a caller, along with a speech-to-text translation of what the caller said. While many times this translation is not entirely accurate, you can usually get a good idea of what caller was trying to communicate.

One of the most over-looked features of converting to Lync is the functionality you get with your new voicemail service. You can create call answering rules, set different greetings and reset your PIN for accessing voicemail from a phone. Using call answering rules, you can even create your own phone tree. This can be done for department or individual accounts.

To access this functionality, go to IU Outlook Web Access. After logging in, go the upper right and click “Options”, then “All Options”. Next, select “Phone” on the left-hand side and then “Voice Mail’.

To learn more about these options and how to set them up, see these tips from Microsoft.

Creating a Gmail-Like Experience in Outlook: Using Macros to Mimic Starring

This is the second in a series of articles about how to create specific functionality from Gmail in Outlook using various tools and features. Today’s article uses built-in Outlook functionality combined with macros to attempt to create staring functionality.

Outside keyboard shortcuts to move conversations to folders, there is no good way to ‘star’ messages in Outlook with the keyboard. In this article, I will show you a macro that builds on the macro functionality explained in this article by using follow-up flags to mimic the star functionality in Gmail.

Before I go any further, I’ll add the same warning I included in the last post here:

This article is not for beginning users of Microsoft Outlook or for users who only use one incoming mail folder. It requires a decent understanding about how to organize email, work with the Office 2010 interface, and knowledge about how to create and modify a macro. Information about how to create a macro can be found in the workshop Excel 2010: Basic Automation Using Macros and more in-depth Visual Basic for Applications information can be found in the workshop Excel 2010: Advanced Macros and User Defined Functions.

Now that that’s out of the way, I’m going to show you how to use a macro to add a one day flag to a particular message and then move it to a folder called ’01 – Today’.

Read the rest of “Creating a Gmail-Like Experience in Outlook: Using Macros to Mimic Starring” »

Quick Tip: Add Your Picture to Your Business Card in Outlook 2010

In my last few posts, I have been discussing how to create and use business cards in Outlook 2010. Today I will explain how you can add your picture to your business card.

Follow the directions below:

  1. To get started, open the Contacts folder in Outlook.

    Read the rest of “Quick Tip: Add Your Picture to Your Business Card in Outlook 2010″ »

Quick Tip: Create an Electronic Business Card from a Microsoft Template

In a previous post, I explained why electronic business cards could be useful and how you can create one from scratch in Outlook 2010. If you don’t consider yourself to be very creative, or if you simply don’t have the time to design a professional-looking business card, you can always download a template from Microsoft Office Online instead.

To download a template, follow these steps:

  1. Open an internet browser and go to the following web page:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/results.aspx?qu=outlook&av=zol
  2. Select one of the electronic business cards from the list and download it. When the Save As dialog box opens, use the default save in location that is specified.
  3. The electronic business card will automatically open in an Outlook contact form.
  4. Replace the name and contact information that is displayed in the fields with your own (or with someone else’s information if you are creating the card for another person).
  5. On the Ribbon, in the Options group, click on the Business Card button. The Edit Business Card dialog box opens. Edit the card as desired.
  6. When finished, click the OK button at the bottom of dialog box.
  7. On the Ribbon of the Contact form, click the Save & Close button.The new business card is now stored with the rest of your contacts in Outlook.
  8. To find out how to insert it into a message, read the previous blog post titled  “Quick Tip: Create a Business Card in Outlook 2010.”

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