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Outlook Disconnected From Office 365? Try Disabling IPv6

Outlook disconnected? Try disabling IPv6

(This tip is for IT pros. Non-technical readers should still read this article because it involves a thrilling mystery, it teaches important lessons for healthy living, and it has a fresh minty aftertaste. But if you’re not sure, don’t do anything to your computer without the support of your trusted IT support person.)

Outlook 2013 and 2016 can occasionally lose their connection to an Office 365 hosted Exchange mailbox. […] continued

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Improved Calendar Sharing For Office 365 Users

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Here’s a tip for business Office 365 users that I wish I’d known about sooner. Early this year, Microsoft significantly improved the experience of sharing Outlook calendars. The secret is to share your calendar in webmail instead of doing it from the Outlook desktop program.

Office 365 webmail (aka Outlook Web Access, OWA, “Outlook on the web,” and too many other names) can be viewed at https://mail.office365.com. […] continued

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A Possible Fix For The Excel Slow File Opening Bug

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Previously: What To Do When Excel Opens . . . Very . . . Slowly . . .

Windows is weird.

A year ago I wrote an article about an Excel bug: occasionally there is a 30-60 second delay after clicking on an .XLSX file before the Excel logo appears and the file opens. […] continued

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How To Use Office Online For Fun And Profit

Office Online - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote

A difficult part of using technology in 2016 is simply remembering what tools we have at our disposal. It’s all well and good for me to report on all the swell new programs and services that are available, but that doesn’t do any good if you don’t remember which one will help you when you’re trying to get work done. […] continued

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What To Do When Excel Opens . . . Very . . . Slowly . . .

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Followup 07/2017: A Possible Fix For The Excel Slow File Opening Bug

This bug only affects a small number of people, but it’s an interesting one because it’s been a problem for almost a year and there’s still no clear understanding of what’s going on.

It happens on Windows 10 computers running Excel 2013 or Excel 2016. […] continued

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Outlook 2016 And The Mysterious Disappearing Folder Pane

Outlook 2016

Here’s the story of an odd Outlook 2016 bug that you might run into.

Microsoft has been urging everyone with an Office 365 license for the Office programs to update to Office 2016. It’s a modest upgrade at best, as the programs are virtually identical to the 2013 versions, but it feels good to get the latest version for free, right? […] continued

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Outlook Tip: Save Replies In Same Folder As Original Message

Outlook - save replies in same folder as original message

Here’s a tip about an Outlook feature that only a few people will appreciate – but if you’re one of those people, you might like it a lot.

If you sort your incoming email into folders, a simple change will result in your replies being filed automatically in the same folder as the original messages, instead of having them land in a huge unsorted pool in Sent Mail. […] continued

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Get Outlook 2013 For Better Performance With Large Mailboxes

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If you have a large Office 365 mailbox, Outlook 2010 may be slowing down even if your computer is otherwise running at full speed. A new feature in Outlook 2013 – the “sync slider” – might improve performance significantly, and as a nice bonus you would also get the benefit of the other improvements in Outlook and the other Office programs. […] continued

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It’s Magic! Turn Your Phone Into A Scanner With Office Lens

Turn your phone into a scanner with Office Lens for iPhone and Android phones

Last week Microsoft made Office Lens available for iPhones and Android phones. It’s a free app that turns your phone into a fast and efficient scanner, able to easily capture documents, business cards, receipts, whiteboards, and more. It’s practical and useful and does some great magic tricks to make the process easy. […] continued

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OneNote Tip: Clip A Web Page By Mailing A Link To Me@OneNote.com

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Microsoft has added yet another nifty feature to make OneNote easier to use. If you send an email to me@onenote.com with a link to a webpage, a screenshot of the webpage will automatically be added to your Quick Notes in OneNote.

A few months ago, Microsoft added the ability to send the contents of an email message to Quick Notes. […] continued

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How To License And Install Microsoft Office

How to license and install Microsoft Office

Here’s a guide to buying a license for Microsoft Office, followed by a description of what Office programs and apps are available for computers, tablets, and phones.

The core Microsoft Office programs – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, plus Outlook and OneNote – have been essential tools in every business since the dawn of Windows computing in the 80s. […] continued

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How To Convert A PDF Into An Editable Word Document

Convert Acrobat PDF to Word format

Offices have settled on PDF as the universal file format. PDFs are used for everything, from scanning the mail to exchanging contracts during negotiations. Offices might be creating more PDFs than Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.

Sometimes it’s necessary or helpful to edit the contents of a PDF file in Microsoft Word. […] continued

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How To Remove iTunes Add-Ins From Outlook

Outlook errors caused by iTunes add-ins

If you’re an Outlook user and iTunes is installed on your computer, you may have an Apple add-in running in Outlook that isn’t doing anything useful. In some cases, it turns out to cause slowdowns and crashes in Outlook. Since nothing is easy these days, naturally it requires an extra trick to remove the add-in. […] continued

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How To View Contact Cards In Outlook 2013

Outlook 2013

Many things in technology are easy once someone shows you how to do them. I have “D’oh!” moments just as often as you do. Here’s one I just figured out about Outlook Contacts.

The Contacts folder in Outlook 2013 opens by default in a streamlined vertical view with names on the left and an expanded view of a highlighted name on the right. […] continued

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Fix Office Problems Caused By Skydrive

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TAKEAWAY

If you experience long delays or freezes when Word or Excel are saving files to Skydrive, disable the Skydrive setting that creates a direct connection between the Office programs and the online Skydrive folders.

BACKGROUND

I’m fully committed to Skydrive. I have the Skydrive desktop app installed on my Windows 8 computers. […] continued

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