OUTLOOK 2003 AND SPAM

(I hate to jinx anything by mentioning it, but the spam filter in Outlook 2003 is catching 98% of my spam. And there’s been close to zero false positives. I spent about a week watching the junk mail folder and adding a few newsletters to the “safe senders” list, then bumped the filter from “low” to “high.” […] continued

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COOL ENVELOPE TRICK

Microsoft Word is full of tricks. On this page, I described one simple trick to customize the way addresses appear when you drop them in from Microsoft Outlook.

A client told me about how to make Word print out customized return addresses on envelopes – special font layouts, or inserted graphics. […] continued

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I HATE SPAM

The onslaught of spam continues to be everyone’s number one complaint. Recently I’ve been hearing very nice things about a program named I Hate Spam, from Sunbelt Software. It’s spam blocking software that works with either Outlook or Outlook Express, and reportedly blocks 95% of the spam. It does this by several techniques – among other things, it allows all messages through from people in your address book, and it blocks all messages from spam mailers identified in a list that’s updated every day. […] continued

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ACCESS TO OUTLOOK FROM ANYWHERE

As we get more mobile, it becomes difficult to leave Outlook behind when we step away from our desk. America Online and MSN/Hotmail are awful services, but the idea of having access to your mailbox whenever you’re online, regardless of where you’re sitting, is pretty appealing.

There’s several answers. Companies running Microsoft Exchange Server can set up Outlook Web Access, which provides access to Outlook through any web browser. […] continued

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OPEN OUTLOOK TO A PARTICULAR FOLDER

Your copy of Outlook probably opens to your Inbox, or to Outlook Today. It’s a setting under Tools / Options / Other / Advanced Options.

A client inspired me to discover how to leave that unchanged, but also create an icon that opens a new Outlook window directly to a particular folder – i.e., […] continued

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OUTLOOK E-MAIL SECURITY

The responsibility of owning a computer today includes owning an antivirus program and keeping it up to date. If you haven’t affirmatively done something to update your virus definitions in the last two weeks, then you’re at risk, and you’re putting everyone in your address book at risk. It’s not difficult – the antivirus programs make it very easy to remember to stay up to date. […] continued

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BACK UP OUTLOOK DATA

It can be devastating to lose all the information stored in Outlook. You can back up all that data in just a few steps. Here’s some simple instructions.

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ENFISH FIND

I keep searching for the perfect way to index Outlook and my documents so information can be found easily. I’ve been using 80-20 Retriever, which integrates with Outlook, updates its index every night, and comes up with pretty good results. A bit quirky, but not bad.

Enfish Find is a brand new indexing program that will be available to download free for one day only – tomorrow, Wednesday September 5. […] continued

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INDEXING IN OUTLOOK 2002

According to this article, Outlook 2002 features indexing and search functions for all content in Exchange 2000 Server – including messages, documents, contacts, tasks, calendar items, and other data.

That’s a limited feature, because most small businesses aren’t using Exchange 2000 Server. But it’s a valuable addition to Outlook if you are using Exchange 2000 – and it’s yet another good reason for a small business to look into Small Business Server 2000, which includes Exchange Server 2000. […] continued

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HOMEPAGE VIRUS

There’s another virus travelling around quickly this morning. It’s similar to the Anna Kournikova “Love Bug” virus – annoying but it doesn’t damage your computer. The “Homepage” virus will arrive in a message from someone you know, with the subject line “Homepage.” The attachment is a .vbs visual basic script that opens a porno web site on your computer and sends the message on to everyone in your Outlook address book. […] continued

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