There is a lot of buzz out there about Office 2013. But in my mind its the simple things that make life wonderful and the Outlook team at Microsoft have implemented many of those simple little things to make the email collaboration experience just that little bit brighter. Here are a couple of the things I really liked right out of the gate. [Read more…] about Cool Mouse Over features in Outlook 2013 (& more)
For any of you like me, that considered the LinkedIn Social Connector for Outlook 2010 to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, then you will be happy to know that this Social Connector now comes standard with Outlook 2013. Prior to Outlook 2013 this was a separately downloadable and installable component. This component is now built right into the Outlook 2013 framework.
For those of you that have not used the LinkedIn Social Connector in Outlook; both the downloadable connector for 2010 and the standard connector with 2013 offer all the same great features. It allows you to pull all your LinkedIn contacts into a separate searchable contact list in Outlook. You can use that contact list like any other in Outlook. It also lets you add contacts from Outlook into your LinkedIn account.
Furthermore it populates photos of people throughout Outlook with their LinkedIn profile picture. So, if you are emailing one of your LinkedIn contacts, or they are emailing you, their LinkedIn profile picture will show up on that email.
If you also expand the People Pane, the What’s New tab, will list any activity that person has shared on LinkedIn, such as new connections, or, LinkedIn profile updates.
To set up the LinkedIn Social Connector in Outlook 2013 [Read more…] about Outlook 2013 LinkedIn Social Connector
Most of you may remember, that in Outlook 2007 and earlier, all autocomplete email addresses were saved in the *.NK2 file, or in even older versions of Outlook they were the *.NICK file.
The NK2 file (or Nickname file) could be easily identified because it was the same name as your Outlook profile. So if you Outlook profile was called “Work Email” the NK2 file was called “Work Email.NK2”.
This made it easy to transfer that autocomplete data to a new profile.
You would create and log in with a new profile, let’s call it “Personal Email”. This would create a blank new NK2 file called “Personal Email.NK2″. Then you could simply delete that NK2 file (I usually renamed it to Personal Email.OLD” – force of habit). Next, rename “Work Email.NK2” to “Personal Email.NK2”. When you log into your new profile all your auto-complete data was there.
This all changed in Outlook 2010. [Read more…] about How To Move AutoComplete Email Addresses In Outlook 2010/Outlook 2013
Another keyboard combination in Outlook that is often overlooked is ALT + DEL on an email message. This brings up the Clean Up Conversation dialog box (and also allows you to adjust the Clean Up settings – this can also be found under the Outlook Options under Mail.). The Clean Up button is also available on the ribbon.
The idea behind conversation cleanup is to automatically remove redundant messages in a conversation. The basic idea is that if that contents of a message are completely contained in a reply, the previous message is moved to the Deleted Items.
This feature is available in Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013.
One of cool keyboard combinations in Outlook that is often overlooked is pressing CTRL + DEL on a email message. If you press CTRL + DEL on a email message it gives you the option of automatically moving any new messages that are determined to be part of the same email string or conversation to the Deleted Items folder. Kind of useful when someone sent the Keyboard Kitty viral video to everyone in the company and it generates a dozen reply-alls.
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I ran across this strange error when trying to open hyperlinks in Outlook. I had this problem in both Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013. It would give me this error and prevent the hyperlink from opening. It turns out the issue [Read more…] about Outlook 2010 / 2013 won’t open hyperlinks.