A short and sharp tip this week, courtesy of Louis Lazarus, concerning the way the New Office clip_image002handles template files… and how to configure search in Outlook 2013 to be a bit more fullsome. See more templates online, and now, over to Louis…

When you create a new document in Office 2013 with Word, Excel, etc, you are not given a choice of the templates on your local machine.  You can fix this by…

1. Click File, Options

2. Select the Save item in the menu on the left

3. Enter the location of your templates folder in the “Default personal templates location”…
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4. clip_image005Click OK

Now when you select New, you will see a choice of Featured or Personal Templates – click on PERSONAL to see your templates…

clip_image007Outlook 2013

By default Outlook 2013 only includes your emails for the last 12 months.  You will usually see a message saying something like “there are more items on the server” – clicking the link sometimes returns more items and sometimes does not.  To get rid of this message and have all your items sync’d to your PC…

1. Click File, Account Settings…

2. Click Change… and drag the slider to get All mail items…
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3. Click Next and then Finish

4. Now all your mail will be available offline.