KC Lemson

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  • Blog Post: Configure Sharepoint 2003 to store versions of your documents

    My relationship with Sharepoint is a love/hate story. I've been using it since its original incarnation as the "departmental server" many years ago (trivia: and it was built on the Exchange store ), but not heavily until the last year or two with SPS 2003. The first six months I [was forced to] use...
  • Blog Post: How to add a custom toolbar button and give it a tooltip

    Bob asked in the comments on this article if it's possible to add a tooltip to a button. Here's one way to do it programmatically for your own buttons. The below example adds a custom button to the standard toolbar and assigns it a tooltip. Note that the button does not actually do anything in this sample...
  • Blog Post: Can't open embedded messages, no "Message" form in standard forms library

    I got myself into a bad state a while back where I was unable to open messages attached to other items. It happened while I was monkeying around with this custom form which adds a column to the view. I don't remember exactly how I got into the bad state, but I learned a few things while troubleshooting...
  • Blog Post: Count the number of items in your entire mailbox

    First, let me preface this entry by saying that I am an abysmal programmer. I use my basic programming skills to write code that helps me do things in the applications I use, and since these are usually one-time things, I don't worry too much about performance or error checking. Phew, now that that...
  • Blog Post: Quickly view the internet headers of a message in Outlook

    Just about anyone who runs mail servers needs to look at headers from time to time. This is especially true during the development of product such as Exchange, as we track down and fix bugs. I wrote this little macro to make that a little easier. Select a message, click the button to run the macro, and...
  • Blog Post: Use the unicode smiley emoticon in email

    When you type ":-)" in Word, it automatically corrects it into a smiley ( J )[1], which is the letter J in the Wingdings font. If you look at the HTML, you'll see: <span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Wingdings;color:maroon'>J</span> If you would rather that it use the unicode smiley...
  • Blog Post: Explore the different formats in which you can save data from Office applications

    A few months ago I posted about [what I think is] a neat way of using Outlook's ability to save as HTML . Today when compiling a powerpoint presentation , it occurred to me that there are a lot of formats that Office applications can save into that I find useful, and it's worth highlighting a few more...
  • Blog Post: I am now a TypePad evangelist

    Executive Summary: I highly recommend TypePad for anyone willing to pay a few bucks for a third party to host a blog for them. A great combination of features and usability. I have got to hand it to the folks at SixApart, they have done a great job, TypePad is a great piece of software that just makes...
  • Blog Post: How to add a toolbar button & hotkey to empty the junk e-mail folder in Outlook 2003

    I saw this discussion on Jonathan's blog , so here's one option: #1: Follow the instructions in this article with this code: Public Sub EmptyJunkEmailFolder() Dim outapp As Outlook.Application Set outapp = CreateObject("outlook.application") Dim olitem As Object Dim fldJunk As Outlook.MAPIFolder...
  • Blog Post: "You forgot to attach the file!"

    Yikes, it's been a while since I've posted... and to think for the first 9 months of this blog, I think I posted every single day. I guess I just don't have that much content and I wore it out early... but in reality I think it's more due to my new working arrangement and being more focused when I'm...
  • Blog Post: Attachment Security, Part Deux

    Here's Part One . OK this isn't really a continuation of the history, but rather some more rambling on some of what I discussed in part one. I just wanted an excuse to say "Part Deux". After the news reports about the first big email-borne viruses like Melissa started showing up, stories...
  • Blog Post: New OWA themes in SP1: Zune & Xbox!

    As I mentioned a couple months ago , we have been working on two new OWA themes. I was secretive then because I wasn't sure if we'd be able to ship them in SP1 or not, but thanks to the hard work of several designers and developers we got them in. And with the release of Exchange 2007 SP1 Beta 2 , we...
  • Blog Post: Configure the pop-up blocker in XP SP2 RC2

    Jeff Davis covers some valuable registry keys : PopupMgr - Whether the pop-up blocker feature is enabled or not. This is the checkbox on the privacy tab of the Internet Control Panel. ApplyToWebOC - Applications hosting the webbrowser control only get pop-up blocking if they opt in. This forces...
  • Blog Post: A poor man's mail merge

    Several times in the last few months I've needed to send the exact same mail content to a list of people, but each mail had to be separately addressed, for the following reasons: I am expecting each recipient to reply and continue the thread with me. This way there's no risk of "Reply All...
  • Blog Post: Use your Tablet to make your handwriting into a font

    I decided tonight that I wanted to make a font out of my own handwriting. Surely it's possible to do this online with my tablet and get instant gratification, I thought. One quick google search later and 9 dollars later, I had my answer: Yes, via www.fontifier.com . 1. I imported their template GIF...
  • Blog Post: Buy a photo printer or use an online photo printing service?

    Printer or service? The answer relies on a combination of your comfort level with digital photo manipulation and color management, the amount of time you have to spare (or are willing to spend on printing), your level of patience/need for instant gratification and the target audience/location for the...
  • Blog Post: Create a task from an email

    John Durant recently blogged about his macro to create a task from an e-mail. I thought that was a great idea, so I modified it a bit to suit my purposes. I frequently take an item from my inbox and Edit | Move to Folder and move it to the tasks folder, which creates a task item. I then tab around to...
  • Blog Post: Cheat Sheets

    While ego surfing I just ran across this handy list of cheat sheets that I wanted to share. Covers topics from HTML to networking to office apps to keyboard shortcuts to SCSI to math. Handy.
  • Blog Post: Show the count of all items in a folder in Outlook, not just unread

    For certain types of folders, you may find it useful to have the folder list display the total number of items in the folder, not just the unread items (which it does by default). For example, I set this on some folders that contain messages to certain distribution lists, where there will always be...
  • Blog Post: Turn off "auto-hide menus" in Office

    This is one of those features that a lot of people love to hate, where you have to wait a few seconds or go to the little chevron on the bottom of the menu to expand it: It doesn't bug me too much - except when it hides the MRU (most recently used) list in any Office application, which drives me...
  • Blog Post: Change the default fonts in Outlook, Word, Excel and IE

    We recently had a debate on the internal bloggers distribution list about how MSDN bloggers need to play nice and not hard-code their font faces, colors and sizes. I admit that I'd been guilty of this myself, so I've since resolved to stop doing that, and I figured it was worth a blog post to talk about...