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Tips and Tactics for a Better Digital Life

October, 2005

  • Exchange Tour Unplugged: we're going on the road so you can too

    Just announced for UK IT professionals who are looking to upgrade from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003: The TechNet Exchange Tour Unplugged will be on the road from 21st November for three weeks coming to a town near you. If you'd like to join me...
  • More on Outlook voting

    If you use voting buttons in Outlook 2002 or later without an Exchange Server email account, it turns out that this works just fine as long as you remember to send the message in Rich Text Format (RTF) and the respondents replies in RTF too. Outlook won...
  • Why Outlook gets my vote

    Few people make good use of Oulook's 'Voting' feature in their emails but it's one of the simplest and most handy collaboration tools around. You have to be using a Microsoft Exchange Server email account for this to work but everything else is baked...
  • Tracking down an email sender

    Want to know who sent that dodgy-looking email without trawling through the email header information? Take a free trial of http://www.emailtrackerpro.com/ for 15 days. This little application even draws you a nice little map showing the route the email...
  • XP Power Toys for cavemen

    Every so often I find someone living in a cave who hasn't heard about the free XP Power Toys at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx . There are some really cool tools in there. Check 'em out!
  • Save your blushes when sharing files

    The 'Remove Hidden Data' tool at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=144E54ED-D43E-42CA-BC7B-5446D34E5360&displaylang=en is a must-have for anyone who shares files electronically. In a nutshell, it cleanses your file of a load...
  • You know you're out of control when...

    ...you discover a 'Tasks in Archive Folders' link suddenly appears because Outlook has auto-archived some of your tasks which are now more than 90 days overdue! Heck! I need longer days to stay on top of my ever-growing workload. Or perhaps a shorter...
  • Exchange Server 2003 SP2 just released

    Get it while it's hot: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/downloads/2003/sp2/download.mspx
  • How smart desktop alerts can keep you alert

    The regular reader of this blog will know that I recommend switching off Outlook's desktop alerts for all but really important messages. It's easy to do this by changing the settings in the 'When new items arrive in my Inbox' section in Tools > Options...
  • Always avoid folders starting with 'T'

    Frost's Random Tip of the Day: You can save time if you avoid creating mail folders in Outlook that start with the letter T. Why? Because you'll be able to more quickly convert an Email into a Task by pressing SHIFT+CTRL+V , then T , then ENTER . SHIFT...
  • Microsoft does Photo Imaging

    I'm a long-time fan of Adobe Photoshop. To be honest, I've invested many hours of my spare time happily learning how to use the software, right back to version 3.0 in 1995. Photoshop holds a special place in my heart as the only application that has left...