Archive for September, 2009

Outlook Autopreview

September 24, 2009

You know that view in Outlook where all emails have about 3 lines of the email content below the subject etc so you can scan them without having to open them? Well I had a client that wanted that for ALL emails not just unread ones. Turns out that this is the way to do that;

AutoPreview

Using AutoPreview, you can read the first three lines of messages from the main Outlook window without opening them.

To turn AutoPreview on, from the View menu, select AutoPreview. These same steps will turn it off if it’s on.

To preview the first three lines of unread messages only, follow the appropriate steps below.

Outlook 2007

  1. From the View menu, select Current View, and then click Customize Current View.
  2. Click Other Settings, and then click Preview unread items.
  3. Click OK, and then, to close the View Summary window, click OK again.

Outlook 2003

  1. From the View menu, select Arrange By.
  2. Select Current View, and then click Customize Current View.
  3. Click Other Settings, and then click Preview unread items.
  4. Click OK, and then, to close the View Summary window, click OK again.

Outlook 2002

  1. From the View menu, select Current View, and then Customize Current View... .
  2. Click Other Settings... , and then click Preview unread items.
  3. Click OK, and then, to close the View Summary window, click OK again.

In order to fully give credit where credit is due, I found this gem from the Indiana University Knowledge Base site, here – http://kb.iu.edu/data/ajwz.html

Thanks guys šŸ™‚

Advertisements

Mac Startup Keys

September 16, 2009

OK so I’m feeling guilty about cutting and pasting so instead here is a link to the source;
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343
Enjoy

Labor Day Tips

September 7, 2009

I found several things I wanted to note down today.

First, which I perhaps should have known is how to turn off the crappy Windows Simple File Sharing. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to actually find it. Coming from a network admin role I always found it quite annoying when I tried to take ownership of a folder or simply setup sharing of a folder without Microsoft forcibly holding my hand.

This will help me tone down my frustration somewhat with Windows Hand Holding…

To Turn off Windows Simple File Sharing, simply follow these steps;

  1. ClickĀ Start, and then clickĀ My Computer.
  2. On theĀ Tools menu, clickĀ Folder Options.
  3. Click theĀ View tab.
  4. In theĀ Advanced Settings* section, click to clear theĀ Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box.
  5. ClickĀ OK.

*You should note that in my version of Windows XP Pro that I used this on, there was NO Advanced Settings, I just scrolled down the bottom and it was right there.

The second thing I wanted to write down before I forget is a list of useful Apps I’ve found over the last few weeks;

  • TrueCrypt – a great Encryption tool for making disk images that you can mount when you need them. Works with Windows and Mac.
  • Eraser – Simple file “shredding” tool – seems to be quite good but I’m still fleshing it out.
  • FileZilla – awesome FTP utility that works with Windows and Mac.
  • VLC – wonderful video playing tool for Mac. (and Windows) Includes all the decoders you should need unless you’re heavily into alternatives…

Mat’s Tips

September 4, 2009

More tips from Mat. I checked a few of these out and found them to be very interesting. The paint app is awesome – I never knew web apps were so advanced!

Here is his email;

first off, free audit pc software http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/Free-PC-Audit.shtml very nice like cpuz but lists all installed software and also processes running, and its portable so just an exe no install needed. šŸ™‚

second a handy tool to rest sids , We imaged a load of pc’s with out syspreping them , this resets the local sids so fixs the issue. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897418.aspx

thirdly, not really useful just rather stunning. So we have google apps (office suite online) this is an online paint app http://www.sumo.fi/products/sumopaint/index.php?id=0

another cool portable app. It shows you the processes and dll behind the svchost files and is jsut an exe as well http://svchostviewer.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=22914

another good one. a tool that will tell you the password of a pst file, i have had a few times where people forget it and are screwed lol. Only issue is symantec deletes this tool as its a “hacktool” http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mailpv.html

There you go.Sweet tools from a super dude.

Thanks Mat.