Tip o’ the Week 454 – Time Zone Tumult Ahead

You may be affected by upcoming changes to time zones, as much of the northern hemisphere moves out of Daylight Saving Time and back to winter, which for is happening over the next couple of weeks. Many Southern Hemisphere nations have already moved into “summer time”, though a few will make the transition on 4th…

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Tip o’ the Week 453 – Outlook Quick Steps

Somewhat improbably, one fairly prominent feature of Outlook has never been discussed in detail on a previous ToW – Quick Steps. Hiding in plain sight on the Home tab, it’s likely that every Outlook user has clicked on Quick Steps at some point, but do you use them regularly? Put simply, Quick Steps make some…

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Tip o’ the Week 448 – Sometimes, size does matter

Once upon a time, users had to deal with email quotas that meant they often had to shuffle messages around to stay within their allowed size limit, or else get limited functionality. The Outlook Thread Compressor tool* was written to help reduce the size of a user’s mailbox, and for a while, had thousands of…

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Tip o’ the Week 434 – To Do: update To-Do

Lots of people like to-do lists – from Post-it notes stuck on the side of your monitor (or the digital equivalent on your PC’s desktop), to the Tasks you might have in Outlook, up to dedicated list-management apps that run on your PC and on your phone; such delights have been covered in ToW’s passim,…

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Tip o’ the Week 432 – Generally Disregarded Privacy Rubbish

GDPR day has passed.. Now, it’s illegal to communicate with anyone. Or not. If Data is the new Oil, perhaps the much-anticipated big privacy stick that is GDPR will be the new Millennium Bug – companies will want to avoid to be made an example of first. €20M or 4% of global turnover fines, whichever…

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Tip o’ the Week 422 – Freshening Outlook.com

Microsoft has been the butt of jokes in the past when it comes to branding, but one of the strongest product names in decades is Outlook. Originally released in 1997 as part of Office 97, the Outlook application has come a long way over the years. As world+dog runs from discrete and perpetually licensed software,…

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Tip o’ the Week 417 – Resolving aliases in bulk

This might be a very old-Microsoft culture thing, but alias names have always been a relatively big deal within the company; not an alias in the sense of a nom de plume or some alter ego, but a name curiously given to mean your login name. Before enlightenment, Microsofties were emailed simply by sending to…

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Tip o’ the Week 415 – Another right To-Do

It’s been 9 months since the unveiling of Microsoft To-Do, the task manager app that will someday replace the much loved Wunderlist (see ToWs passim – 317, 376, et al); the celebrations were muted in the halls of Wunderlist superfans, though, as To-Do has a much reduced feature set, albeit with a mission to be…

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Tip o’ the Week 408 – sign up for email lists

The curse of email is that it’s too easy to send nonspecific content to large groups, meaning it’s generally in everyone’s interests to avoid getting any more. How often do you have to parse some online form where you need to leave the checked checkbox unchecked if you’d like to remain not signed up to…

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Tip o’ the Week 401 – Go with the Flow

We all get notified of stuff that we’re probably interested in, but which we never get around to reading about in-depth, or trying out. Well, this week’s topic presents both an example of exactly that (for some of us at least) and a potential solution to it – Microsoft Flow, a free-to-use, simple*, workflow tool…

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