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…

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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…

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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 prints. I’ve owned an Epson 1280 for over two…

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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…

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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…

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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 into OneNote and resized…

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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 pop-up blocking on non-opted-in apps when true. More…

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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…

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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        Set fldJunk = outapp.GetNamespace(“MAPI”).GetDefaultFolder(olFolderJunk)    For Each olitem In fldJunk.Items        olitem.Delete    Next        Set…


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…

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