Why I’m loving Internet Explorer 7 beta

I’m a long time user of the Maxthon browser which does everything you expect from Internet Explorer and a bit more like tabbed browsing, address line shortcuts and mouse gestures. But having recently started testing the Internet Explorer 7 beta I’ve just decided to abandon Maxthon and make IE my default browser once again. Some…


An end to Outlook’s Ctrl-Enter nuisance

I’ve previously posted about Outlook’s annoying Ctrl-Enter shortcut which instantly sends your email, even if you accidentally type Ctrl-Enter midway through composing your email. There are a number of workaround options including disabling the shortcut (see http://blogs.technet.com/usefultechnology/archive/2005/08/23/409572.aspx), adding a time delay to email sending (see http://blogs.technet.com/usefultechnology/archive/2006/01/20/417790.aspx) or simply religiously avoiding pressing the Ctrl-Enter key combination….


Now showing: Exchange Unplugged on IT’s Showtime

My regular reader will recall that back in late 2005 I was busy rushing around the country supporting the Exchange Tour Unplugged. If you weren’t able to join one of our tour dates you can now view some of the highlights on the TechNet IT’s Showtime website at http://www.microsoft.com/emea/itsshowtime/sessionh.aspx?videoid=86. As you’ll see from the IT’s…


Listening to emails and reading voicemails (and a free voice to text trial from Spinvox)

I’ve been banging on for ages about the future state when we’ll be able to listen to our emails and read our voicemails. And we’re now on the brink of being able to do just that. Exchange Server “12” will introduce new unified messaging capabilities that will allow messages left on a phone system to…


Multi-monitor keyboard shortcuts

If you use more than one monitor then you’ll already appreciate the massive productivity gains you get from having more screen estate to play with. But not many people take advantage of the amazing functionality provided by their graphics card software. One of my newest keyboard shortcuts is SHIFT+CTRL+` which I have set to move…


Expand All Groups keyboard shortcut

Ha! I knew there had to be a keyboard shortcut. My boss (God bless ‘er) just asked me if there was a way to expand all grouped items in a list in Outlook to save having to click on the little down arrow inside each group. And there is: right-clicking the little arrow and choosing…


Laptops doubling as LCD TVs and HD DVD players

This makes perfect sense to me. Intel has unveiled a new laptop concept machine where the machines folds to allow the screen to face away from the keyboard so it can be used as an LCD TV in a docking station. Given the quality of modern laptop displays why (other than needing a larger screen…


Adding shortcuts to Windows Desktop Search

In a very short space of time Windows Desktop Search has become the tool I use most often while at my PC. If you don’t have it yet you can download it for free from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/desktopsearch/enterprise/default.mspx. With a bit of registry tweaking you can also customise this tool to allow you to search across SharePoint…


UK Microsoft Technical Roadshow

Good news for IT Pros and Developers in the UK: registration for the Microsoft Technical Roadshow 2006 is now open. The May/June roadshow will visit five venues across the UK: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, London and Bristol. We’ll be giving detailed technical insights into a host of current and future technologies including Windows Vista, Exchange “12”,…