Disable MS Office 2013 Start Screen & Always Open Blank Documents

MS Office 2013 is without argument the most polished face the productivity suit has ever had, to date. It's an obvious outcome of it being around for years and being improved upon. That said, I don't always like the new start screen in Office 2013 which stalls the actual program being launched. I use Word quite often and I'm still in the habit of launching it from the taskbar and immediately being able to start typing or at times, pasting text. The start screen is often an unnecessary extra step for me and at times very annoying. For anyone in the same boat, there is a simple solution to this problem and that is to disable the start screen. It's an option that can be exercised on a per-app basis for the Office Suit and is very easily reversible. Read More

Import Your MS Office Dictionary To A Different PC Or Fresh Install

Switching to a new PC is a daunting task that means installing lots of of apps again, and setting things up the way you had them on your old system. Setting up a new PC to work like your old one isn't an easy task but what's more time consuming is when your apps have to learn from scratch what your preferences are, or rather when you have to teach them that. This isn't that hard for apps that have an online service working at their backend but when we're talking about an app that functions entirely on our desktop with no way to export and import settings and user preferences, we run into a problem. MS Office now has an online version but it doesn't do much by way of importing or exporting settings and this can be a problem when you have something like the dictionary you created on your old system over the years. Here is how you can port your MS Office dictionary, complete with every change you've ever made to it, from your old PC to a new one. Read More

Clear The Recent Files List In MS Office Apps

MS Office keeps a list of recently accessed files for each app in its Office suite. It's super useful if you're working on different files at the same time, and constantly switch between which one is open. Not only does it make it easier to locate a file you want to open, but it also makes the list accessible within other dialog boxes in the respective app so that you can link to it etc. As useful as the list is, it does lose its utility when it starts showing documents that you no longer need to access. Here's how you can clear the list and start a fresh one in any Office app. Bear in mind that the process is different for MS Office 2003 - 1020, and different for Office 2013. Read More

Hiding The Mini Toolbar In Office 2013

Microsoft got a lot of heat with Windows 8 and loyal Windows users were disappointed with the company's attempt at innovation since it ended up sacrificing two of the most iconic features of the OS but Microsoft and its products aren't all a result of trial and error. Take a look at Office 2013 and you can see the company gets a lot of things right in just the one go. The Office productivity suite has everything you could ever need to make a solid well-formatted document, spreadsheet, or presentation. What's more is that it also features many auto-fill options and helpful pop-ups to make formatting and composing a document or presentation easier. That said, one of the chief annoyances is the Mini Toolbar that pops up in all office apps when you select text. For some, this might be helpful but it appears over the text and there isn't an easy way to dismiss it. You can  however, disable it, if it annoys you. Here's how. Read More

Remotely Control Word, Excel & PowerPoint From Windows Phone With MS Office Remote

Microsoft Office has been the productivity suite of choice for many over decades, and is still going strong among its fans and those simply stuck with it alike, especially in the corporate sector. One major use of the suite is for presentations, but it isn’t always too convenient to manage the slides through the PC itself while giving a presentation. There are many tools out there to remotely control your presentations, both in form of dedicated hardware as well as apps for popular mobile platforms out there. If you are using  a Winodws Phone device, you no longer have to rely on any third-party tools for the purpose, as Microsoft has just released an official Office Remote app for Windows Phone that lets you remotely control Word, Excel and PowerPoint right from your phone. Read More

Disable Typing Animation In All Office 2013 Applications [Tip]

If you’ve started using the new Office 2013 (or version 15, as some may call it), you might have noticed the new typing animation. As you type, the animation is pretty obvious to note. Some may term it as a modern and contemporary addition to the flavor of the new Microsoft Office Suite while others would simply get annoyed. It is for such people that we present a registry hack to get rid of the fancy typing animation. This hack has a reversible effect and if you feel the need to revert to the default graphics, you are just a click away. Moreover, this will apply not only to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the like, the impact would hold for the entire suite. Through this post, we are in no way undermining the typing animation, but only presenting an alternative for the annoyed ones, out there. Read More

What’s New In Microsoft Outlook 2013? [Review]

Microsoft recently announced the next version of Office suite – Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15). Steve Ballmer, the current CEO of the Redmond giant, unveiled Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview, in San Francisco, but as of now, Microsoft is calling the new version as Office 365 Consumer Preview, and has made it available as Home, Small Business and Enterprise editions. This is the first time in history that the Office suite is designed by keeping desktop and touchscreen devices in mind, particularly when Windows 8 is just months away from its GA launch. One of the most powerful and frequently used applications in Office, is the Outlook. Outlook 2013, akin to other programs in the suite, has received much love from the developers, and now looks more polished and elegant. Basically, it’s the same old Outlook with an improved functionality, aesthetics and ergonomics. We decided to do a brief overview of the new Office Suite, and an in-depth review of the new features, changes and enhancements that are made to MS Outlook. Read More

What’s New In Microsoft PowerPoint 2013? [Review]

With the release of Windows 8 GA on the horizon, Microsoft has unveiled the next version of their second biggest product, the Microsoft Office 2013. Right now, it is only the Consumer Preview, however, it provides ample basis for users to form an idea about what the final version will bring to the computing world. Graced with the same Metro style UI of Windows 8, the design and functionality of Microsoft Office 2013 has been streamlined to work with both PC’s and Tablet devices. Even though, at first glance it appears to be a lot different than its predecessor, it is essentially the same product, with a few tweaks and enhancements added here and there. The main focus has been on improving document sharing using the SkyDrive cloud service, and using it to access and edit them from remote locations. In this article, we will look at the enhancements of the old features and addition of new ones in the Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Read More

What’s New In Microsoft Word 2013? [Review]

With the recent launch of Office 15 at a media event, new trends have surely been set. The flurry of Windows 8, its metro user interface and a clean and resourceful look has brought in criticism from around the world, but the overall balance is being seen in Microsoft's favor, as it embarks upon technology integration, cloud-connectivity, and modern, touch-friendly outlook. In what follows, we will inform you exactly where Microsoft Word 2013 from the Office 15 Suite aims to reform your experience with documents. It is surely time to embrace text-flow, PDFs, collaborations, and the world wide web through a resourceful Office App Library for the better. A cleaner discussion thread and Microsoft SkyDrive integration promise a unique experience for the novice as well as advanced users. Read More

What’s New In Microsoft Excel 2013? [Review]

Some say that Office 15 is merely a polished look of the previous version, but a deep analysis of the Suite proves otherwise. Yes, times are changing and Microsoft is adapting with the new world by imparting a metro user interface initiated with Windows 8 and carried on in the new Office preview. With the modern feel and easy navigation experience acknowledged, cloud-based services using Microsoft SharePoint and SkyDrive allow you to collaborate like never before. Moreover, documents can be accessed on all devices from the mainframe to the touch-phone. A sleek and responsive workspace allows you to achieve productivity at a new peak. In this post, we will discover the new features in Microsoft Excel 2013 ranging from the new sharing options to Office Apps. Data organization has been simplified using Flash Fill, data analysis has been equipped with Quick Analysis and charting is now much more effective owing to the new Recommended charts option. Read More

OutlookAdressBookView: View & Export Outlook Address Books’ Contacts In HTML/CSV Format

Developed By Nirsoft, OutlookAddressBookView is a portable application for Windows that is designed to read contact information from all Outlook Address books and display the details in separate fields, allowing you to easily export the contact list(s) in XML and CSV, HTML and tab separated file format. Unlike Outlook plugins that require you to launch Outlook for performing address book-related tasks, this application doesn’t launch Outlook in the background to import the contact entries. It supports both IMAP and Microsoft Exchange account, and has the ability to read additional contact information for configured Exchange account such as Address Type, Contact Created/Modified Time etc. Just like other Nirsoft’s utilities, it enables users to export only selected entries from the list to local/remote location. You also have the option to view the complete contact information of specific contact in a separate dialog. More details after the break. Read More

ContactSync: Sync Specific Outlook Contacts Groups With Network Users

Want to share specific Outlook Contacts group across the network users, but don’t want the fuss of having to manually pick and send contact cards from Address Book and send them to connected users? Meet ContactSync, an ingeniously simple, yet powerful Outlook 2010 add-on that lets you effortlessly share a specific contact group with anyone connected to your network. It is basically developed to let users easily share their business contacts with their co-workers and keep their shared contact groups synced all the time. It allows you to change the shared contact group, add, remove and edit contacts and replace the currently synced shared contact category with any contact group of your choice. In addition, ContactSync implements duplicate conflict resolution technique for de-duplication of shared contacts. When you share a contact, it immediately looks for contact with similar name and email address to prevent saving duplicate entries in shared contact group. It also uses FileAs and Email fields identify the same contact. Read past the jump for details. Read More

Split Outlook 2010 Storages / Email Account Folders By Size & Year [Addin]

Like previous MS Outlook versions, Outlook 2010 saves each email account related files and folders including mailboxes in PST file, which can be used with any Outlook version to quickly restore the account mail items and folders. Although Outlook lets you associate PST files with new/existing email accounts, it often stops responding when large PST files are imported. If you’re planning to move or create backup of PST files, we recommend using Split Storage to split Outlook / email account storages into small PST files by Year and specified Size. It’s basically an add-in for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010, which allows you pick the email account storage and spilt it according to your requirements. Additionally, it creates new PST files, and splits storages while copying the data from the specified storage into a new PST. Since it only reads the data from existing PST files, it doesn’t make any changes to PST/OST archives. Read More

OutlookParameterGUI: 30 Switches To Run Outlook In Required Mode

Since Outlook supports a variety of plugins, add-ons and other third-party tools’ connectors, it’s highly prone to PST/OST file corruption and other like attacks. Finding out problems with PST, OST and old email archive files isn’t easy, and takes a lot of time as well as effort to identify the root cause of the issue. Sometimes, Outlook stops responding due to the presence of incompatible add-ins, and this not only makes it difficult to find the add-ins, but also to permanently delete them. If you often encounter fatal errors, add in exceptions etc while using Outlook 2010, you probably need to install OutlookParameterGUI to easily identify the issues. The application is meant for launching Outlook with different switches. It supports a total of 30 widely used command line switches for Outlook.exe file, which are used to identify and troubleshoot Outlook-related problems. Instead of using a command line tool to invoke Outlook.exe with a certain switch, you could this application to select the required switch to launch Outlook in required mode. Read More

Merge Outlook 2010 Storage & Folders Within Specified Date Range [Add-in]

Outlook 2010 saves emails, notes, tasks and other items in folders, which can be easily copied/moved within the email account storage or to other Outlook 2010 storages from folder right-click context menu. If you’re managing multiple email accounts in Outlook, you may want to merge folders or entire email account storage into specified storage to easily organize archives of required email accounts. Merge Storage is an add-in for Outlook that allows merging storage and folders to specified location. You can save the merge jobs and run them any time you want. It lets you choose source storages/folders and destination storage for performing the merge operation. Additionally, you can specify the start and end dates to merge only specific content to defined storage. For instance, you can merge all the emails, notes, journal of last year (01 Jan 2011 – 31 December 2011) to a separate location. Read More

Automatically Remove Duplicate Contacts From Outlook 2010 Folders [Add-in]

Although Outlook 2010 allows users to import contacts from numerous email services, it doesn’t provide an option to automatically detect and remove duplicate entries. For this reason, if you’ve imported contacts from multiple accounts, then you must’ve been dealing with a lot of duplicate contact entries. Since it’s practically quite tedious to select each duplicate entry, and then delete it from Outlook Address Book, we recommend using Remove Duplicate Contacts for this very purpose. It’s small add-in for MS Outlook that automates the process of deleting duplicate contacts from specified Outlook native and configured email accounts’ folders. Additionally, it provides a one-click duplicate contact cleaning option to quickly remove the duplicates in one go. Read More

Important Mail Alert: Create Text-Based Email Alert Rule In Outlook 2010

Although Outlook 2010 comes with a comprehensive Rule Manager feature that supports creating customized email notifications and alerts for all types of mail accounts, one has to follow quite a tedious process to define the rule settings. If you’re looking for a simple way to create rule-based email alert notification, Important Mail Alert is a solid pick. It’s light-weight add-in for Outlook that lets you create and configure email rules & alerts without having to go through the hassle of selecting the email accounts. It integrates into Outlook interface, letting you manage the rules and alerts from Mail window. Apart from supporting all types of configured email accounts including POP3, IMAP, and Exchange, it automatically adds the accounts to rule box letting you disable the mail alert for a specific email account. Read More

Create Keyword Based Rules For MS Outlook & Receive Mail Alerts

Important Mail Alert is an MS Outlook 2010 add-in for creating rule-based alerts for defined keyword. It provides a desktop alert when an email matching the specified criteria arrives. Although rules can be easily configure in MS Outlook, however, it is much easier to use keywords to create rules for mail alerts. This add-in completely integrates with the MS Outlook interface, and provides access to all your recent alerts. The keyword based rules can be applied to all message elements, including the sender, subject, body etc, and tied to your configured email address (in the MS Outlook mail client). Read More

Note&Do: Take Notes And Maintain To Do Lists In Microsoft Office [Add-In]

While working on computer, it is not unusual to forget about something you had to do. It often happens that while working on a document, we get brilliant ideas to add to it, but can't recall them later. The usual thing to do is to either get a sticky note and jot down the idea on it, but finding a sticky note and pen or a pencil can take a lot of time, and distract you from the task at hand. If you create a text file on your desktop, there’s a fat chance that you will completely forget about the file after some time. Note&Do is an add-on for Microsoft Office that integrates with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint, & enables a Notes and To Do bar in the right side of the applications, allowing you to take quick notes by typing or dragging & dropping text, noting down tasks that need to be performed. Each note and task is universal, in the sense that when a note is added to one application, it is viewable in all supported four Microsoft Office utilities. Read More

CodeTwo Move & Delete: Get Alert On Moving A Folder In Outlook 2010

Since the advent of emails, many companies have come up with their own ideas to make the service more robust and advanced. Perhaps, it’s the sole reason that emails are not anymore used for the sake of sending text messages only, as there is a lot more to it now. In the arena of email clients that are available for Windows, Microsoft’s Outlook has earned a name of its own by taking care of pretty much everything that’s related to your email accounts, facilitating you to do and manage all your personal, work, and/or other email accounts under one umbrella. Although first released back in 1997, much has changed now since what was initially implemented with Microsoft’s latest and greatest Outlook 2010 – so many features have been packed into one package that it would be a fools way to call it just an email client. Apart from email management,  it takes care of your contacts, maange schedules and meetings, provide data backup options and what not. One of the beauties of Outlook is its plugins support, which further widen up this open ocean of features. If you’re continuously on the look for new plugins that take care of all your Outlook needs, then you’d definitely like the one we have for you today. If you work with a lot of folders in Microsoft Outlook, it can frequently happen that you unintentionally grab a folder, and drop it onto another folder while scrolling down the navigation pane. Well, you wouldn't anymore, as CodeTwo Move & Delete Watchdog is a plugin for Microsoft Outlook that prevents this from happening. If you drag and drop one folder into another, or hit the Delete button, it gives you a warning and allows you to cancel or confirm the action. A pretty nifty way to provide an early heads-up. Read More