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Two Real Time Savers with Outlook 2016

I’ve been using Office 2016 now for quite awhile, and nearly every day I find myself nodding my head in agreement with two new features in Outlook 2016 that are real time savers for me:

  • Outlook automatically detects if I was supposed to attach a file to the email, but clicked Send without doing so. It then prompts me with a nice reminder. That has saved me multiple times from sending an email without the attachment!
  • Then, when I go to attach a file, Outlook now presents me with a list of recent files that I have accessed or created. No more drilling down through directories for the PDF file I just created and wish to attach. This is a huge time saver for me.

Here are screen shots of these features in action:

Step 1: Create an email and make a reference to an attachment, like this:

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Step 2: Click Send without attaching a file, and you’ll get the following notification window:

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Step 3: Click on Insert –> Attach File and Outlook will display a list of recent files:

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KB3114409 May Affect Outlook 2010 Settings

There are some reports that an Outlook 2010 update that was released today (KB3114409 Dec 8, 2015) may impact operations of Outlook 2010. You may find that it will only run in safe modem, or your Outlook settings may get reset to default, or configuration changes you make will not stick.

If so, uninstall KB3114409 for now. Read more here

Outlook Crashing after Latest Updates–KB3097877

I am seeing many reports today of Outlook crashing after the recent set of Office 2010 updates, as well as getting a blank screen after pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL for the login screen.

It appears that KB 3097877 may be the cause. If so you can try uninstalling that KB patch.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3097877

There is also a suggestion to clear the Java cache. Instructions can be found here:

http://www.java.com/en/download/help/plugin_cache.xml

Bootstrapper error during Office 2013 installation

I was attempting to install Office 2013 Professional Plus on a new workstation that had already been joined to the SBS 2011 domain. It kept crashing just a few minutes into the intallation with the error message: “Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper has stopped working”.

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If you search the Microsoft forums, you will see several recommendations, including:

  • Remove all prior installations of Microsoft Office
  • Make sure that the Task Scheduler is running
  • Try burning the Office .iso to a DVD to do the install

In my case, we were good in all those departments.

Then I came across a forum post that raised the question:

Have you implemented a Cryptolocker group policy at your site?

Oh, my, yes! I quickly logged onto the server, moved the new workstation out of its normal OU. Voila! Office 2013 installed immediately.

SkyDrive to be renamed OneDrive

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It’s official … on January 27, 2014 Microsoft announced an upcoming name change to their cloud storage service. SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro will soon be known as OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, respectively.

The rebranding of SkyDrive is a result of a trademark case filed last year by British Sky Broadcasting.

Fix Word Starter 2010 File Association Issue

You installed a trial version of Microsoft Office 2010, and the trial version has now expired. Now, when you try to double click on a Word (.doc, .docx) or Excel (.xls, .xlsx) file, you get a big screen saying you don’t have Office 2010’s Word/Excel installed.

What happened is that when the trial version expired, it flipped you to running the Starter version of Microsoft Word and Excel. All that needs to be done is to update the file association for those specific file types.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click on the Start button on the lower left
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  2. In the right hand column, click on the option labeled Default Programs
  3. Then click on Associate a file type or protocol with a program, and a list of file types will display
  4. Locate .doc and double click on it.
  5. Now select Microsoft Office Client Virtualization Handler* as the program to associate with .doc files.
  6. Repeat this process for .docx, .xls, .xlsx, or any other related file types.

* If you see Microsoft Application Virtualization DDE Launcher listed instead, use that instead.