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Office Online update

Office Online – the new name for the Office Web Apps – has received an update. Here’s a quick look at some of the new features.

All the updates should be available now or in the next few days as Microsoft global servers are updated. Go to or and login with your Microsoft account to access these browser versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Word Online

The focus here is on comments. Now comments appear in edit mode via a right-hand pane similar to Word 2013.

Documents can now be downloaded in PDF format. That makes it easier to download then print from a wider range of computers even if the device doesn’t have Office installed.

Footnotes and endnotes can be added inline. Tables are rendered better, especially with merged and missing cells.

List making is now more like Word software. If you start typing below an existing list, the new line will be added to the list automatically. A right-click menu includes familiar options like Continue Numbering, Set Numbering Value (set a different start value) and Start New List.

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Deleting Holidays

When you add holidays to Outlook, sometimes you can end up with duplicate entries because Outlook isn’t smart enough to detect simple duplications in the calendar.

Here’s an example of triplication of holiday items in the Outlook Calendar.  It's easy to do given Outlook's poor holidays support.

Removing the duplicates is easy, in fact there are at least three ways to do it.

Go to the Calendar, switch to List view. This is useful view to keep in mind for various purposes because you can group and sort calendar items in ways not available in standard calendar views.

Arrange by Category

Choose ‘Arrange by Category’

Minimize other categories and scroll down to the Holidays category. Sort the list by Start by clicking on that column. That will put duplicate entries next to each other.

Click on the duplicates and delete.

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Office Online in Google Chrome

A clever move from Microsoft today, having their Office Online web sites added to the Google Chrome App Store.

That’s led to excited headlines like “Microsoft Office hits Google’s Chrome Web Store” which will please Microsoft.

Sure, you can now go to the Chrome App Store using these links Word Online,Excel Online PowerPoint OnlineandOneNote

Click on the ‘Free’ button at top right to install.

On your list of Chrome Apps (type in chrome://apps/ ) will appear some new apps

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Windows 8.1 Update – secret changes list?

There’s a few blog posts about the Windows 8.1 Update changes … but not all the changes. For reasons passing understanding, Microsoft won’t release a full list of the Windows 8.1 Update changes

The Windows 8.1 Update is a curious beast. It is basically a set of ‘retractions’ by Microsoft, acknowledging that the original Windows 8 interface was flawed or, as the British say ‘not fit for purpose’.

Information on the Win8.1 Update is woefully incomplete. Even a Technet article for admins is long on hype and short on detail. There are blog posts like this.

The KB article for the update KB2919355 has a link called What's new in Windows 8.1 Update which is actually install instructions with no list of ‘What’s New’ at all. There’s a link from that page to which currently lists a few changes, but not all, by any means.

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Missing Easter from Outlook

If you check your Outlook calendar for the coming weekend, you might not see Easter Monday marked for Monday 21 April, Good Friday marked for Friday 18 April 2014. Or maybe US Thanksgiving on 27 Nov 2014 isn’t listed?

Why? Doesn’t Outlook come with public holidays automatically loaded? Not necessarily.

You need to update the holidays list manually, here’s how.

Outlook 2013/Outlook 2010 go to Options | Calendar and click Add Holidays

Outlook 2007 go to Tools | Options | Calendar Options and click Add Holidays.

From there it’s the same for all versions, there’s a list of countries that have holiday data

Check the box next to any country you want holidays displayed for. You might to load holidays for countries you have personal or business dealings with. Click OK when you’re finished.

You might see a message like this, even though you don’t have holidays loaded:

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Ignore or Mute emails in Outlook

Sometimes you get emails on a topic that doesn’t matter to you and is cluttering up your Inbox. Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 have a fairly simple solution – the Ignore button.

Ignore tells Outlook to move all existing and future emails with a certain subject to the Deleted Items folder. It is similar to, but not the same as, the Mute option in Gmail. Ignore isn’t available in Outlook 2011 for Mac nor in Outlook 2007 or previous (you’d have to make your own custom Rule instead).

Select one message from the conversation and click ‘Ignore’.

Click ‘Ignore Conversation’ and the messages will disappear to the Deleted Items folder. Any future messages with that subject (i.e. conversation or thread) will go to Deleted Items automatically.

There’s no practical limit to the number of ignored conversations configured at any time – certainly thousands can be running.

If Outlook is connected to Exchange Server 2010 or later (including Office 365 customers) the Ignore rules are run at the server level as emails arrive. That means the conversations should move even if there’s no copy of Outlook running and you’re viewing the Inbox another way (Outlook Web Access or on a smartphone).

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Get Office 2003 Service Pack 3 now

Despite the ‘retirement’ of Office 2003 and Windows XP, both programs continue to work and all past updates will be available for download from Microsoft.

However we suggest that you grab the major updates to Office 2003 now to save yourself hassle and time later.

The last major update to Office 2003 was Service Pack 3. Sure, you can download it each time but it’s better and faster to download the 118MB update once.

You can get Service Pack 3 from Microsoft as a single download.

We suggest saving the update in the same folder as your install copy of Office 2003 so it’s easily found later. Or save it to a CD/DVD/USB stick with the install disk.

The same goes for Windows XP too. Download Windows XP Service Pack 3 and save it with your XP install files.

Unfortunately, Microsoft won't release an 'end of life' pack with all updates to April 2014 bundled into a single download.  You'll have to use Windows Update to get any patches created after the respective Service Packs.

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Get your Word for Windows source code

Microsoft has released to the public domain the source code and documents for an early version of Word, Word 1.1a for Windows, as well as DOS 1.1 and 2.0.

The Word for Windows has both C source code and some documentation.

The documents are in original format which means that Word 2013 either can’t directly convert them or they’ll generate a trust error because the document format is so old! WordPad can open most of the .doc files with less trouble.

Leon Zandman has some fun with curious comments in the code. There are disparaging remarks about Microsoft competitors, some swear words and fart references.

Anyone familiar with computer code won’t be surprised by those comments. In fact it’s surprising there aren’t more!

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Windows Phone 8.1 out now

Windows Phone 8.1 is now being pushed out to compatible Windows Phones.

Some changes of interest to Office users.

You may see a prompt to download the update or go to Setting | Phone Update. It’s best to download and update when connected to Wifi and external power.

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Drop Dropbox – why? when they’re all just as bad?

The Drop Dropbox campaign is a shameful waste of time and effort. It’s making a scapegoat of one lady while ignoring much bigger problems.

Drop Dropbox came about after the announcement that Condoleezza Rice, former adviser to President George W. Bush and US Secretary of State, is to join the board of cloud storage provider, Dropbox.

The complaint seems to be that Ms. Rice is too closely aligned to the National Security Agency. It’s the NSA that has a program to collect information about everyone (not just ‘foreigners’ etc.) including documents and files stored on services like Dropbox.

It’s not fashionable these days, but I don’t like personal attacks, even though they seem acceptable in the media. I don’t agree with Ms. Rice’s politics nor many of the actions taken by governments she had a prominent role in. But the ‘Drop Dropbox’ campaign is trivializing the real and serious online privacy problems as well as giving an excuse for thinly veiled sexist and racist views.

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Outlook email basics and beyond

Outlook tricks you may not have considered for New, Reply, Reply All, Forward and Resend. click here for more ...
Office for iPad: The Complete Guide

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Mobile device limit for Office 365 Home

An Office 365 Home package now allows five tablet app installs - though you'd not know it. click here for more ...
What to do about Office 2003

Some advice on what to do about Office 2003 and Windows XP on the 8 April expiry. click here for more ...
Office 2010 SP2 adds a bug

Sometimes Office Service Packs add bugs as well as fixing them. click here for more ...
Excel for iPad - a tour

The features in Excel for iPad. click here for more ...
Word for iPad - a tour

A quick look over the Word for iPad features, click here for more ...
Excel for iPad - Formula Keyboard

A close look at the new Formula Keyboard in Excel for iPad. click here for more ...
Office for iPad - the preview look

A preview of Office for iPad. click here for more ...
OneNote for iPad updated

Also updated today ... OneNote for iPad click here for more ...
Office for iPhone and Android now free for home use

Non-business users can edit Office documents on their iPhone or Android phone for free. click here for more ...
Microsoft Store offer - bring an iPad, get a year of Office

We predict crowds at Microsoft Stores tomorrow. click here for more ...
Microsoft wins ad complaint over Google privacy

Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign gets partial endorsement. click here for more ...
Microsoft can read your Office documents, legally

If Microsoft can read email, they can read your Office documents too. click here for more ...
No password protection in Office apps

You can secure cloud documents with a password but Microsoft makes them hard to use. click here for more ...
Sharing a document – email vs OneDrive?

Which way is best? Share a document by email or cloud? click here for more ...
Quick and Dirty document sharing

Sharing a document with Office 2013 and OneDrive click here for more ...
Office for iPad – next week?

Does it matter if there’s an Office for iPad? Only if it's a decent app that works properly. click here for more ...
Microsoft reads private email on Hotmail/

When Microsoft feels the need, they read cloud emails. click here for more ...
5 mistakes made comparing Office 365 and Office 2013

Beware of 'experts' to tow the Microsoft party line on Office 365 vs. Office 2013. click here for more ...
Difference between ‘Pickup where you left off’ and ‘Shift + F5’.

Word 2013’s ‘Pickup where you left off’ is different from the Shift+F5 shortcut. click here for more ...
Sharing an Office 365 rental cost

Can friends share the cost of an Office 365 subscription/rental? click here for more ...
Office 365 gets Personal

Where’s the value in Office 365 Personal? click here for more ...
‘Pickup where you left off’ isn’t working

Why are some Word 2013 users not seeing ‘Welcome Back’ messages. click here for more ...
Stop ‘Pick up where you left off’ in Word 2013

How to block the ‘Welcome back’ message in Word 2013. click here for more ...
More hidden document traces

The more we dig, the more places we find trace of your Office document history. click here for more ...
Converting ‘image only’ PDFs to Word

How to convert a PDF into a Word document, even when Word 2013 can’t do it. click here for more ...
Why some PDF’s won’t work in Word 2013

Why won’t Word 2013 convert some PDF’s? click here for more ...
Showing Language setting in Word

How to see which language is set in Word. click here for more ...

Office News Wire

Free Office extra for the blind and visually impaired

Screen reader software now available for Office 2010 and Office 2013 users. click here for more ...
Paste in Microsoft Word

Demystifying the many paste options in Word. click here for more ...
Office 15 starts external testing

The Office 15 Technical Preview has begun. click here for more ...
Online Cloud-Based File Repair Service for Corrupted Microsoft Office Files

Innovative Online Data Recovery Technology Allows Users to Repair Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access Files from Web Browsers Faster Than Ever click here for more ...
SSD's - some tips

If you want to take the plunge to Solid State Drives, here are some comments from our experience. click here for more ...
Low use of Bitlocker

Why the low use of Bitlocker when it can secure your private documents and emails? click here for more ...
Office 2010: the real startup guide

Things you should know that Microsoft won’t tell you: saving money, installing, configuring and using Office 2010. click here for more ...
Office 2010 licence terms

A full copy of the licence terms (aka MSLT formerly EULA) for Office 2010. click here for more ...
Microsoft Office 2010 Retail Pricing Comparison Chart

This is a direct copy of the Office 2010 pricing as presented by Microsoft with all the footnotes described as a 'more detailed guide'. click here for more ...
Microsoft Office 2010 Reaches Beta, Bringing Productivity Gains to the PC, Phone and Browser

Q&A: Kurt DelBene, senior vice president of the Office Business Productivity Group at Microsoft, discusses what is new in the public beta and what developers can expect from the upcoming release of Office 2010 and related products. click here for more ...

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