Restore the Unread Mail Folder in Outlook

The “Unread mail” folder is a Default Search folder present in Microsoft Outlook. It contains a count of the number of mails that are unread in a particular E-mail account. Sometimes, this search folder might not be displayed along with the favourite mail folders or it could have been accidentally deleted. If this is the case, don’t panic, you can easily restore the “Unread mail” folder and make it display with the rest of the favourite mail folders. Here are the instructions on how to get this done. In Outlook, click on ‘Folder’ tab and then under the ‘Folder’ tab, in the ‘New’ category, click on the ‘New Search Folder’ […]

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How to change DPI in Terminal Services 2008

Sometimes your users will need to make the fonts on their remote desktops a bit larger to help them see them. In Windows Server 2008 this setting is a per machine setting and so you can’t change it by user. I came across this post by Mark Prigg, who has written a very handy little program that you can install on your terminal servers to get around this problem. It really is a brilliant little tool that gives your users a GUI from which they can alter their DPI through 5 different settings. You can download it from here.

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Word track changes bubbles are too small

When using Office 2003/2007/2010 in compatibility mode you may find the the bubbles for tracking changes are too small to be read. Here’s how you fix it: 1. Open the Styles Pane by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Shift-S 2. Click on the Manage Styles button in the bottom of that pane 3. In the Manage Styles dialog > Edit tab, set the sort order to Alphabetical and select the style called Balloon Text and click the Modify button 4. Change the size to something much larger eg 12 and click OK and OK to return to the document.

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The Outlook double spacing when using stationary issue

Are you using Outlook stationary but are being driven absolutely mad because no matter what you try, you still get double spacing when typing in the email body. I’ve finally figured out a solution. Navigate to: XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Stationery Vista/Win7: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Stationery Find your stationary file (<stationaryfile>.htm) and then right click on it and choose edit. In the styles section of the ribbon, right click on the “normal” style and choose modify. Click on the reduce line spacing button, highlighted: The select the new documents based on this template radio button and once you click OK and save, this should fix your problem!

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Outlook Favourite Folders disappearing

If your Outlook favourite folders have disappeared and you can’t get them back again, there are three ways you can fix it: 1.You can create a new mail profile. This resets everything you’ve customized unfortunately, so it is, in my opinion, a last resort. 2. You can close outlook and then go to Start > Run > OUTLOOK.EXE /resetnavpane 3.You can navigate to the folder that Outlook stores settings in. In Windows XP it defaults to: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook and in Vista and Win 7 it is found at: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook In this folder you will find a file called Outlook.xml. You should exit Outlook completely then rename the file. […]

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Repeating “backup your file encryption key” notification

The past couple of days whenever I booted up I was getting a notification telling me I needed to backup my file encryption key. It turned out that this was being caused by a file I had downloaded. If you are getting this notification, its fairly simple to fix, if not immediately obvious. You need to find the files or folders which are encrypted. You can do this by using the following procedure: 1) Type “Command Prompt” in the search box and right click to run as Administrator. 2) Type the following command: cipher /u It will then list any encrypted folders and files that are on your system. 3) You can […]

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Printing blank pages on a Deskjet 5550 from a 2003 Terminal Server

One of my users has been having a problem with their local Deskjet 5550 whilst using terminal services on a 2003 server. They can print fine locally but when printing from the terminal server they are just getting blank pages. Here’s how I fixed it. Log off from the terminal server. Go into your printers and faxes window, and right click on the Deskjet 5550 and choose properties. Go the the advanced tab and click “new driver”. When presented with the driver selection box choose HP Deskjet 990c, and then OK through the rest of the installation. When your user logs back into terminal services they should be able to […]

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500 error when accessing OWA after installing PHP web apps

After installing Joomla on one of my web servers recently, I discovered that I was no longer able to access OWA, being presented with a 500 error when trying to access the webpage. The cause of this problem was quite simple, but it took me a while to find. <add value=”index.php” /> had been added into my web.config file. Removing this value did not stop my php sites from working, but it did allow my OWA to start working again, so you might want to check it out!

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Windows Vista Server Service Won’t Start

When trying to start Windows Vista Server Service you get the error code: Error 1068: Dependency Failed to Start 1. Disable security software such as Windows Firewall, anti-virus software and manually start Server service in Services window. Please visit the following website for detail steps: How to Disable or Enable Vista Services http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/59910-services.html 2. Try to start Computer Browser service to call for Server service. Computer Browser service is dependent on Server service. 3. Since the Server service supports file, print, and named-pipe sharing over the network. You can try to reinstall File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks to start the Server service. 1) Click Start, click Run, type […]

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