How to make your Windows 7 with Office 2010 desktop more accessible

Setting custom text size Adjusting fonts in Outlook Using the accessibility functions of Internet Explorer Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts Magnifier Magnifier keyboard shortcuts High contrast Setting custom text size   One of the first things that people tend to do when trying to make their desktop accessible is to change their desktop resolution using the classic control panel > display menu. This is not ideal, in fact, for a lot of applications, it’s about the worst place to start. Programs will not display properly and any applications that have been designed with large window sizes will hang halfway off the screen. A much more suitable way of doing this […]

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View a list of newly received e-mails

The New Mail Desktop Alert only shows for the last e-mail received so when you’ve received multiple new e-mails across folders it still might be a bit hard to immediately locate them. This has actually always been the case with any version of Outlook. Outlook 2003 has a new action rule for this; display a specific message in the New Item Alert window. As an example we are again going to create a generic rule with no conditions and just the action to display the New Item Alert window. You can of course set conditions and exceptions as desired and note that, since Outlook 2003 SP1, rules get executed after […]

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Creating a New Mail desktop alert.

By default the new New Mail Desktop Alert will only show when the mail is delivered to the Inbox. This means that when you have a rule configured to move your mail to a different folder the Notification won’t show. To workaround this you can add the action “display a Desktop Alert” to each and every rule. Besides the fact that it is very tiresome, the real downside of this is that when you are in an Exchange organization the rule will become a local rule so that it will only execute when Outlook is running. This means that when you have added extra actions to the rule, like forwarding […]

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Setting a default user logon picture

As the person who is responsible for building deployment images, you may decide that you want to force the users to have a default user logon picture for the Welcome screen, both on their local desktop and on Remote Desktop Services. There is a Group Policy setting in Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows 7 that allows you to do this. 1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER 2. Go to the following branch: Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Control Panel | User Accounts 3. Double-click Apply the default user logon picture to all users 4. Set it to Enabled 5. Exit the Group Policy Editor. This policy setting […]

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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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