SOLVED: How to Change Channels in Office 365 Pro Plus

Office 365 Pro Plus has three different channels or ‘rings’: Update channel Primary purpose How often updated with new features Default update channel for the following products Monthly Channel Provide users with the newest features of Office as soon as they’re available. Monthly Visio Online Plan 2 (previously named Visio Pro for Office 365) Project Online Desktop Client Office 365 Business, which is the version of Office that comes with some Office 365 plans, such…

SOLVED: How To Roll Office 365 Pro Plus Back To A Previous Version

If you are working with Office 365 Pro Plus you may find a problem and want to roll back to a previous build.  That can easily be done using the build in command line tool. Before you get started, look at the Office 365 Pro Plus list available from Microsoft HERE and decide which version you want to roll back to. Close all Office apps (Outlook, Word, Excel…) Launch a CMD line as an administrator…

SOLVED: Disabling Outlook Archive Button, But You Likely Shouldn’t

Historically, the ARCHIVE function in Outlook created a new .PST file that was separate from the mailboxes primary .PST or .OST.  Many companies want to disable the ARCHIVE functions in Outlook because: .PST’s allow staff to copy large amounts of email to a single file they can remove from the company without trace .PST’s are not indexed on the Exchange server so if there is a legal discovery performed, data will be omitted and courts…

SOLVED: How To Send Encrypted Email & Block Forwarding or Copying With Office 365 Email

If you have Office 365 email (a.k.a. hosted Exchange), you can now block recipients from forwarding your email and you can encrypt your email.   In fact all Office365 to Office365 email is already encrypted, but email that leaves Microsoft’s Office365 is not… until now. Today you can easily encrypt your email or block someone from copying the text, taking a screen grab, printing or forwarding the message as long as they are using one of…

SOLVED: How To Stop Skype From Starting Up Automatically

You may have noticed that Skype starts automatically and runs the icon runs in your system tray/notification area.  This is just annoying advertising if you are not using it. As you can see in the screen shot, Microsoft’s official instructions on how to disable Skype are outdated as the AUTOMATICALLY START SKYPE WHEN YOU SIGN IN option is not an option if you have not already logged into Skype. Most consumers would try to disable…

SOLVED: How To Block Outlook From Using Cached Mode on Boardroom PC’s

Most users, especially those will laptops, will want Outlook to operate in Cached mode but you likely don’t want Outlook caching on boardroom / focus room / huddle room / client room computers.  Cache mode copies a large amount of data from the Exchange server to an .OST file on local PC and in a boardroom that: takes a few minutes users seldom have in a meeting opens a security hole by putting potentially sensitive…

Solved: How To Push a User GPO To Only Some Computers

If need to have different settings for your users depending upon which computers they are on this is the article for you.  Trying to set and HKCU entry based on the machine can be easily done but the process is not obvious. Our customers wants users to have the default 1 year of caching in Outlook so when they are on a plane, they still have their mail BUT they also was users to log…

SOLVED: How To Block Users From Installing Add-Ins In Outlook & OWA on Office 365 Hosted Exchange

If you are using Office 365 Hosted Exchange in your company, you will likely want to control what add-ins your users have access to.  Typically, an administrator will want to add an ADD-IN into  SERVICES & ADD-INS (causing the add-in to install nearly instantly in OWA and Outlook) but also ensure that standard users can not install any other add-ins by themselves. Unfortunately it is not as simple as you might think. The Way You…

SOLVED: How To Disable Application Sharing In Microsoft Teams

The short version is that you cannot do this today. If you are using Microsoft Teams and you have users with many windows open, desktop sharing can become very confusing.  Users should generally share a desktop and not an application because: Users often find it difficult to understand why popups and other windows do not show to those in a meeting User are often overwhelmed by the number of choices in the list of things…

SOLVED: How To Disable GET ADD-INS Button in Outlook

If you want to retain control over what your staff can install you will need to disable the GET ADD-INS button in Outlook.  Unfortunately there is no  ready made GPO toggle GET ADD-INS off. To give you a false sense of security, there is a setting in the Office 365 Exchange Management Console to disable “User owned Apps and Services” with options for “Let people in your organization go to the Office Store” and “Let…

SOLVED: How To Disable Focused Inbox on Office 365 Outlook Using The GUI or PowerShell

In a corporate setting, having a FOCUSED INBOX will frequently be used as an excuse by staff for not responding.  IT will receive a never ending stream of complaints and requests to tweak the algorithm which they can’t and would not want to do.  As such most companies will want to set the Focused Inbox to off by default. In the video below we demonstrate how to turn off the Focused Inbox using PowerShell because…

SOLVED: VIDEO: 25 PowerPoint 2019 Tips & Tricks In 20 Minutes

In this video we very quickly run through 25 PowerPoint Tips and Tricks in just 20 minutes: There are many more we could have shown including fabulous new IDEAS but we decided to show the day to day hidden gems:   FORMAT PAINTER > Double Click TO HOLD CONTROL + DRAG to duplicate SHIFT + DRAG = straight line Use Templates and Ideas RESET INSERT > HEADER & FOOOTER change date INSERT > ICONS (SHAPES)…

SOVLED: What’s the Difference Between Office 2019 Home, Student, Pro & Enterprise?

We have received a number of questions about the differences in Micosoft Office 2019 bundles so we decided to produce a grid showing all of the critical differences. To answer a few questions directly: We offer a FREE Office 365 Business Premium Trial for up to 25 user for one month HERE Office 2019 IS Office 365 Pro Plus.  For a more detailed explanation of this see our: What’s The Difference Between Office 2019 &…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Set Office 365 Pro Plus To Run on a Kiosk with Shared Activation

In this video we explain how to set Office 365 Pro Plus (Office 2016, Office 2019) to run on a kiosk by using Office Shared Activation.  We also also show how to verify it. Shared Office Activation lets you to deploy Office 365 ProPlus to computers that are accessed by multiple users.  Some examples of supported scenarios for using what Microsoft calls “shared computer activation” (and I call Kiosk Mode) are: More than one employee…