SOLVED: How To Enable The POWER BUTTON in Windows 8.1 Update 1

This has taken me about a day to figure out!  I have a new Surface 3 that I have wiped out and imaged with a Win8.1 ISO sourced from the Volume License Service Center (with a release date of 4/13/2014, which I thought included Update 1).   After adding in updates KB2959977 and KB29330418 as per UPDATE 1 instructions which and rebooting I found that I most of the UPDATE 1 improvements (like a context menu when right…

SOLVED: How to Use Email Templates in Outlook 2013 (or 2010)

Well the answer is, use Word 2013 to send your email.  You may not be aware that Outlook dropped its own text editor somewhere around Office 2000, so when you are creating an email in Outlook, you really are just using Word.  The problem is that Microsoft removed the EMAIL links from the typical ribbons in Word.  Fortunately you can easily get them back: Open Word 2010 or 2013, click FILE then OPTIONS Click QUICK ACCESS TOOLBAR,…

SOLVED: Can Not Embed Video in PowerPoint 2013

UPDATE2: (May 14 2014): This is now fixed with the most recent round of Windows Updates.  READ THIS for more details UPDATE1:  (March 3 2014): Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 does NOT resolve this issue. If you tried PowerPoint 2013’s INSERT > VIDEO > ONLINE VIDEO since August 2013 you will know that it is broken and Microsoft confirms that there is not immanent fix in THIS KBase article.  However you can still embed (ok… link…

SOLVED: How To Report Spam Directly to Microsoft Using Outlook 2007 2010 2013

If you have ever wanted to report your spam directly to Microsoft so that they can block future emails using their FOPE (Forefront Online Protection Services), Forefront For Exchange or just the basic Junk mail filter in Outlook, this is the post for you. Reporting spam to Microsoft is useful as long as you are using a Microsoft product including Outlook, Exchange, Office365, FOPE, and/or Forefront. There are two ways to send spam for analysis…

SOLVED: How to View the Headers in an Email Using Outlook 2007 2010 or 2013

If you want to know who REALLY sent you an email and not what Outlook is reporting who sent you an email, you just need to check what Outlook actually received in its header.  The header contains all kinds of useful tech bits and is often modified by systems that touch and retransmit the message (such as an external anti-spam service from your internet provider). To see a message header in Outlook 2007 2010 or 2013:…

SOLVED: Cannot open the Outlook window. Invalid XML, the view cannot be loaded

If you see the following error:  Cannot open the Outlook window. Invalid XML, the view cannot be loaded   The solution is to click START and type:  Outlook.exe /ResetNavPane Tech Tip : Is it possible to remotely access your work space from anywhere? Yes ! Now you can access your online private work space with full-fledged access to your business applications, emails and documents with desktop hosting service from CloudDesktopOnline with commendable tech-support from one…

SOLVED: How To Stop Outlook From Using Public Folders

If you have ever had Exchange with Public Folders, you will know that there is currently no way to reverse the AD Schema additions and so Outlook will continue to look for Public Folders.  Microsoft has largely withdrawn support for Public folders, but your Outlook, even Outlook 2013, will hunt for it in the background because your Active Directory Schema, tells it to… but you can override and turn off Public Folder checking at the desktop…

SOLVED: How To Change the Default Font in Equation Editor From Cambria

The short answer is you need to buy a new font.  Out of the box, Office 2010 and 2013 have only Cambria with all of the math characters that are needed for the Equation Editor.  You can verify this is also your circumstance by clicking expand link at the bottom right of the TOOLS box in the EQUATION EDITOR > DESIGN tab (see the screen shot to the right) After some considerable effort, I have still not…

SOLVED: Excel Formulas Displaying As Text

If you enter a forumula / function in Excel but only see the text of that forumla and not the result of that formula, there is likely one of two things happening: You have FORMULAS tab > SHOW FORUMLAS button turned on You have the cell(s) formated as TEXT The first issue is easy to deal with, just click the SHOW FORUMULAS button and see if the issue goes away. The second is only slightly…

(NOT) SOLVED: Why Does Outlook 2013 Calendar In the ToDo Bar Only Show One Day

Because that is the way Microsoft wanted it.  The ability to see multiple days in the Outlook To-D0 Bar Calendar has been deprecated as clutter. One word: MISTAKE! As one poster put it: “Why waste all of that space.  It makes the calendar to-do all but worthless.  It also doesn’t bold dates have appointments?…… PLEASE FIX!” This worked so well in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010, and was not clutter to those that used it.…

SOLVED: Cannot Install Office 2013 ProPlusww.msi error

If you are receiving the above error there are several things install you can do like: clean boot disable AntiVirus repair your old Office Installation (assuming you are trying to upgrade) run the System File Checker (SFC /SCANNOW) but for me, I resolved the issue by: Deleting ALL of the files from C:ProgramData\Microsoft Help\ Deleting ALL of the scheduled tasks in Task Scheduler I found a number blogs like THIS one to be very helpful. Share…

SOLVED: How to Disable APPS FOR OFFICE in Office 2013

If you are in IT and deploying Office 2013 you are likely woried about security and in particular, you might want to disable the APPS FOR OFFICE feature.  You can disable AfO in three ways: REGISTRY: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\WEF\trustedcatalogs!disableallcatalogs . GROUP POLICY: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Security Settings\Trust Center\Trusted Catalogs . OFFICE CUSTOMIZATION TOOL (OCT): Microsoft Office 2013 > Security Settings > Trust Center > Trusted Catalogs Share This With Your Friends Now:

SOLVED: How to Disable Inline Composing of Email in Outlook 2013

Outlook 2013 does not “pop out” a new window when composing a new email message… and that is annoying.  There are two ready ways to fix this.  Either through the GUI or through the Office Customization Tool (for those of you with corporate licenses. Something important to note is that Microsoft does NOT have its verbage down for this function.  Depending upon where you are looking for it, you might see it called: Pop Out…

SOLVED: Error 0x80072EFE Cannot activate Windows or Office

If you can not activate your Microsoft Office, try disabling your AntiVirus. In my case I received 0x80072EFE when trying to activate Office 2013 using an MAK (Multiple Activation Key) and I had to disable Kaspersky 8 End Point Security with patches A, B, C, D and PF80). We have a call into Kaspersky and I will update this with there response in the coming days.   FYI, I got the idea to dump Kaspersky from…