SOLVED: Folders and Invalid Files Can’t Be Dragged To Upload on OneDrive

If you have ever used OneDrive or OneDrive for Business, you most likely have tried to move a folder in and been promoted with “Folders and Invalid Files Can’t Be Dragged To Upload” which just makes no sense at all for a product that has been around this many years.  Regardless, that is the case. Fortunately there is a VERY easy way around this insane limitation: Click the COG icon near the top right corner…

SOLVED: How to Add Contacts Into Office 365 Mail

I recently had a friend ask how to add a contact into Office 365 web mail so I thought it was worth documenting in case someone else is also stuck. The easiest way to add contacts to your Office 365 mail is to connect it to Outlook and add the contact in the traditional way.  However, if you are only using The Outlook Web App, then a little more explanation is required: Click the 9…

SOLVED: How to Disable Password Expiry and Password Complexity Rules in Office 365

If you want to stop Office 365 passwords from expiring and / or you want to eliminate the password complexity requirements you must use PowerShell as these changes are not permitted through the Office 365 admin pages Download the Office 365 Online Services Module  32bit or 64bit  and install it Start the module (click the START BUTTON and type MODULE… you’ll see it!) and be sure to right click and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR Connect to…

SOLVED: How to Read Other Staffs Email Using Office365 Hosted Exchange

If you are the manager of a company, you may have a time when you need to review what your staff are doing.  If you are using Hosted Exchange and you are an administrator the process to give yourself permission to read (or move or delete…) your subordinates email is actually pretty easy: First you need to give yourself FULL ACCESS PERMISSION: login to the Exchange Control Panel at https://pod51035.outlook.com/ecp/  (if this does not work…

SOLVED: Can Exchange Online Be Used As a High Availabilty Fail Over to Your On Premise Exchange Server

In a word, no.  I have spent several days trying to find a clear answer the to this question in white papers, blogs and even MS Partner Support. I think Microsoft will offer this service in the not so distant future because it just makes sense to.  Using the Office 365 Feedback link (below) I posted the following question (which I may never receive a response to).  If you want to use Exchange Online as a fail over…

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 Set Word / Excel 2013 To Open Directly To A New Blank Page / Sheet

If you are annoyed by the initial page in Word / Excel / PowerPoint / Publishers 2013 that provides links to you most recent 20 documents and displays a page of templates to work from, you will be pleased to find it is easy to fix. If you want to Excel to launch to a new worksheet or Word or open to a blank page in Office 2013, just: Click FILE > OPTIONS Click the  GENERAL menu…

SOLVED: Want to Use Your Windows 8 RT Tablet in Your Office… Think Again

I was checking some licensing and was blown away to find: Can I use Office Home & Student 2013 RT for work or business? As sold, Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview and the final edition are not designed for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities. However, organizations who purchase commercial use rights or have a commercial license to Office 2013 suites can use Office Home & Student 2013 RT for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating…

Get a Genuinely FREE Microsoft Office 365 Trial

We offer completely free 30 day trials (truly no strings attached) for these services to anyone who asks: For the $4 Exchange email or the $2 per month Web Mail only, please contact us directly to send you an invitation. For the $6 Exchange email and Lync (instant messaging, video conferencing and presence) click HERE . For the Full $24 Suite click HERE. In case you are not aware, below are the basics of Office…

SOLVED: How to Detect Phishing Spam in Your Email

Well, ‘solved’ is a bit misleading as these sorts of problems are unlikely to ever by truly resolved and while some of it just offensive, some of it is actually dangerous.  Worse, these are getting very hard to spot.  The old rules of looking for poor grammar or other obvious mistakes like malformed graphics apply less and less as spammers get more sophisticated. However there is still a ready way to detect many of these…

SOLVED: How To Disable Office 365 Password Policies – Complexity Requirements & Password Expiry

UPDATE: August 5, 2014  See our updated explanation and screen shots: www.urtech.ca/2014/08/solved-how-to-disable-password-expiry-and-password-complexity-rules-in-office-365/   To disable Office 365’s Password complexity requirements and to stop your passwords from expiring every 90 days is not difficult, but must be done through command line as Microsoft has not allowed these settings to be customized through the Office 365 web interface: Download the Office 365 Online Services Module: 32bit or 64bit and install it Start the module (click the START BUTTON and type…

Microsoft Relaunches HotMail/Live Mail as Outlook

The new OUTLOOK.COM looks very similar to Windows Mail in Windows 8 (and to a lesser degree Outlook 2013) with an ultra clean “metro” layout.  Microsoft said the new web interface has 60% fewer pixels that Hotmail and as you can see in plain screen shot below, I don’t think they are miscalculating. Outlook.com also provides free WebApps, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote as well as SkyDrive (for cloud storage). This ‘new’ service is supposed to add and…

SOLVED: Where is Office 2013 / 15 Preview – Public Beta

I spent the last 30 minutes trying to locate the damn thing!  Very frustrating.  It is NOT on connect.microsoft.com microsoft.com/office microsoft.com/office2013 microsoft.com/office15 … From what  can tell so far there are only two options for the beta: www.office.com/preview which requires that you sign up for a free Office 365 account and gives you a copy of Office Home Premium 2013.   I already use Office 365 so this was no big deal, but I want a .ISO…