Outlook 2016 doesn’t fully synchronize your Exchange mailbox

Recently I reinstalled Windows 10 on my computer and on top of Windows, I installed Microsoft Office 2016.

When I setup my email on Outlook 2016, I noticed that only part of my emails which is on my Exchange mailbox had synchronized with my Outlook. This was not the case before where all my mails use to synch and due to this the search operations especially on older emails were a bit slow.

After some research I found out its due to the fact that Outlook has a behavior where it limits the emails to be synched considering the hard disk space when you are setting up a cached Exchange mode mailbox.

In order to increase this;

Open Outlook => File => drop down Account settings => select Account settings => Under email select the email account and click on change.


Move the slider according to the timeline you require and click next and finish.


Once done, your emails will start to synch and download.

Missing attachment warning in Outlook 2013

I am a heavy user of Outlook like most of you’ll out there. If I am guilty of something for not missing out multiple times, it definitely would be forgetting to attach a file in an email. I am sure that most of you’ll also would be guilty of this and the worst part is when your boss send’s a reply reminding about the missing attachment.

With Outlook 2013, you will never face this situation again, how awesome is that.

Outlook 2013 has a mechanism to go through the subject of the mail and the text in the body of the email to check for key words such as “Attached”, “Attachment”, “Attaching”, “Enclosed”, “Here is” etc. if it recognizes of these terms or similar terms like this and when you click send if the attachment if missing, Outlook 2013 will display a message box as below.



Installing Microsoft Office 2013 Preview

The following are the steps to Install Microsoft Office 2013 preview

before installation you will need

  • Windows live ID
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8

Visit http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en

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Click Sign Up

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Click on Try Now

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Click Get Started

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Click Continue

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Processing Setting Up Account

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Click on install and the web installer will be downloaded (by default the 32bit version will be downloaded, if you need the x64 bit then close the prompted screen

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Click on the Language and Install options to select the x64bit and download the web installer and execute. It will grab the details from your Live ID

Select your style and click next

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Information on SkyDrive, click next

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While things are getting ready at the background, you can either take a tour to look at the new stuff or click no thanks to proceed with the installation

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Installation has started

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Upon finishing the installation, I opened up my Outlook and it was mind blowing

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Microsoft Office 2013 Preview or office 15 preview

A new Office has arrived! the customer preview of the next Microsoft Office (office 2013) has been released. It’s free to try,

visit http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en to explore the new Office.


  1. It is possible to install both office 2010 and office 2013 preview on the same machine
  2. if you are planning to install Office 2010 and Office 2013 preview on the same machine, you have to make sure that both are on the same version of either 32 bit or 64 bit. The installation will fail if it’s in a mixed environment
  3. By default the installation is web based (as of now)
  4. By default it will start installing the 32 bit and to change it to x64 bit, click on the Language and install options under the “Office 365 home Premium Preview Install Information page”
  5. You will need a Live ID to proceed with the installation.

Ok folks.. Enjoy using the new version of Office and stay tuned for more posts

Format Painter in Microsoft Office

This is one of those features within the Microsoft Office family that I use a lot.

Scenario: If you have formatted a Letter, Word, Sentence or a Paragraph with lots of different formatting types like, change of fonts, colors, bold, italics, underline, alignment, etc. which needs a lot of clicks  and if you want to apply the same formatting to another letter, word, sentence or paragraph in the same document, you do not have to redo everything again.

Simply, select part of the text from which you want to copy the formatting from and click on the “Format Painter” button within the clipboard group under the Home tab. Select the destination text and the formatting will be applied.


If you need to apply the formatting on to no consecutive, multiple places in the same document, double click on the Format Painter button and you can apply any where in the document.

Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1

At TechED Atlanta, Microsoft has announced that the release of Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 will be end of June 2011.

The following are some of the highlights the Service Pack will deliver

  • Outlook fixes an issue where “Snooze Time” would not reset between appointments.
  • The default behavior for PowerPoint "Use Presenter View" option changed to display the slide show on the secondary monitor.
  • Integrated community content in the Access Application Part Gallery.
  • Better alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support.
  • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server
  • The Word Web Application extends printing support to “Edit Mode.”
  • Project Professional now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists.
  • Internet Explorer 9 “Native” support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint
  • Office Web Applications Support for Chrome
  • Inserting Charts into Excel Workbooks using Excel Web Application
  • Support for searching PPSX files in Search Server
  • Visio Fixes scaling issues and arrowhead rendering errors with SVG export
  • Proofing Tools improve spelling suggestions in Canadian English, French, Swedish and European Portuguese.
  • Outlook Web Application Attachment Preview (with Exchange Online only)
  • Office client suites using “Add Remove Programs” Control Panel, building on our work from Office 2007 SP2

A more detailed list will be available once its released.

Information on SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1

More information can be found here

Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta

Have you downloaded the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP Beta yet?

The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates.

The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta will help you:

o Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date

o Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform

o Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time

o Meet your users’ demands for greater business mobility

o Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations

o Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency

The public beta is best suited for IT pros, tech enthusiasts and developers who need to test the service pack in their organization or with the software they are developing.

In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed. The Beta is available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

To learn more about piloting, deploying and managing Windows 7, visit the Springboard Series on TechNet.

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook

With the release of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft introduced a vast amount of new features. One of the Office product component which has a significant change from the previous versions was Outlook. Outlook has a new interface with ribbons coming in. Another notable feature which interests me is the Outlook Social Connectors. With the boom of  social networks Microsoft came up with this connector called Outlook Social Connector (OSC) which is a add-in to Outlook 2010 and which helps to display information such as friends, profiles, activities, and status information from your social networks. Currently the OSC is available for LinkedIn, Microsoft Live Messenger, SharePoint My Site and now Facebook Smile

How do you get this? Install Outlook 2010 and download the OSC by clicking here. The installation of this OSC is very straight forward and anyone can do it in a few clicks.


Microsoft Office Web Apps

Microsoft Office Web Apps are convenient online companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that give you the freedom to work with your Office documents from virtually anywhere with a supported browser.

And most importantly this is FREEE Smile!! It’s a light version of Office offered free of charge by Microsoft over the internet. If you have access to Windows Live Skydrive which gives 25GB of storage then you will be able to create Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents. 

You can access Web Apps through http://office.live.com by providing a Windows Live ID you will gain access.

The documents that you create will be stored in your Skydrive through which you will be able to manage it and share it with your contacts.