GMAIL in Outlook 2016

To allow Outlook 2016 to connect to Googlemail you must enable ALLOW LESS SECURE APPS in the security and settings part of the gmail account (as below).

GMAILsec

  • Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server - Requires SSL
    • imap.gmail.com
    • Port: 993
    • Requires SSL:Yes
  • Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - Requires TLS
    • smtp.gmail.com
    • Port: 465 or 587
    • Requires SSL: Yes
    • Requires authentication: Yes
    • Use same settings as incoming mail server
  • Full Name or Display Name: [your name]
  • Account Name or User Name: your full Gmail address (username@gmail.com). Google Apps users, please enter username@your_domain.com
  • Email address: your full Gmail address (username@gmail.com) Google Apps users, please enter username@your_domain.com
  • Password: your Gmail password

 

Windows 10 Shortcut Keys

Winkey 10 keyboard shortcut

Description

Winkey + Tab

Activates Task View

Winkey + A

Activates Action Center

Winkey + C

Activates Cortana (with speech)

Winkey + D

Shows desktop

Winkey + E

Opens File Explorer

Winkey + G

Activates the new Xbox Game car to let you record games or take screenshots.

Winkey + H

Activates share feature in Windows 10 apps

Winkey + I

Opens Windows 10 settings

Winkey + K

Activates Connect feature to stream to wireless displays and audio devices

Winkey + L

Locks a machine

Winkey + P

Project a screen

Winkey + R

Run a command

Winkey + S

Activates Cortana

Winkey + X

Opens power user features

Winkey + Left / Right / Up / Down

Snaps apps to the side of a screen

Winkey + Ctrl + D

Creates a new virtual desktop

Winkey + Ctrl + F4

Close virtual desktop

Winkey + Ctrl + Left or Right

Switch between virtual desktops

Winkey + Shift + Left or Right

Move apps from one monitor to another

Winkey + 1 / 2 / 3...

Open programs that are pinned on the taskbar. The first app is number one.

Resolve Umbraco issue with adding links and HTML editor in Internet Explorer (IE)

The following shows how to resolve issues in Umbraco where the HTML viewer/editor and other features such as Insert Link editor do not work in later versions of Internet Explorer. The changes below force the editor into compatibility mode but leave the rest of the site functioning normally. These changes are an alternative to upgrading the site to the latest version of Umbraco:

Add the following immediately after the opening HEAD tag:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" />

Into the following 2 files:

\umbraco\plugins\tinymce3\insertLink.aspx

\umbraco\umbraco.aspx


Delete all files in the following folder:

\App_Data\TEMP\ClientDependency

Increment the client dependency  version by one <clientDependency version="X"> in the following file:

\config\ClientDependency.config


Close Internet Explorer and then re-open, you should now be able to open the HTML editor and also insert links.

Sent Items to Shared Mailbox

Would you rather store your emailo replies in the mailbox the original message came into? This is how you do it. Bear in mind this is specific to the users and PC you actiavate it on.

 

Open the registry editor and browse to (version depends on Office version):

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Preferences

DWORD: DelegateSentItemsStyle

Data Value: 1

This will force the replies you send to be put in the sent items of the mailbox you are replying from.

SharePoint 2013 Naming Restrictions

SharePoint has several naming restrictions which are necessary because it is web based. This list will help you ensure you don't fall foul of the restrictions when moving your data to the server, whether on premise or in the Office 365 cloud.

Site names, subsite names, or site group names

  • You cannot use the following characters anywhere in a site name, in a subsite name, or in a site or Active Directory group name:
    • Tilde (~)
    • Number sign (#)
    • Percent (%)
    • Ampersand (&)
    • Asterisk (*)
    • Braces ({ })
    • Backslash (\)
    • Colon (:)
    • Angle brackets (< >)
    • Question mark (?)
    • Slash (/)
    • Plus sign (+)
    • Pipe (|)
    • Quotation mark (")
  • You cannot start a site name, a subsite name, or a site group name with an underscore (_) character or with the period (.) character.
  • When you create a site name, a subsite name, or a site group name, you cannot use strings that were already used to name managed paths.
  • You cannot use the period character consecutively in the middle of a site name, a subsite name, or a site group name.
  • You cannot use the period character at the end of a site name, a subsite name, or a site group name.

Folder names

  • You cannot use the following characters anywhere in a folder name or a server name:
    • Tilde
    • Number sign
    • Percent
    • Ampersand
    • Asterisk
    • Braces
    • Backslash
    • Colon
    • Angle brackets
    • Question mark
    • Slash
    • Pipe
    • Quotation mark
  • You cannot use the period character consecutively in the middle of a folder name.
  • You cannot use the period character at the end of a folder name.
  • You cannot start a folder name with a period character.
  • If you use an underscore character (_) at the beginning of a folder name, the folder will be a hidden folder.

File names

  • You cannot use the following characters anywhere in a file name:
    • Tilde
    • Number sign
    • Percent
    • Ampersand
    • Asterisk
    • Braces
    • Backslash
    • Colon
    • Angle brackets
    • Question mark
    • Slash
    • Pipe
    • Quotation mark
  • You cannot use the period character consecutively in the middle of a file name.
  • You cannot use the period character at the end of a file name.
  • You cannot start a file name by using the period character.
  • If you use an underscore character (_) at the beginning of a file name, the file will be a hidden file.
  • In addition, file names and folder names may not end with any of the following strings:
    • .files
    • _files
    • -Dateien
    • _fichiers
    • _bestanden
    • _file
    • _archivos
    • -filer
    • _tiedostot
    • _pliki
    • _soubory
    • _elemei
    • _ficheiros
    • _arquivos
    • _dosyalar
    • _datoteke
    • _fitxers
    • _failid
    • _fails
    • _bylos
    • _fajlovi
    • _fitxategiak



Office 365 Disclaimer

Do you need to add a disclaimer for your Office 365 email?

Here is an example you can use yourself. It will add the following message at the foot of all
messages leaving your organisation.

Disclaimer


First, you need to login to your Office 365 portal using an account with administrative
permissions.

Then click on:

Admin-->Exchange

From the menu on the
left, navigate to 'mail flow'

The default section
here is 'rules' which is the highlighted option at the top of the page.

Using
the '
+' link, choose the option to 'Apply disclaimers'

Name the disclaimer

In 'Apply this rule if…' drop list,
select 'The recipient is located…' and choose
'Outside the organisation'

*Do the following
'Append the disclaimer shows below, now select the 'Enter text..' link

The box which
appears can accept either plain or HTML formatted text. To replicate the one
above, paste the following:

<span style="color: #009933; font-family: webdings; font-size: 18pt;">P</span><b><span style='color: #009933; font-family: "arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'></span></b><b><i><span style='color: #009933;font-family: "arial","sans-serif"; font-size:7.5pt;'>Please consider the environment. Do you really need to print this
email?<br /></span></i></b>

Then select the
fallback action of 'Ignore'

Now save your disclaimer.

Any message leaving your organisation will now display the message at the end.

 

Mailbox size increase

Microsoft increase mailbox sizes on Office 365

As if the 25GB mailbox wasn't large enough on Office 365, Microsoft have announced that it is to be increased to 50GB per user retrospectively.

MailboxSizeIncrease

This chart shows the sizes for each plan.

If you don't have the new limit yet, don't worry as it will be rolled out automatically.

Migrate Team Foundation Server

You would have thought that taking a TFS (Team Foundation Server) database from one server on the domain to another server on the domain was an easy task wouldn't you? Well, not for me it wasn't!

We have TFS 2010 installed on a virtual server in the office and want to move it to another server in the cloud (but still part of our domain). To prepare for the migration, I installed the same version of TFS and SQL onto the new server, using the same domain account as on the source server. I then used the TFS Backup tool to backup the data and copied it to the new server. Using the backup tool once again, I tried to restore it to the new server.

1st problem:
The restore didn't like the fact that there were already databases mounted on the server - these had been created by the install. I detached all databases and restarted the restore.

2nd problem:
Once the restore had completed, the Administration Console couldn't find the SQL serer databases at all. I eventually found the reason was that the name of the configuration fdatabase on the servers was not the same. I have no explanation for this difference, but the source server database was called Tfs_TeamFoundationServerConfiguration and the new server was Tfs_Configuration. The simplest solution here was to edit the 'config.xml' file being used by the Admin Console. This file is located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010\Application Tier\Web Services. The file contains the path to the SQL database and the name of the table. I changed this to the table name in the restored data.

3rd problem:
Even though I could now see the configuration in the console app, the web interface to TFS would not allow me to access the projects in the database, so I would assume the clients using VS2010 wouldn't either. Once again I delved into the 'web.config' file. When comparing this file from the source server, I found there is an App Setting called 'applicationId' which was different. I changed the one on the new server to match that on the source, and performed an IIS Reset.

All done.
  

 

Windows 8 Start Menu

Are you missing your old start menu now you have Windows 8. Thankfully, so have many others so you do have options to bring it back.

You could download one of the following add-on programs to put it back where it used to be, on the desktop. If you are running mainly desktop applications, then this could be the way to go.

 StartMenu

Have a look and see if you can find one you like.

Microsoft Surface RT

The Microsoft Surface RT is a new hardware device from the well known software company. It is a tablet which run a new version of Windows designed for the ARM processor. Other versions of Windows run on Intel and AMD processors which are great for performance, but suffer with battery life. This is where the ARM processor scores well.Surface RT

I haev a Surface RT myself and can confirm that it can be used for 8 to 10 hours at a stretch and will maintain itself on standby for a few days. It has an advantage over other tablets in that there is an optional clip on keyboard and kickstand which allow it to be used like a tranditional laptop, as well as being a tablet a little larger than an iPad. It even has Office 2013 Home edition (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) pre-installed.

Unlike most other tablets, it even has a USB port which can be used with external storage and printers as well as an HDMI port to connect to your monitor/TV.

It makes for very good value at around £490 all in.

 

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