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What's the best use of Outlook

Most of our questions are fairly repetitive, and typically NOT interesting, but there is one memorable question that many experts commented on. searcherguy wanted to know "best uses" of Outlook's productivity tools. The answers produced quite a collection, and really summarizes the extreme dedication and enthusiasm that our experts provide.

Points: 500 Jan 11, 2004 01:34PM PST

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Still open: Delete All Items in Outlooks/MSN Calendar

"I have a user who is using the Outlook Connector for MSN and he would like to sync all of his calendar options with his PDA... is there any way we can delete all items out of the MSN calendar, either through Outlook or logging onto MSN so I can resync the phone..."

Points: 500 Oct 29, 2004 04:44PM PDT

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Still open: Outlook 2003 not sending recipient details

"A while ago I was trialing an Outlook plug-in that synchronised my contacts and diary with an online service... After the removal things seemed OK until this morning, when I found that every mail I sent refused to go... "

Points: 500 Oct 28, 2004 07:30AM PDT

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Still open: Outlook 2003 receives same messages

"About 10 days ago, Outlook got 6 messages from the same sender. Every time Outlook does a send receive, the same messages with same content and timestamp re-appear in the inbox..."

Points: 500 Oct 23, 2004 07:21AM PDT

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Featured Experts

From kfallandays: "Sunray, who has only been with us for a little more than a year, has single handedly answered more than 80% of the Outlook questions, and quickly risen to the #1 Expert in our TA." A native of India, he currently lives in Tennessee, and just received his Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and uses his experience at EE as part of his job search. He says, "I am proud that I have accomplished something here in EE and glad that I could help."

Registration Date: June 19, 2003

Expert Points: 3736127

Certificates: Sage, Windows XP, Microsoft Outlook; Guru, Applications; Master, Viruses, Web Development, Hardware, Windows 98, Security, Networking, Microsoft Office, Email General, Windows Security, Miscellaneous, Browser Issues, Operating Systems, Windows 2000


kfalandays is the Page Editor for the MS Outlook TA. Although she insists that "there is no such thing as an expert...", she's an example of the best of EE: unfailingly helpful, and always willing to bring in other Experts if something stumps her -- which doesn't happen very often. She been an applications trainer and developer since 1981, and started her career as an elementary teacher with a strong distaste and fear of computers. Her first computer was a DEC Rainbow, which cost over $6000, and she has used Visicalc, Wordstar and dBase. She also says, "Before MS Office, Framework and Symphony, Enable (by the Software Group) was my favorite office suite back in the 80's."

Registration Date: February 23, 2003

Expert Points: 186476

Certificates: Master, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Access

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Nata's Corner: Emailing without annoying people

woman in specticals Everyone gets forwards, right? Those cute jokes that you have to believe no one has ever heard, or the offers you're certain that all your friends will want to see -- you know what I mean. And a lot of the time, you'll see a gazillion names and email addresses of people you don't know -- and yours will be in there, which means all of those people now have your email address, too.

First things first. If you really MUST forward something you got from your cousin Tom (who never writes to you except to forward something), highlight all of the non-essential stuff and use your friend, the Delete key, to get rid of it.

Some email programs send your forward as an attachment, and there aren't very many things that are more annoying than getting an attached email, which has an attached email, which has an attached email -- you get the picture. When you finally get to the actual message, create a new email, then copy and paste the original to that, and then send that one out.

But perhaps the best thing you can do for everyone concerned is to just decline to forward them at all. Instead, write a nice little note to the sender asking that they stop sending it. You'll still get a lot of junk but at least it won't be coming from them.

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ameba, one of EE's prominent Experts, provides us with a list of newly earned Certificates. His list of all of the Certified Experts is located at his site. The list below covers the period from October 17 through October 31.
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Expert Certified in Topic Area
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1047 experts have 1589 certifications: Genius:20 Sage:66 Wizard:105 Guru:291 Master:1107
Tip for New Members: Don't post your email address

The Membership Agreement at Experts Exchange says that you must have a valid email address in order to participate at EE, but in the Help Section, you are cautioned about posting your email address in questions.

But you're allowed to post it in your profile -- so what's the big deal? Well, over time, EE's Moderators have determined that for the most part, your profile is sacrosanct; they will only edit a profile if it causes an undue load on the servers, or if it flames someone outrageously, or something like that.

There are two reasons why you shouldn't post it in a question. First, the various spiders can harvest your email address, making you subject to all kinds of offers for products and services that you might not be interested in. Yes, your profile can be seen by those spiders too, but if you want to post your email address in your profile, that's your business and not the Moderators'.

Second, using email to solve a problem outside of a question means that no points can be awarded. The Moderators will forfeit any points offered, so the Expert will receive nothing for his effort. The thinking is that using email deprives other members of the opportunity to help answer the question.

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