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Running multiple Messenger logins on the same machine

Thanks be to A-Patch! The awesomeness that is A-Patch is now out with a version for Windows Live Messenger 9 (the Wave 3 RC version released last week). It’s actually a cut down list of options this time, in order to get it out quickly. But I’m not complaining. I’m really happy. Here’s why: As well as the usual option for getting rid of the advertisements, it also enables Multi-MSN.  This...

TIP: Outlook keyboard shortcut to switch between email, calendar, etc

I can’t believe I didn’t know this – you can easily switch between the different functions in Outlook (Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, etc) using Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, Ctrl+3, etc. Yet another reason why you should be reading the Outlook Team Blog. See their other keyboard shortcuts here. Here’s the full list: Mail Ctrl + 1 Calendar Ctrl + 2 Contacts Ctrl + 3 Tasks Ctrl + 4 Notes Ctrl + 5 Folder list...

That useless Windows Shutdown dialog

Rick Strahl explains how to get rid of the Windows Server Shutdown Event Tracker dialog – you know, the annoying one that asks you to put in a reason every time you reboot. I have to admit I had no idea you could even get rid of it (but then again I never looked). One of the comments on the post gives a good case for why you’d want to leave it on, but for most of us (especially home users) I’m...

TIP: Mouse issues running Windows 2008 under Virtual PC 2007

This is exactly the same issue I mentioned in my VPC: Mouse issues running W2K3 under Virtual PC 2007 almost a year ago. But this time it’s with Windows 2008. Solution: Set Hardware Acceleration to Full Problem: My mouse movement was really sluggish in a VPC running Windows 2008 (and 2003, but other OSes are fine) Acknowledgement: Thanks to Paul Adare on the Microsoft Newsgroup for...

TIP: Introducing people who already know each other

No doubt you’ve done this at some point: You’re at an event or user group and find yourself chatting with someone new. A friend of yours strolls over and joins the conversation. Being the polite person you are you introduce your friend to the new person. They reply with ‘oh yes, we already know each other – Bob here is my brother…’ Easy to feel embarrassed...

TIP: SQL Server 2008 – changing default ‘Edit Top 200 rows’

Brad Marsh alerts us to this handy option in SQL Server 2008 – how to change the default result set sizes. They default to 200 for Edit and 1000 for Select, but can be increased to… everything if desired. Proceed with caution though – there’s a reason Microsoft put these new limits in.
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TIP: Hiding the Office 2007 Ribbon

A simple one. Sorry if you all know this already – but I keep coming across people who’ve missed it – so please read on. You can easily hide the ribbon in any of the Office 2007 programs simply by double clicking on the tabs. Thus becomes with just a double-click on the Home tab (or any tab). Oh, and I assume you know you can customise the Quick Access toolbar easily enough: As...

TIP: Dates in Outlook

I don’t know if you read the Outlook Team Blog, but if not I recommend it – there’s stacks of goodies over there. Take this one for example, on entering dates in Outlook. I didn’t realise you could enter a date as easily as ‘next tue’ and Outlook would work it out for you automatically: Gets converted to As Kristel explains, there’s a bunch of terms that...

TIP: Fixing IE so it doesn’t go mental with lots of tabs open

This one has bugged me for ages – you open up stacks of tabs in IE and after a while weird things start happening. Perhaps its the menu not appearing on some tabs, another tab has missing toolbars, etc. And it affects other programs as well including File Explorer, shortcuts, and in my case SharePoint Designer (and even Live Writer – with which I am currently writing this post). Well...

TIP: Repairing Outlook .ost and .pst files

I’ve had issues recently with Outlook crashing when I shut it down. Initially I thought this was due to a rogue Outlook Addin (eg I’ve got Xobni, ClearContext, OutTwit and others installed). So I went through systematically getting rid of them. Put the problem persisted. Finally I found the issue was to do with the actual .ost file being corrupted. The way I discovered this was by...

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