Tag Archives: Microsoft Outlook How To

How to enable disabled Outlook Addins the easy way

This post outlines the process of enabling disabled Outlook Addins using Outlook Disabled Items applet.

Not long ago I posted the article “Outlook 2003 Out of Office Assistant Error: The command is not available. See the program documentation about how to use this extension” which discussed how to enable the disabled Outlook Addin (in this case the Out of Office addin) via the Registry.

Basically it was a matter of launching the Registry Editor (regedit) and crawling to find the entry to delete.

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Quickly find user availability using Outlook Free-Busy to set up an appointment

This posts outlines how to quickly identify (a business) user’s availability (free-time) in order to set up a meeting or appointment in Outlook using the Free-Busy information.

The Outlook Free-Busy Information is published information about a users’ availability based on the users’ schedule. This Free-Busy information is made available to Outlook by Microsoft Exchange.

Free-Busy information is very important to Outlook because it needs to know when you are free and when you’re not available so you and other users in the business can invite you to meetings and appointments.

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Use Outlook Activities to keep track of contact communications

Note: Outlook Activities only available for Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 but not for Outlook Express.

Ever wonder if you sent that all important email to a client but couldn’t remember exactly when you sent it. The natural action would be to fire up a search in Outlook, wait for the search to return the results and then analyse search results.

There is much quicker method to track your communications with your clients using Outlook Activities.

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How to set Outlook to auto resolve from the GAL before the Outlook Address Book

Set Outlook Address Book order when used in a Microsoft Exchange environment

Before posting How to force Outlook to auto resolve a name from the GAL I should’ve covered how to set the address book order Outlook looks at when auto resolving a name entered in the To: field.

Outlook can auto resolve a name in the To: field using the following address books:

  1. Global Address List (GAL) – when Outlook is used in a Microsoft Exchange environment
  2. Outlook Address Book

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