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The other day one of my colleagues asked me how he can have emails from a distribution list sent to him, go automatically to certain people even when he hasn’t downloaded the emails in his MS Outlook client. A server-side rule can be set up by the individual in their own MS Outlook client itself. Here are the steps I gave him. Launch Microsoft Office Outlook, Select “Tools” Menu Select “Rules & Alerts” Option Press “New Rule” Button Select “Start from a Blank Rule” -> “Check Messages when they arrive” Check “Sent to People or Distribution List”. Then at the…

The other day I wanted to password protect for privacy a word document before emailing it. I came across 3 different features in Word that are related to security and it was confusing at first. It took me sometime and few web searches to figure it out. Though the features can be accessed from the Ribbon they are spread over different places. It is much easier to access them from one place – which is the Office Button on the Left Hand Top corner, then selecting the “Prepare” option as shown below. 1. Digital Signature: This requires you buying a…

In the last two to three quarters we are seeing a huge surge in SharePoint projects and as a result the demand of SharePoint developers is sky rocketing. Initially we were thinking this to be a local (India) phenomena but when I talk to many of my contacts in the industry worldwide and check out articles in the Internet, it turns out to be a worldwide phenomena. Below are some random resources on SharePoint that might be useful for developers: A site from Microsoft with lots of material for .NET Developers looking at Sharepoint – MS SharePoint Developer New release…

Though it has been hotly debated for last several months, I have kept away from writing on the Office Open XML (OOXML) proposed by Microsoft and currently a ECMA standard. With the ISO voting due today I thought let me write my views before the results. Basically what OOXML means is a standardized file format based in XML for Word, Excel & PowerPoint documents. You have convertors to convert from OOXML to MS Office native formats or to ODF (ISO standard supported by Open Office & Open source). Accepting OOXML as an ISO standard increases the openness of your documents,…

This is a simple tip for MS Excel 2007. When using Outlook 2007/Word 2007 and working on a Table we get the “Design” menu which is very handy to make our tables look beautiful. When working with MS Excel 2007 I couldn’t find this feature (Design Menu for Table) until yesterday. It suddenly struck me that in Excel though everything appears to a “Table”, they are not and we need to explicitly create a “Table”. That’s it, feature found! Steps to follow: Just select the cells you are interested in, choose the “Table” menu option from the “Insert” Ribbon bar.…