Set Up Multi-factor Authentication in Office 365

Friday, December 2, 2016 4:00:47 PM America/Los_Angeles

Once your admin has enabled multi-factor auth, the user controls the setup process.

Launch any of the Office 365 services you use then begin signing in. Office 365 will notify you 2FA is now enabled on your account and you should proceed to set it up before continuing. For the purposes of this article, I am going to use the SharePoint app for iOS.

Choose the appropriate method of verification, whether by email or phone. I went with a text message. Tap Contact me then wait for the verification code to arrive.

Once you receive the verification code, enter it, tap Verify then tap Done to complete the process.

Note that some Office 365 desktop apps can't use a phone to secure your account. This includes Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Apple Mail. For apps like these, you will need to create an app password as a substitute for your work or mail account. Office 365 will give you a link to create your app password. Visit it before clicking Done.

And that's it. Once you set up 2FA on one Office 365 app, your device will be verified for all Office 365 apps, since they all use the same login credentials. With 2FA enabled, you'll receive an extra layer of protection from anyone trying to access your personal or work files or messages from an unauthorized device. If you're interested in more security options for your Microsoft services

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Outlook 2011 for the Mac bug indeed fixed

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:18:18 PM America/Los_Angeles

As was previously established, I became the reason the IT department sent out a company-wide email telling people not to upgrade to OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) when I discovered that a side effect of that upgrade was an inability to launch Outlook 2011 for the desktop.

I've been working in Outlook's web-based interface for a week now -- something that, ironically -- has forced me away from email as a primary workspace, and I'm not going to lie, as soon I saw that a fix for my bug was available, I saved all my work, closed down all my other apps and began the install process.

Getting the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.5.6 update was six minutes' work. Two to download, two to point-and-click on the download for installation, then another two minutes to restart my computer. I doubt the restart was necessary, but I like a good clean slate for testing software upgrades and fixed.

So does it work? I'm happy to report that I'm back in my desktop client for the first time in a week. I am back in the land of mostly-effortless email management.

Of course, the lesson I took away from this was to always back up the really important email in the cloud somewhere and somehow. So that's next on my to-do list once I get back down to Inbox Zero.

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Old Word, Excel, PDF, and images won't open up

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:30:11 PM America/Los_Angeles

I'm having an issue where I can't open up the older files from years ago on my computer. The Word (Microsoft office 2007), Excel, Powerpoint, and image files that I had on my computer for years will not open up. But anything that I created recently will open up. I can download a powerpoint file and it will open up, but the powerpoints I had from 2012 will not open up. For my word documents, I got the word632.wpc conversion error. I deleted the registry entry for it based on google advice. Word opens up but all the characters are in a weird format. PDF files give me an error message when trying to open it. For images, I can see the preview of the image in my pictures folder but when i click on it, it says no preview available.

You can download the portable version of LibreOffice. When you download the portable version and double click the exe file you can select a folder on the desktop to install to. Open LibreOffice Writer and select File > Open. Browse to your Work FIles. You can do the same for excel files using LibreOffice Calc. For the PDF files you can download the portable version of PDFXchange Viewer. Unzip to a folder and double click the exe file. Select FIle > Open and browse to your PDF file. If these fail then you files are possibly corrupted.

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Difference Between Office 2013 and Office 365

Monday, November 28, 2016 6:15:48 PM America/Los_Angeles

What are the differences ?

A guy said to me that if i buy Office 2013 is mine forever while Office 365 is a paid subscription but it has the advantage of having 20gb of Cloud Storage, Web Apps and alot of others things i dont even know about.

Microsoft Office 365 comes with 20GB skydrive and 60 Minutes Skype. Its true that it will only work for as long as your subscription but you do get the ability to swap which computers its licensed on and free upgrades. It also supports 5 PC's where as a standard licenses only allows for 1 installation.

Microsoft Office 2013 is deliberately priced higher than previous editions to encourage people to adopt 365. However if you only need 1 2013 license and will not bother upgrading to 2017 it will probably workout better value.

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How to create a user-mode process dump file

Sunday, November 27, 2016 6:33:57 PM America/Los_Angeles

To create a user-mode process dump file in Windows Vista, use one of the following methods.

Method: Use Task Manager

Windows Vista

To use Windows Task Manager to create a user-mode process dump file in Windows Vista, follow these steps:

Start Task Manager. To do this, use one of the following methods:

Right-click an empty area of the task bar, and then click Task Manager.


Click the Processes tab.

Right-click the name of the process that you want, and then click Create Dump File.

User Account Control permission If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click Continue.

A dump file for the process is created in the following folder:


When you receive a message that states that the dump file was successfully created, click OK.

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How to Change Windows 10 Default File Explorer View

Thursday, November 24, 2016 5:44:39 PM America/Los_Angeles

To change the view open File Explorer and go to View > Options and click “Change folder and search options”.

That will open Folder Options to the General tab. From there switch “Open File Explorer to” This PC and click OK and close out of File Explorer.

There you go! Now when you open File Explorer, you will get the traditional PC view that you’re used to.

How about you? Are you testing out Windows 10 Technical Preview and do you like the Quick Access view in File Explorer or are you going to switch it back? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.

Also, if you’re testing Windows 10 or just want to follow its development, join our Windows 10 Forum!

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Skype for iOS gets native Microsoft Office support

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 6:29:50 PM America/Los_Angeles

The update is more evidence of Microsoft attempting to unify its software applications, just like it's trying to do with the Windows 10 operating system. Last October, Microsoft added Skype integration into Microsoft Office products, allowing users to instant message, voice, or video call your contacts directly while working on a document. And group video calling is gradually rolling out for mobile versions of the Skype app.

With the latest update, when you're in Skype you can "receive, review, and respond" to documents on your smartphone or tablet.

The company also announced the ability to save Skype video messages to Photos, just by tapping and holding the message, allowing users to share them to loved ones or simply store it for safe-keeping.

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Adding an Extra Time Zone to Outlook 2016 Calendar

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 6:09:37 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you travel a lot, work with people from around the world, and you need to manage your time effectively, Outlook's built-in calendar is the perfect way to do it. For me, I came across a handy feature that lets you add extra time zones to the Outlook calendar. This is great when you travel across different time zones and need to track activities in various locations at the same time. In Windows, you can add a second clock to its Date and Time in the System Tray. If you would like to do that too, check out our article here.

And if you live in Outlook all day, here's a look at how to manage time zones better. Add Extra Time Zone Outlook 2016 Calendar

Launch Outlook 2016 and go to File > Options.

Then in Outlook Options, select Calendar from the list on the left.

Scroll down to Time Zones heading and check the box Show a second time zone and then select the time zone you want to add in the list box and click OK.

Now when you launch the Outlook 2016 calendar, you will see the additional clock now appears. You can go back to the Calendar options and swap them around if you want, too.

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How To Cancel Your Windows 10 Reservation

Monday, November 21, 2016 6:12:27 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you changed your mind and you no longer want to keep your Windows 10 upgrade reservation, you can cancel at any time, using the same Get Windows 10 app. To do that, launch the app and open its menu. Then, click or tap on the"View confirmation" link.

On the bottom left of the window you will see a link called Cancel reservation. Click or tap it.

The app will ask you to confirm that you want to cancel your Windows 10 reservation. If you are really sure this is what you want, click or tap the Cancel reservation button and you're done. Otherwise, choose to "Keep my reservation".

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How to Fix Gadgets not Displaying Correctly in Windows 7

Sunday, November 20, 2016 6:32:06 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you have gadgets that are displaying on your Windows 7 desktop improperly as black, white, blank, or just messed up, then this will show you how to fix them.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.

2. Click on Save (if prompted), and save the .bat file to your desktop.

3. Right click on the downloaded .bat file and click on Run as administrator.

4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

5. You will see a command prompt flash open and close as the .bat file runs.

6. When finished, restart the computer to apply.

7. Check to see if the gadgets on your desktop are displaying correctly now. If not, then try uninstalling and reinstalling any gadgets that are still not displaying properly, or do a System Restore using a restore point dated before the problem.


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Look For During Microsoft's Announcement Of Office 2013

Friday, November 18, 2016 5:38:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft is expected to announce the next version of Office, and it has already prepped a new "Office Next" blog in advance of the official details. Internally, the project has been known as Office 15, but unless Microsoft plans to disrupt its standard naming conventions (now, that would be news!), we're awaiting arrival of "Office 2013" today – a Windows 8-friendly version of the Office Suite.

The New UI And Touchscreen Features

While Microsoft surely doesn't want to give up on its more complex and detailed feature set, it has failed to achieve the simplicity of a more dumbed-down product. (Don't even get me started on the "Ribbon" interface. How does shoving all the features in your face all at once make Office easier to use?) So look for a new UI that ditches the Ribbon, and makes the new version of Office something that better fits in with the Windows 8 Metro UI instead.

While we already know that Microsoft is prepping a version of Office for ARM (with its dual traditional/Metro mode), we won't know until later on today whether or not the version designed for use on the x86 architecture will look the same, which features it will include, and which the web apps will include. (Here's a sneak peek, though).

Microsoft is also expected to talk a lot about its touch capabilities in Office. Look to see whether it has adopted the same familiar gestures and touchscreen interactions with which users are familiar, and how simple any new interactions would be to learn. When It's Coming

Reports that the new suite will be introduced as a "Consumer Preview" sometime this summer seem likely. In fact, there's a good chance that preview is coming sooner rather than later, as it turns out, since Microsoft already has an empty tag set up on its Office Next blog for "Office Consumer Preview" configured. If so, then a full rollout to the public release (RTM) should come just in time for Microsoft to sell the new Office on holiday PCs. Enterprise Offerings And Changes

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Product key of microsoft office 2013

Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:19:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

I buyed a new hp envy 15 joo48tx ultrabook.when i open microsoft office 2013 it asks for product can i know where can i get the product key or where is the product key written?

Most new notebooks come with a trial version of Microsoft office. It is not a free program.

You will have to purchase an activation key from the Microsoft store or another vendor to activate Microsoft Office 2013. If you purchased it when you bought your notebook from HP there should be documentation from your order that proves that to be the case. If you have the documentation that proves that to be the case, then contact HP.You also buy office 2013 key from

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Office 365 worth it over "standard license"?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:22:24 PM America/Los_Angeles

Been wondering whether it would be worth for me (although in future) to get 365 sub or just get a standard license? The sub seems quite expensive compared to the standard license to me? The sub ends up more expensive in like two years, while the usual license would probably last maaaaany years just fine. So what exactly is the benefit? Especially after recent news about giving all OneDrive users 15GB free, the OneDrive bonus storage isn't really a reason for me. I guess one reason could be to always get the freshest software with the 365 license, but I don't think we'll see a new Office iteration for a few years anyways.

The 365 subscription is pretty good. Ability to open docs online, use on any PC, up to 5 PCs and/or tablets, etc. I wouldn't buy the One PC option, because you can't even transfer it if your PC crashes, I'm pretty sure it is solely for the PC you install on and no others. $10/mo is spendy, and you will definitely pay more. I wouldn't join with someone that is not in the same household unless you are a minor in your parents house. That definitely is not okay with their TOS. Just try it, its free for 30 days i think.

Also it sounds like 1TB will be provided for office 365 skydrive accounts so you can back up anything and everything which makes it pretty worth it. I use openoffice on a PC that still has Vista, but I much prefer the MS experience but Office 365 doesn't support Vista.


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Two details about Windows 7

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:58:06 PM America/Los_Angeles

CNET has a very long interview with Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky, the guy in charge of the Windows 7 project.

Sinofsky dekes and jukes like the great Walter Payton to provide almost zero details about the next version of Windows, despite an almost 4000 word long article.

Here’s what we know, though.

1. Windows 7 will be available “about three years after the general availability of Windows Vista,” which means sometime around January of 2010.

The timing of it depends a lot on what we wanted to achieve, and you’ve certainly heard us, and we’ve been very clear, and will continue to say that the next release of Windows, Windows 7, is about three years after the general availability of Windows Vista, and we’re committed to that, and we’ve signed up publicly to do that.

2. Windows 7 will be available in 32- and 64-bit versions.

Finally, we are going to make sure that the release is available both in 32 bit and 64 bit, which is an additional help for maintaining compatibility, particularly with device drivers. As the 64-bit ecosystem catches up, we expect more and more people, particularly enthusiasts, to be running 64 bit.

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Office Trial Conversions are Explanation, Too

Monday, November 14, 2016 6:27:44 PM America/Los_Angeles

All this said, there is a corroborating influence for which I don't have data and Baker doesn't address in his blog post: Office 2010 also brings to market better digital purchasing options -- from preinstalled copies of the productivity suite and downloadable trials. That could impact early retail sales in three meaningful ways:

Consumers downloading the Office 2010 Trial version and directly digitally purchasing a license

Consumers buying new PCs with the trial version installed and directly digitally purchasing a license

In both cases, people running Office 2010 Trial and not yet making a purchase because the trial period hasn't expired

The latter scenario could convert to retail sales after the 60-day trial period ends. Something else: The majority of Office Trial users would have been within the 60 days during NPD's measurement of early sales. So there wouldn't yet be pressure to make a decision to buy or not.

I fully expect this early retail sales trend to persist until Microsoft and its partners offer back-to-school discounts for Office 2010 Home and Student -- and then drop back down and stay in the sales doldrums without any additional discounts. US consumers won't rush out to buy Office 2010 without discounts, I predict. They either don't need the productivity suite, think they don't need it, are satisfied with the Office version they already own or will choose to digitally purchase Office 2010 rather than go to stores.

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