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Outlook 2013 with Google ActiveSync

I am using the new Outlook 2013 beta, and I'm having problems connecting to the Google ActiveSync server. I can connect fine to the Hotmail server (m.hotmail.com), but when I use the Google server (m.google.com) Outlook returns "Server not found". This server address works fine when connecting via ActiveSync from my iPhone, is there something I am missing here? Thanks!


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Outlook calendar - see who has accepted a meeting without being the meeting organizer

In Outlook 2010 working against Exchange server, if I am the meeting organizer I have tracking options and at least one other way of seeing, if people have accepted or not.

However, when I am NOT the meeting organizer, I can't find any way to see, if other participants have accepted/rejected/etc.

Am I missing something, or is this by design?


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Undo send email in Outlook

Is there an equivalent of Undo Sent Gmail feature in Microsoft Outlook? I believe that once that feature is enabled in Gmail the sending of email is postponed by 5 to 30 seconds (depending on settings) so you have a chance to click on undo link.

Is there a similar feature available for Microsoft Outlook?

I am aware of Recall Email functionality but that is a completely different approach requiring that the recipient of the mail must be using an Exchange server e-mail.


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Outlook sometimes marks folder with one unread message

In an Outlook folder, sometimes even though I marked all messages as read, the folder list shows "1", as if there's an unread message.

Note: This is Outlook connected to a corporate Exchange server.


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How to make Outlook Calendar reminders stay on top in Windows 7

I'm just starting to use Windows 7 and I want to know how to make my Outlook reminders pop up and show themselves prominently. They keep opening discreetly, as just another window in the Outlook stack on the taskbar. As a result, I keep overlooking them because they pop up behind everything else.

How do I make them less easy to overlook?

(Clearly, one usually doesn't want obnoxious apps that push themselves to the forefront. But there are a few places where such behavior is desirable, and Outlook calendar reminders are one of them.)


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Make sent items show up in conversation view in Outlook 2010?

This one is pretty simple:

I am using Outlook 2010 in "Conversation View" which is great except for the fact that Sent Items do not show up in this view.

When using the beta version of Outlook 2010, my sent items did show up in this view. It required me to click on the "dropdown" arrow to the left of the conversation an extra time, but once I did, I could see my own sent email along with the rest of the messages in the conversation.

The retail version of Outlook 2010 is not doing this, and I have spent quite some time digging through all of the options and I haven't found any way to enable this.

I do know about the cheesy solutions such as setting up a rule to BCC yourself on all of your email so that it shows up in your inbox, but this is not what I would like to do; there is (or was, in the beta) a way to natively support this; I just need to figure out how.

I am on Exchange if that matters.


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Is there a Shortcut for "Mark all messages as read" in Outlook?

I am trying to find a shortcut for marking all messages (eMails) in a folder as read by using a keyboard shortcut, but had no luck in finding one so far.

I am using Microsoft Outlook 2010 and when I open the context menu (right click on the folder), it shows the "e" underlined in "Mark All as Read", which is in my opinion a sign for a shortcut.

Does anybody know the shortcut?


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How to disable "clutter" feature in office 365

I'm using office 365 for business. A couple of weeks ago I got an email introducing the new "clutter" feature with a "click here to configure" button saying that if I didn't do anything, the feature would not be enabled. I deleted the email and the new clutter folder thinking that was the end of the matter.

Yesterday I got another email, again introducing the clutter feature, this time telling me it was already enabled. Sure enough, the clutter folder had reappeared and some emails were in it. I followed the instructions to go to the options screen (https://outlook.office365.com/owa/#path=/options/clutter) to disable it, but found that the feature is already set to disabled.

Anyone know how I can actually turn it off?


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Outlook 2013 not showing emails older than aprox. 6months old in any folders

I migrated a VP of our company to Office 365 and now he's not seeing emails in folders that there should be. The problem seems to affect all folders but only emails after about 6-12 months old.

Other "clues" I've found are:

  • Emails can be seen from the Office 365 Outlook Web Access interface
  • The folders in Outlook will show the proper count of emails [75]
  • Outlook is pointed to an exchange server (Office 365)

I suspect it's some sort of "don't sync if older than X" type setting but I have no idea where that setting would be.


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How do I stop Outlook Out-Of-Office from replying to certain addresses?

When I am out of the office, if I turn Out-of-Office on, it auto-replies to the automated emails I get from our Bug Tracking system, which leads to our Bug Tracking system getting full of message about my holiday.

With Outlook Out-of-Office, how do I set it to not respond to certain 'From' addresses? I see its something to do with the optional Rules in the O-o-O dialog, but its not that clear how to stop it from replying using the rules.

I'm on Outlook 2003 and Exchange 2003 but advice for any version will probably be useful to people.


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Is there a wildcard for setting up an Outlook 2007 rule?

I would like to create a rule that moves anything with the words SUCCESS * BenchmarkResults, where the * indicates a wildcard to a specific folder. We have multiple systems that will be put in place of the *.

We have emails that will return WARNING * BenchmarkResults that I don't want the rule applied to.

I know I can create a separate rule for each of our systems, but I want this rule to be dynamic where I can add new benchmark emails without creating a new rule.


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How can I adjust start and end time for reoccuring meetings in Outlook?

I have a situation where I have a few reoccurring meetings in my Outlook calendar for which I want to change the start and end time for. I didn't create the meeting in the first place, and I don't want to change the time for other users that are invited to the meeting. I only want to move the start/end time on my calendar. I can do this easily if I open only a single occurrence of the meeting. However, if I open the series, I cannot. I have Outlook 2010.

How can I accomplish this?


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Outlook 2010 RULES - How to use "OR" boolean

It seems that Microsoft Outlook 2010 can only use the "AND" boolean when setting RULES. I find that very disturbing since even the lower end Windows Live Mail can use "OR". Am I missing something? I'm trying to recreate this WLM rule in Outlook:

Apply this rule after the message arrives
Where the From line contains 'casoclinico' 
    or Where the Subject line contains 'caso' and 'clínico' 
Move it to the Isbrae - Caso Clínico folder 

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Can I use a different signature in Outlook for internal versus external mail?

Our company requires use of a specific signature (with an image) for external e-mail and would like to use a different signature for internal e-mail (without an image).

Is this possible with Outlook 2007?


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How can I export all email addresses I have sent to from Outlook or any other Email Client?

I would like to export a list of email addresses of people I have previously sent mail to. I don't think there is a way to do this without an add-in.

I tried a tool called Gwabbit and it did not do what I needed.

There are some answers here based on the NK2 file and utilities that read it, but it's not the solution because the NK2 file will not always have every recipient you've ever emailed for the following reasons:

  1. You can edit it (simply by deleting a suggested contact as it pops up)
  2. It's unique to your profile (each login on each device, not counting roaming profiles), so if you use multiple machines/devices it doesn't get all recipients.

What I really want is to go through all the sent mail, optionally my received mail too, and harvest all the email addresses in there.

I initially wrote this question for Outlook, but if there is an app or utility that will do this outside of Outlook, it's worth migrating mail, even if just for this one time need.


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