Receive emails directly instead of once per hour for Connected Accounts in Outlook.com

Receive emails directly instead of once per hour for Connected Accounts in Outlook.com

I’ve configured a Connected Account in Outlook.com to read and reply to emails from another account that I own. This also allows me to receive them in Outlook without the need to configure an additional account.

A major downside of having a Connected Account is how long it takes for new emails to arrive. It seems that it only checks for new emails once every hour, which basically renders the feature useless to me.

Can I configure how often a Connected Account should check for new emails?

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Printing Address Label Stickers with Outlook Contact information

Printing Address Label Stickers with Outlook Contact information

I bought a sheet of paper with self-sticking labels and was hoping to be able to print label stickers for envelopes with addresses from Contacts that I store within Outlook.

However, now that I have them, I have no clue where to start and how to make sure that the addresses will be properly aligned on my sheet of label paper.

Do I need special software for this or can I print on this label sheet directly from within Outlook?

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You may have been BCCed warning

You may have been BCCed warning

On occasion, I receive emails which are sent to multiple people. To keep the conversation intact, I use the Reply All button to respond. Only afterwards, I realized that I was only a BCC recipient in the original message and thus I now revealed myself to the rest, which the original sender obviously did not want.

As this can be quite embarrassing, not only to me but also to the original sender, is there any way that Outlook can warn me that I was only a BCC recipient for the email?

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Search and Replace for Contact fields

Search and Replace for Contact fields

I have lots of contacts in Outlook and I am looking for a way to update some contact fields so they will be more consistent. For instance, I’m looking to update the following properties;

  • For some contacts I’ve entered “AVE” and for other “Avenue”. I want this to be “Avenue” for everyone.
  • For some contacts I’ve included the country code in their phone number and I’d like to remove that.
  • Change the email address domain of several contacts as their company changed its name and has a new domain name.

How can I achieve these changes without modifying all contacts one-by-one?

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Backup and Restore Outlook.com mailbox data

Backup and Restore Outlook.com mailbox data

I used to have a POP3 account for which I always had to backup the pst-file and I had no issues with restoring it when I needed it.

Now that I have switched to Outlook.com, I no longer have a pst-file but an ost-file.

I tried opening the ost-file, to test whether I could restore it, but Outlook doesn’t let me and expects a pst-file.

  • Do I still need to make backups?
  • What is the best way to backup and restore my Outlook.com mailbox?
  • How do I convert this ost-file into a pst-file?
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Using Outlook without an email account

Using Outlook without an email account

I’d like to use Outlook just for managing my Contacts, Calendar and Tasks and don’t want to use it for email.

However, when I start Outlook, it insists that I add an email account.

Can I use Outlook without an email account?

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Add Holidays to your Office 365 Exchange Online or Outlook.com mailbox

Add Holidays to your Office 365 Exchange Online or Outlook.com mailbox

I’ve been looking for an option to add a Holiday Calendar to my Exchange mailbox in a similar way to the Birthday Calendar, which displays as a separate folder in Outlook. I haven’t found out how to do it though.

Is there a way to add a separate Holiday Calendar to my Outlook Calendar as well?

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Home Page tab not available in Folder Properties

Home Page tab not available in Folder Properties

I used to have a folder with a Home Page set to a website. This website now no longer works and the folder is opened instead.

When I open the Folder Properties, I no longer see the Home Page tab either to re-enter it.

Has the Home Page feature been removed from Outlook or is there a way to re-enable it?

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Quickly open folders via Quick Steps

Quickly open folders via Quick Steps

This is another one of my favorite “hidden” features in Outlook;

You probably know already that you can move emails by using Quick Steps but did you also know that you can use that very same Quick Step to open and go to that folder?

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Do not automatically mark emails as Read in Outlook on the Web (OWA)

Do not automatically mark emails as Read in Outlook on the Web (OWA)

In the regular Outlook for Desktop, I’ve successfully disabled the option to automatically mark messages as read.

However, occasionally, I use Outlook on the Web (OWA) as well and it doesn’t seem to pick up the setting as configured in Outlook.

How can I prevent Outlook on the Web to automatically mark my emails as read?

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