Focus Assist; Don’t let yourself get distracted by emails!

Focus Assist; Don’t let yourself get distracted by emails!

We all have these moments; You need to focus and don’t want to get distracted by anything for a longer period of time.

Alerts for incoming emails can be quite a distraction and those emails you thought only required a quick and short responds ended up becoming an essay or a back-and-forth conversation or just totally got you out of your rhythm.

Of course, you could close Outlook and all other applications that generate pop-up alerts or sounds, but did you know about Focus Assist already?

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Making GIFs animate

Making GIFs animate

I’ve got some GIF-files in Outlook but they don’t animate.
How can I make them work?

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Exclude words in attachment content when searching

Exclude words in attachment content when searching

When I performed my search query, I got some unexpected results where the words I was searching for weren’t even included in the email.

Upon further investigation, I found out that these words were mentioned in the attachments of those emails.

How can I configure Outlook to only search for the words in the message itself and not look into the attachments?

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Outlook Today missing in Outlook for Office 365’s new interface?

Outlook Today missing in Outlook for Office 365's new interface?

I’ve enabled the Coming Soon option in Outlook for Office 365 to test the new interface with a Single Line Ribbon and various changes to the Navigation Pane.

I used to be able to click on my mailbox folder (above Inbox) to open up Outlook Today but this seems no longer possible.

Has the Outlook Today feature been removed from Outlook?

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Outlook 2019 and Exchange compatibility

Outlook 2019 and Exchange compatibility

I’m thinking about upgrading to Outlook 2019 but I know we are not using the latest version of Exchange.

  • Which versions of Exchange does Outlook 2019 support?
  • How can I check which version I’m currently using?
  • How do I configure an Exchange account in Outlook 2019?
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Double new email and calendar notifications on Windows 10

Double new email and calendar notifications on Windows 10

I often get double notifications for various new Emails and Calendar appointments or meetings. Usually these alerts pop-up within mere seconds of each other although some email alerts come hours later or only when I restart my computer.

I only receive the email once in Outlook and the meeting is also listed only once on my Calendar.

Why do I get these multiple notifications and how can I get only one again?

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How long is my Outlook version still supported?

How long is my Outlook version still supported?

I’ve been using Outlook 2013 since it came out and I’m still quite happy with it.

I know that since then and now Outlook 2016 came out and I heard that soon Outlook 2019 becomes available as well. Then there is also Office 365 which apparently is always the latest version of Office.

With so many newer versions of Outlook, is Microsoft still committed to support my Outlook 2013 version or is it time for me to move on?

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Scanpst.exe can’t be found or started when Outlook is installed via the Microsoft Store

Scanpst.exe can’t be found or started when Outlook is installed via the Microsoft Store

My computer crashed while Outlook was running so I now want to check my pst-file for errors with scanpst.exe.

After searching for a long time on my computer, I finally found it in a very odd location (e.g. not in the location everybody is saying where it should be) and I can’t start it either as that returns a permissions error.

Why is scanpst.exe not in its default location and how can I start it so I can repair my pst-file?

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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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