Word 2013/2016: How to remove the extra "Save AS" Dialog Window

Word 2013 and Word 2016 introduced a new window when you use "Save As". Microsoft calls this "Backstage". For me, this extra window has absolutely now value and just means one click more. Luckily, there is a setting that removes that extra window. Here is how: Click on File > Options Tick Don't show Backstage when opening or saving files Click OK What is confusing is that if you go to File > Save As, you will still see the Backstage window! Unfortunately, that tick box only Read more [...]

Outlook 2013/2016: Make Sender and Subject the same Font Size

In Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016, the sender is shown in a bigger font that the subject in the email list. This is a change from Outlook 2010 where both lines were with the same font size. To get that behaviour back, do the following: Go to the View tab Click on View Settings Click on Conditional Formatting... Click on Add and give the new rule a name (e.g. "Sender name") Click on Font... Under the "Size" heading, click on Smaller Click OK You will get a warning that Read more [...]

Outlook 2013/2016: Don't Show Message Body in Email List

When you move from Outlook 2010 to Outlook 2013 or 2016, you will find that in the list of Emails, Outlook has added a 3rd line: Sender Subject Start of email body I wanted to remove that 3rd line as it only takes space and it normally only contains stuff like "Hello John" which adds no real information. So I thought I could go to the View setting and change Maximum number of lines in compact mode = 2 But I still saw 3 lines in my email list! It took me quite a while until Read more [...]

Internet Explorer: Favorites list is jumpy and loads very slowly

In Internet Explorer, I found that my favorites list loads slowly and when I hover over it with the mouse, the mouse pointer is hanging and jumpy. I have redirected my favorites to a network folder, so I can have the same favorites on all my Windows machines. The problem does not occur if my favorites are kept on a local drive (but that is not a solution for me). What helped and made the favorites list (and the favorites bar) quick and snappy again was the following: Open File Explorer Read more [...]

ESXi 5.5: Get USB 3.0 Passthrough working

With ESXi 5.5 Update 3, VMWare addes USB 3.0 Passthrough support. It does this via xHCI USB adapter and the necessary drivers. When I upgraded from ESXi 5.5 Update 2 to Update 3b, USB 3.0 did not work, though. The necessary driver had not been installed automatically with the upgrade. So here is what I had to do (in PuTTY): Install the xHCI driver from the bundle I used to do the upgrade: esxcli software vib install -n xhci-xhci -d "/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/Install/VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-Update3-3568722-HPE-550.9.5.0.33-Apr2016-depot.zip" Read more [...]

ESXI 5.5: How to install the vCenter Appliance on an existing Host

If you just have ESXi 5.5 installed and you manage it with the vSphere client, you might want to install vCenter, which has some benefits (vSphere Web Client, get ESX alert emails and many others). Be aware that while ESXi 5.5 is free, the vCenter has a license cost. Also, make sure that the vCenter you install is always a newer or the same version than the ESXi you have. You can either install the vCenter to run on an existing Windows Server or you can just import a virtual appliance (based on Read more [...]

Blackberry 10: Remove Anti-Theft Protection from Device

With OS version 10.3.2, Blackberry has introduced Anti-Theft Protection (the company was required to do so by law). It did this by integrating Anti-Theft functionality in its "Blackberry Protect" offering. While this might reduce the number of stolen devices, it is a horror for people that have forgotten their Blackberry ID password. Their Blackberry has turned into a useless brick and Blackberry support was in many cases less than useful. But there is now a method to remove Anti-Theft Protection. Read more [...]