Outlook: Disable Auto-Complete of your own Name

Outlook has an editor feature that suggests to insert your full name whenever you start typing your first name. This is really annoying because you might want to use only your first name for signing off your emails (i.e. "Regards, John", instead of "Regards, John Doe"). You can switch it off, but not in the auto-correct or auto-format options, as you might have expected. Outlook has hidden it under "Quick Parts" and "Building Blocks". Here is how to disable this annoying feature: Create a Read more [...]

Windows 10: iPad in recovery mode not recognized by iTunes

I had an iPad that was bricked and i brought it into Recovery Mode to Factory Reset it: Disconnect the USB cable from your iPad, but leave the other side connected to your Mac or PC Launch iTunes Press and hold down the Home and Sleep/Power button on the top of the iPad to turn off the iPad Press and continue to hold the Home button while you reconnect the USB cable to your iPhone, this will cause the iPad to turn on Continue to hold the Home button until an alert message in iTunes Read more [...]

Blackberry: Changes in BES 12.5.0a

On July 26 2016 BlackBerry released "BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 Service Pack 5a" (BES 12.5.0a) without release notes. So there was no direct way of finding out what the "a" really changed. Digging through the KB articles I found this: http://support.blackberry.com/kb/articleDetail?articleNumber=000038323 So the short answer is: The "a" fixes one specific issue that would block you from upgrading from a previous BES version to 12.5. If you already have upgraded to BES 12.5.0 successfully, Read more [...]

Veeam 8.0: How to remove a restore point manually

Veeam is a good tool to backup and restore virtual machines. After you remove a server from backup (because you have decommissioned it, for example) you might get the following warning: 01.06.2016 11:04:33 :: Server01 is no longer processed by this job. Make sure this change is intentional. This is happening because Veeam still has one or more restore points of this server. If you are sure you never want to restore this server again, you can delete the restore point manually: Backup & Replication Read more [...]

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 than 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 [...]

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