29 November, 2011

Insert Clipart causing install loop problem for MS Office apps

On my work laptop, running Win7 Pro, all of my MS Office apps are all 2007 except for Visio 2003. When Visio was installed, for whatever reason the clipart was not installed. If I tried to use the clipart, it would start the install wizard, ask for a path to the install disk and eventually fail as I didn't have the disk. This is unfortunately is expected behavior.

But, when I go to insert clipart from my other Office apps, they run into a problem due to Visio. It goes through the same Microsoft Office Visio 2003 install wizard, and after failing, it will open the clipart that WAS installed for 2007.
I search for solutions, but never found one. This works for some install loop type problems, but not my specific case.
Enter one of the following using Run.... Substitute Excel, Visio, or PowerPoint for Word as necessary:
  • Office 2007: reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1
  • Office 2003: reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1
I eventually got a Visio 2003 disk, but then I ran into a new error message -- it wouldn't let me change the install path -- error 25091. This error is thanks to the tighter security in Windows 7.

To change an install path, you need to be running the application with Administrator privileges. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to right-click on the Shortcut and select "Run as administrator," I needed to find the source file. Right-clicking and opening the Properties dialog to get to the source didn't work either, as it was unavailable. I browsed to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12, right-clicked on POWERPNT.EXE and clicked "Run as administrator." From here, I tried to insert clipart again, and this time I was able to provide a path to my Visio disk and the problem has been resolved.

I'm not sure what to suggest to others that do not have a Visio 2003 disk -- someone had one (or a network install) to get it on your machine originally. Likely your IT department that originally set up your computer will be able to solve this -- assuming they're accessible.

Creating Multiple Email Profiles for Outlook

Want to use Outlook to access 2 or more email accounts? By adding additional Profiles to Outlook, you can avoid multiple email clients. The upside is that you can share your archive folders across your accounts. The downside is that you can only manage one account at a time.

To add a new Profile, follow these simple steps:
  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click Mail
  3. Click the Show Profiles button
  4. Click the Add button
  5. Provide a Profile Name
  6. Complete the Account Setup Wizard
 Once created, you can select to be prompted for the Profile you want to open when starting Outlook or you can have it always open a specified Profile.

Once you have more than one Profile, you can force Outlook to open to a specific Profile by configuring Shortcuts for each.
  1. Create a copy of your existing Outlook Shortcut
  2. Right-click the new Shortcut and select Properties
  3. On the Shortcut tab, go to the Target text box
  4. At the end of the line (after the ending quote), add the following on the same line:
    • space
    • /profile
    • space
    • "Profile name"
      Note: the Profile name only requires quotes if there are spaces within the name.
  5. The completed line will look similar to this: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE" /profile "My New Profile"
  6. Go to the General tab and change the Shortcut name if desired
Refer to my post, "Open additional mailboxes within Outlook," if you want to open multiple email accounts within one Outlook Profile.

28 November, 2011

Adobe Acrobat Reader update error: Error 1602

I started getting this error, 1602, when attempting to complete the update request from Adobe for Acrobat Reader. I'm not a fan of PDF files, and use FoxIt in most cases as an alternate PDF Reader, but sometimes I still need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

I discovered that the cause can easily be solved by deleting the 'ARM' folder within the Acrobat Reader program files. You can find the 'ARM' folder within \Adobe\Acrobat\x.x\ where x.x is the version number. The location of \Adobe\Acrobat\x.x\ will vary based on your version of Windows. For XP users it's contained within C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ while Vista and Win7 users will find it within C:\ProgramData\.

Once you delete the 'ARM' folder, on the next update attempt everything should work as expected.

07 November, 2011

Odd Behavior When Moving an Application Window within Windows 7

Windows 7 has a nice feature where using the Windows key + the right- or left-arrow button you can move an application window to be maximized on half the screen. Recently I noticed that when I tried going right, it wouldn't cover the last 1/6th or so of the screen -- it was as if that portion of the screen didn't exist. I could still drag a window over to the edge, but even while dragging I would get some odd behaviors.

It turned out the problem started when I installed Pidgin (2.6.5) instant messaging client. My particular version came with 1 plug-in already enabled which was causing this weird behavior. The plug-ins can be found at Tools >> Plugins (or CTRL-U). The culprit was "Windows Pidgin Options 2.6.5." Once disabled, the windowing (Windows key + the right- or left-arrow button) movement again operated as expected.

01 November, 2011

Create an Outlook Template

Do you find yourself having to send the same message over and over again? With Outlook Templates you can save yourself from having to recreate the same message. Further, it can help to make sure your messages are consistent. It's actually quite easy to do.

Create the Template
  1. Start with a new blank message.
  2. Write the message.
  3. Add a subject. (optional)
  4. Add recipients if you like. (optional)
  5. Select Office Button >> Save As...
  6. Change the Save as Type to Outlook Template (*.oft).
  7. Name the file and click Save.
Use the Template
  1. Go to Tools >> Forms >> Choose Form...
  2. From the Look In drop-down, select User Templates in File System.
  3. Select your template and click Open.
  4. Make any last minute changes, add/remove recipients and Send.