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How to Automatically Create Outlook user Profiles when a User Opens Outlook


  1. Create an Outlook PRF file. Use the Office 2003 Resource Kit.
  2. Then add this .reg file to your users' startup script. Adjust the name and location of the PRF file to your needs.

This will affect Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Page numbers in Word 2007 still don't work correctly

I tried to combine a simple two page Word 2007 document with a two page PDF. The word document had page numbers in the footer, like "Page 1 of 2". I combined these documents into a PDF through the Windows Explorer right-click menu -- "Combine supported files in Acrobat".

In my new PDF, the page numbers were displaying incorrectly. These are the page numbers from the Word document. The page numbers said "Page 1 of 1" on the first page, and "Page 2 of 2" on the second page.

Open Excel 2007 spreadsheets in multiple windows


If you want to open two Excel 2007 windows, each with different spreadsheets, you'll need to check out this tip. I have two monitors, and I need to use two spreadsheets at the same time. By default, you can't open two excel instances at the same time. Here's how to change that.

In case that site or file is unavailable, I am hosting it here myself. Thanks for the tip!

Cannot access cellular data network after iPhone jailbreak and unlock to tmobile


So you've hacked your iPhone and unlocked it with TMobile. Good for you. Now you need data access. Here's how:

How to fix Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Interference

A wireless keyboard and/or mouse can be quite convenient, and a seemingly endless source of frustration. Here's how I solved my own wireless keyboard interference problem. I have a Logitech S510 keyboard and mouse combo.

Steps to troubleshoot a wireless keyboard and/or mouse

How to create a simple string filter in SSRS


If you are sure you've typed your filter condition correctly, to either include or exclude data based on a string match, try this.

How to rename a report in SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services)


Here's how to change the name of your SQL Server report.

To rename a report in SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services), from the Visual Studio environment, fire up the Solution Explorer sidebar. Then, you should see your report(s) in the tree view. Right click the report to rename, and choose "rename". Easy as pie, but hard to figure out.

My favorite new features in the new iPhone 3.0 OS software


  • Podcast rewind 30 seconds button
  • Podcast speed control button
  • Ability to select certain folders for push syncing (in Exchange)
  • ... more to come, I'm sure

Rule to automatically save attachment in Outlook


Here's a cool trick. If you receive a lot of email attachments, maybe it would be useful to save them to My Documents or some other location on your computer besides keeping them in Outlook. I can show you how to do exactly that! These instructions show you step by step how to automatically save attachments of emails as they arrive. I have tested this in Outlook 2007 and 2010.


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