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Archive for the ‘Email Tips’ Category

PostHeaderIcon OutlookTools for Office 2010

In the days before Office 2010 (and above), I used to use AttachmentOptions to unblock file extensions in Microsoft Outlook. However the program doesn’t work in Office 2010. I hadn’t bothered to look for an alternative until recently. I found OutlookTools which seems to work well:

OutlookTools is a support and advanced settings tool for Microsoft Office Outlook. It gives you easy access to Outlook settings and data folders and allows you to change settings that are normally only possible through the registry.

The program is NOT an add-in to Outlook. It runs separately, and allows you to make the desired changes. I was able to unblock some file extensions and have access to them in Outlook.

PostHeaderIcon A couple of useful Outlook tips

One of the blogs I follow is the Workers’ Edge blog by Dennis O’Reiley of CNET News. Dennis offers “tips and tricks for the cubicle-dweller”. I don’t work in a cubicle, but I do appreciate some of the productivity software tips he gives.

A couple of the most useful Outlook tips were:

If you work in a corporate environment and have a quota on your mailbox, then both of these utilities might help you free up some space (although if you are in a corporate environment, you may need your administrator to install them for you.

PostHeaderIcon Can’t Open Your E-Mailbox? Good Luck

From the New York Times:

Logging on to Gmail or other e-mail service has become a routine of daily life, completed without a thought. What would you do, however, if you woke up tomorrow, plugged in your user name and password as you always do, but then received an unfamiliar message: “User name and password do not match”?

If you’re a Gmail user, what you’ll want to do after a few more unsuccessful, increasingly frantic attempts is to speak with a Google customer support representative, post haste. But that’s not an option. Google doesn’t offer a toll-free number and a live person to resolve the ordinary user’s problems.

Discussion forums abound with tales of woe from Gmail customers who have found themselves locked out of their account for days or even weeks.

PostHeaderIcon 101 Fantastic Freebies

Late last year I linked a list of PC World where they had 101 Fabulous Freebies. The list has been updated:

Once upon a time you actually had to pay for great software and services — hard to believe, but true.

We revved up our cable modem and searched for the most intriguing free offerings out there. After we took each download or service for a test-drive, we picked the very best, and came up with the following list of 101 great freebies

Be sure to check out the latest 101 Fantastic Freebies list!

PostHeaderIcon – Beware of cheap imitations

As I’m sure you’ve experienced, spam (junk email) is a huge problem. If you have an email address than you’ve probably received junk. Most ISPs now try to run services on their mail server to stop this, but some always get through. If you get spam and want to report it yourself, a good place to start is with SpamCop:

SpamCop is the premier service for reporting spam. SpamCop determines the origin of unwanted email and reports it to the relevant Internet service providers. By reporting spam, you have a positive impact on the problem. Reporting unsolicited email also helps feed spam filtering systems, including, but not limited to, SpamCop’s own service.

You can report spam that you’ve received and SpamCop will contact the server administrator for you. It may be a tedious process, but every little bit helps. Check out for more details.

PostHeaderIcon Make your GMail Signature For Free

I think I’ve mentioned something similar to this before, yet I couldn’t find it, so here it is. The site has 3 images to choose from. You enter what your username is, and it puts it in the image for you. This displays your email address, but hides it from email harvestors (or spambots).


Make your own Gmail signature…

PostHeaderIcon Yahoo! Mail Beta

I virtually never use my Yahoo! account for anything. However, yesterday I logged in for the first time in months and was prompted to try the new Yahoo! Mail Beta. Wow! It’s very impressive. It’s much better looking then the Windows Live Mail Beta, and seems to have more features.


If you have a Yahoo! Mail account, then you’ve probably already been asked to try the new version. I’m not aware of any “invitations” available.

PostHeaderIcon More Gmail Tips

I recently mentioned GMail Tips & Tricks by Bibear. Well, here are some more Gmail Tips courtesy of

PostHeaderIcon Feedster Top 500

Feedster is a blog/feed search site, along with many other services. They have just started a Top 500 feeds list (neither Chris nor I are listed).

Each month, Feedster brings you a list of 500 of the most interesting and important blogs. Enjoy browsing to see what people are reading, to find feeds that will bring topics of interest to you on a regular basis, and to discover new voices in the Blogosphere.

Check it out at

PostHeaderIcon Free GMail Addresses

Since the GMail Spooler was taken down, I don’t have anywhere to unload my invitations to. If you are looking for a GMail invitation, then email me at the address below and I’ll send you one.

GAWing's Gmail Address