How To Always Pop-Out an Email Window in Outlook 2013

Outlook 2013 introduced a new in-line compose method for email replies and forwarded messages, designed to make it easier for you to quickly write & send an email. However, the Outlook 2013 in-line method may prove to be a frustration source, especially if you are used to browse other emails while you are composing a reply. This short tutorial explains how to configure Outlook 2013 to always pop out a new email window, when you reply or forward it.

To make Outlook 2013 always pop-out an email window when you reply or forward, all you have to do is to go to your Outlook File menu -> Options -> on the Mail tab, scroll down and locate the Replies and forwards section. On this section, enable the option “open replies and forwards in a new window“:outlook-2013-popout

Outlook 2010 with Hotmail / Connector – Fix for Error 0x80048051

I have a personal account that I use at along with some other accounts that connect via Exchange. So I use Outlook 2010 for my main email program. Every so often, though I would get the error 0x80048051 when checking my email and no email from would show up.

The solution involves Microsoft Internet Explorer.  For some reason, this program will self select the File / Work Offline toggle.  When this happens, Outlook is unable to connect to my Live/ email.  Very strange as I don’t generally use IE and how this setting get’s changed seems quite strange.  Still, an easy remedy.  Whenever I’m unable to sync my Live/ mail account, I simply open IE and deselect Work Offline (under the “File” menu).

Credit for this solution goes to the thread here:

Hope it helps! 😉

Microsoft Office 365 – Configure a User Password to Never Expire

This article will show you how to configure a user password to never expire on the Office 365 platform.

Install the PowerShell cmdlets for Office 365

First you will need the PowerShell cmdlets installed onto your computer. To install them, please follow the instructions here:

Set Windows Powershell Credentials


To connect Windows Powershell to Office 365, run the following cmdlet from the Powershell window (which you installed in the above step).

After running that command, you will get a login window. Type in an “admin” level user for Office 365 (in the format of and select “Ok”.

Connect Windows Powershell to Office 365


Next, run the following cmdlet:
connect-MSOLService -credential $cred
If it connects successfully, no messages will be should be shown, just a new line as shown in the above screenshot.

If You Get an Error . . .


If the credentials you’ve provided are incorrect, you will get a screen like the one above. If this happens, check your credentials and re-run the cmdlets above.

Find Out Whether a Password is Set to Never Expire


To see whether a single user’s password is set to never expire, run the following cmdlet by using the user ID (in the format of of the user you want to check:
Get-MSOLUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> | Select PasswordNeverExpires

The result of the cmdlet will show if this flag has been set or not for this user. An example of this can be seen in the above screenshot. For this particular user, it has not been set.

Optional — To see the “Password never expires” setting for all users, run the following cmdlet:
Get-MSOLUser | Select UserPrincipalName, PasswordNeverExpires

Set a Password to Never Expire


To set the password of one user to never expire, run the following cmdlet by using the user ID of the user (in the format of
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Optional — To set the passwords of all the users in an organization to never expire, run the following cmdlet:
Get-MSOLUser | Set-MsolUser -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Set a Password to Expire (To Undo Above)

To set the password of one user so that the password does expire, run the following cmdlet by using the user ID of the user:
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> -PasswordNeverExpires $false

To set the passwords of all users in the organization so that they do expire, use the following cmdlet:
Get-MSOLUser | Set-MsolUser -PasswordNeverExpires $false

Microsoft Word 2010 – Make Only 1 Page in Landscape Layout While Keeping Rest in Portrait Layout

I don’t know why this was “new” for me, but it did take a google search to figure it out. Here’s a great link that explains how to make only 1 page within Microsoft Word 2010 in a landscape layout, while keeping the rest in the portrait layout.

Copied below for reference:

Go to the last page you want to keep vertical (Portrait) then select Page Layout | Breaks | Next Page.

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Now click anywhere in the page where you want to have the horizontal page (Landscape) and go toPage Layout | Orientation and select Landscape

Do the same steps for the following page, the one after the landscaped one, but this time choosePortrait. Only do this if you want to restore the Portrait orientation back to normal.

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How-To Open Visio Diagrams and Drawings in Separate Windows

Opening multiple Visio files and switching between them is a pain. I figured there had to be a way to make Visio to always open files in separate windows, so you can see the visio drawings seperately (eg: dual monitors).

The below “method B” worked for me for Visio 2010.

Visio has a Multiple Document Interface so open files all go into the same
instance of Visio. There’s really not an easy way around it, but here are
some options:

A) Launch a separate instance of Visio each time you want a separate window
in the Taskbar. A great “how-to” for doing this, can be found at:

Method A works okay, but I would like Visio to open in seperate Windows everytime, automatically. Method B below does that.

B) Check the Visio option in Tools/Options/Advacned > Put all settings in
Windows registry, exit Visio and change the registry setting
SingleInstanceFileOpen to 0 found in the following location:

Visio 2003

Visio 2007:

Visio 2010:

If the above doesn’t make sense, here’s a helpful “How-to” showing how to do the above:

That’s it!

Screenshot Program for Mac, Awesome Manual Creation Program

Here’s a great freeware program for taking screenshots on your Mac (and from the few that I’ve done so far, it works better than the built in screen capture included in Leopard):

Now, here’s a really awesome program, available for Mac and Windows. It’s called ScreenSteps, website located here:
It helps you to create manuals and how-to’s with screenshots, in a single program. I would suggest watching both of the short videos on the main page to get a “feel” of what the program can do. It looks very useful and super easy to use. I’ll be downloading the trial shortly as I have a couple of docs to make as we speak! 😉

Outlook 2007 versus Entourage 2008

I do like Entourage 2008. It has a “Mac Feel” to it which fits in nice with other programs. It’s very easy to use. I also like that you don’t have to VPN into work in order to use mail, as it can use your OWA (Outlook Web Access) connection and credentials. Just use “” as the server you connect to (or whatever your OWA site is).

What I don’t like about it, is viewing calendars! At work, we have shared calendars (through Exchange) for our group. If I need to view another persons calendar or a group calendar, unfortunately Entourage lacks in that area. It does work, just looks horrible. Especially when compared to Outlook 2007. Outlook 2007 allows you to even “overlay” other calendars onto your own so you can easily see available times between both or even several calendars.

So unfortunately I’ve started using Outlook 2007 inside a Windows XP Virtual Machine (powered by VMware Fusion) on my Mac (which I must say is just awesome). Windows XP runs great inside the Virtual Machine and is quite “snappy”. Definitely the best of both worlds!