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Recently had a client using Microsoft 365 Exchange Email Service whose mobile device and Outlook desktop application would sync the Read status of emails.

Normally this synchronization is desired but in the client’s case they were sharing their inbox with the mobile user. So they did not want to sync the read status of messages to ensure they would see new messages as they arrived in their inbox.

This article will show you how to disable Read sync for one device when logging into the same email account on other devices.

 

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This is a note for personal reference.

Enable Windows Updates on a Windows PC connected to Active Directory with Windows Updates disabled. Set the Data value from 0 to 1 on the following entry: SetDisableUXUAccess at the following registry address:

  • Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

 

 

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Outlook does not have a dedicated “Send and Archive” button similar to what you might find in other email services like Gmail. However, you can manually Archive emails after sending them.

For Microsoft 365, Outlook.com, and Exchange accounts, the Archive folder is one of Outlook’s default folders, and you can use the Archive button to move messages to this folder. While it’s not a one-click solution like a “Send and Archive“, it can help you manage your sent emails more efficiently.

If you’re looking to streamline your email management, you might consider using Quick Steps in Outlook. Quick Steps allow you to create automated actions for frequent tasks, which could include archiving emails after sending them.

For more detailed instructions on archiving emails or setting up Quick Steps, you can refer to the official Microsoft Support page.

 

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If you use a password to sign into your Windows 11 personal computer (PC) you can adjust a setting which will allow you to automatically sign in, bypassing the password input requirement.

This is handy if you need to have an account password set (for example, network sharing) but don’t want to manually insert a password upon starting or rebooting your PC.

Follow the steps within this article only if you’ve physically secured your Windows 11 PC and you’re the only person using your computer.

 

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Using the desktop version of Word, I discovered that the Transcribe feature was not available. Oddly enough, I could see the transcribe feature when I go to Customize the Ribbon. However, I cannot toggle it on or off and it is not actually showing up in the Ribbon.

Turns out, it was a simply Microsoft Account Privacy Setting that was preventing the Transcribe feature from being available. This article will show you which Privacy Setting you need to enable to gain access to the Transcribe feature within Microsoft Word.

 

 

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Using the desktop version of OneNote, I discovered that the Transcribe feature was not available. Oddly enough, I could see the transcribe feature when I go to Customize the Ribbon. However, I cannot toggle it on or off and it is not actually showing up in the Ribbon.

Turns out, it was a simply Microsoft Account Privacy Setting that was preventing the Transcribe feature from being available. This article will show you which Privacy Setting you need to enable to gain access to the Transcribe feature within Microsoft OneNote.

 

 

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Microsoft Authenticator QR Codes

Have you ever wondered why the QR code used to link your Microsoft account to the Microsoft Authenticator app can’t be reused on another device?

Turns out Microsoft designed their 2 factor authentication QR code this way, with a one-time use policy.

Personally, I find this rather annoying and limiting in as far as permitting the use of multiple personal devices from providing authentication.

The good news is that there is a work around, albeit far from ideal.

In this article, I cover the reasons behind the single-use nature of Microsoft Authenticator QR codes and show you how to utilize it on more than one device.

 

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Microsoft 365 Copilot AI

This article is a Copilot for Microsoft 365 document originally published by Microsoft re-written here for my personal reference.

 

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Help My Email Account was Hacked

If your email account has been hacked, you must act quickly to regain control and prevent further issues.

Here are some steps you can take:

 

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Turn off Other Email Tab in Outlook

Microsoft is once again using their wisdom against its clients by enabling, by default, a ‘focused‘ inbox experience within Outlook.

In short, Microsoft Outlook attempts to determine what email messages are important, to help keep you ‘Focused‘ and what belongs in the ‘Other‘ email category.

For most of my clients, this results in ‘missing‘ emails or overlooking potentially important emails such as time sensitive ones.

This article will show you how to disable the Focused email inbox feature and remove the ‘Other‘ tab.

 

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