It is the season to reach out to your friends, business contacts and family… to greet them, thank them, invite them to parties… and maybe even market your products to them.
Many Outlook users use Email Merge for Outlook to do this… it lets them create one email and then send out multiple copies of the same email to as many people as they want… each person gets an email addressed only to them… with the email personalized with their name and any other details you want.
Your emails get sent out from Outlook… but you can use mailing lists from many sources… including Outlook, Excel and Access.
We have created 5 holiday themed templates (shown above) that you can download and use today.
Download and installing the templates
Once you have Email Merge installed…
Click here to download the Outlook Holiday Templates. Save the file to your desktop or other convenient location on your computer (This will be a zip file. You do NOT need to unzip it).
Start Outlook and go to your Inbox.
Click the little arrow under Email Merge on the ribbon and then click Template Manager (to display Email Merge’s built-in template manager)
Click the Import button and select the zip file that was downloaded in one of the earlier steps.
Click OK. The 5 templates will be imported into your Email Merge for Outlook template list into a category named Christmas Templates.
Click Close to close the Template Manager
Sending Personalized Emails from Outlook using the Templates
Click the Email Merge button on the Outlook Ribbon.
Select the appropriate template (Christmas Template 1 to 5) from the list on the first step of the Wizard.
Click Next and follow the rest of the steps in the Wizard.
The Email Merge for Outlook software can send out emails using contacts stored in Outlook, Excel and many other sources.
Happy Holidays from the team at Standss
We hope that this year has been good for you and we wish you and all our customers and readers a Very Merry Christmas.
And remember… it’s still not too late to send out your Holiday emails and invites.
Do you have a list of email addresses in Excel to whom you want to send emails? Here are step-by-step instructions on sending out personalized individually-addressed emails to each person.
Step 1: Make sure that your data is correctly setup inside Excel
Check your spreadsheet to ensure that it has data similar (it doesn’t have to have exactly the same columns) as below. Things to be careful of are listed under the image.
The first row should have the names of columns/fields. You can have just one field (Email address) or as many different fields of data as you want.
You need to (obviously) have the email address in one column.
Rows after the first row will have the actual data.
Step 2: Install Email Merge for Excel
EmailMerge for Outlook is the fastest, easiest and safest way to send out personalized emails using data in Excel. You can try it free for 30 days.
If you haven’t done so already, download and install Email Merge for Outlook.
If you have installed the software properly, you should see the EmailMerge button on the ribbon inside Outlook.
Step 3: Click on the Email Merge button inside Outlook(shown above) to open the Email Merge menu
Click on “Create a new merge”
You can start your email merge process with a Blank email or using an Email template (pre-set email) from the list. Make a selection and click Next.
EmailMerge can use data from many sources including from inside Outlook and Excel. In this case select “Excel File” and then select the Excel file you want to use.
Step 3: Where are your Contacts?
The screen will now show you a list of all the sheets in your Excel workbook.
Select the sheet in which your contacts are and Click Next
Step 4: Who do you want to send this e-mail to?
The screen will display all the contacts on the selected sheet.
Select (tick) the people to whom you want to send this email and click “Next”
Step 5: Confirm Your Mailing List
EmailMerge will display a list of all contacts you had selected to send your email to.
If you need to make any changes, click on the “Back” button. Otherwise click “Next” to continue with the remaining steps of the Wizard.
The remaining steps of the EmailMerge Wizard allow you to:
- Preview how each customized email will look on both computers and mobile devices
- Send all the emails at once or in smaller batched.
- Send the email immediately or scheduled at a later time or date
- Track opens and clicks on your emails
- Choose the account to send the email out from… and much more
Click “Finish” to send out your emails.
EmailMerge for Outlook is the fastest, easiest and safest way to send out personalized emails using data in Excel. You can try it free for 30 days by clicking on the image below.
Are you going to Rio or watching the 2016 Olympics on TV? Make sure that you don’t miss your favourite events by keeping an updated schedule of the games in Outlook.
Rio de Janeiro 2016 5th August – 21st August schedules can be downloaded and linked to your Outlook using the instructions below:
- Click on the link below : http://icalshare.com/calendars/7480
- Once you are on the ical share website you can click on “Subscribe to Calendar”
- If you are using “Google Chrome” than click on “Launch Application”
- or If you are using “Internet Explorer” than click on “Allow”.
4. Outlook Should now be giving you a prompt to “Add this Internet Calendar to Outlook and Subscribe to updates”.
5. Once you click “Yes” it will link to your Outlook and update Automatically if any changes are made to the schedules:
The calendar is updated frequently and includes most of the events taking place in the 2016 Olympics, You can also view the games timetable online: Rio Olympics 2016 Web Schedule.
The Major League Baseball season began on April 3, 2016 and the first teams to start off the season was the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the two teams with the best regular season records in 2015, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. so gear-up with your favorite team’s jersey, hats, cheering gears etc and plan in advance with friends and families to enjoy the games at home or at the venues.
The regular season is scheduled to end on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
You can download the full Major League Baseball season schedule or only your favorite team’s schedule and load it into Outlook so that you don’t miss out on any of your favorite team’s matches.
1. Click on the link’s below to download the full Major League Baseball schedules for ALL teams and save the .iCal file to your desktop: Download the 2016 Major League Baseball Season Schedules
If you only want schedules of your favorite team, click on the appropriate link below:
2. Import the downloaded file into your Outlook by following the steps below.
- If you are using Microsoft Outlook 2013 and above than once you click on the download Button it should ask you:
- If you click on “Launch Applications” than it should Start your Outlook
3. Once the Outlook starts up it should prompt you to “Add this internet calendar to outlook and subscribe to updates”
4. Once you select “Yes” on this prompt it should open up you calendar and give you a view of the scheduled matches
Do you know where your emails are saved? Are you sure they’re being backed up? You may be surprised to find out that your emails are not where you expect them to be.
In this post, I’ll show you how you can find out where your Outlook data is stored so that you can ensure that they are actually part of your backup plan.
How does Outlook save emails on your computer?
Outlook does NOT save each email as a separate file. Instead it saves all the emails into one PST file (or if you’re using Exchange or Office 365… one OST file).
All your emails are in one file. If you lose that one file, you lose all your emails!
- That’s not strictly true because you can have multiple files e.g. one for old emails and one for current emails, but the general idea still applies. Your emails are stored in a few files and if you lose one file, you will lose hundreds or even thousands of emails.
It is important that you know where these files so that you can back them up regularly.
Where are Outlook’s data files stored?
Depending on the version of Outlook you are using (and whether you are using POP3, IMAP, Exchange or Office 365), Outlook will save your data in either Documents folder or the hidden appdata folder.
Luckily it is easy to find where.
In Outlook 2010 or later, click the File tab, then click Info in the left pane. Select Account Settings and then Account Settings again. Then click the Data Files tab.
In Outlook 2007 and older versions, click Tools – Options on the command bar. Then click the Data Files tab.
All your data files will be listed as shown in the diagram.
Make sure that you back them up regularly and your emails will be safe.
This 5 minute video shows you how to use Microsoft Outlook to keep your emails organized.
You will see how easy it is to do the 3 ESSENTIAL email filing tasks that all business people need to do.
In less than 5 Minutes you will learn how to:
- Find folders by typing a few characters from the folders name
- File 90% of received emails at the click of one button (no misfiled emails because of drag and drop)
- Send & File out-going emails in one step (instead of having to go back to the Sent Items folder to file your emails later)
In this article we look at why many professionals who use Outlook prefer to have two copies of Sent Emails (one in a client/project folder and one in the Sent Items folder). We also show you how to configure QuickFile so that it will Send & Copy File the email for you in one step.
Most power users of emails create Project or Client folders inside Outlook and then move their emails inside them. They do this for both received emails and sent emails so that they can see all related emails in one place. But many users treat Inbox and Sent emails slightly differently.
How to file Inbox Emails (Move them!!!)
The Inbox acts as a To do List for most people. It makes sense to leave emails in there while they still need your attention.
Once you have finished with an email, you can either delete it or move it to the relevant project/client folder.
That way your Inbox only shows you what you need to work on
How to file Sent Emails (Move or Copy)
There are two schools of thought on what to do with Sent Emails. You could move the original email out of the Sent Items folder to the Project or Client folder but…
We have found that many users prefer to file a copy to the Project/Client folder and leave a copy in the Sent Items too.
- Users frequently need to refer to emails that they sent recently (to clarify things on phone calls etc). They find it easier to quickly look at the Sent Items folder instead of going to a client folder.
- Many users fill in their timesheets for billing purposes at the end of the day. They refer to the Sent Items folder to remind themselves of what they worked on (and what they need to bill for)
How to make QuickFile to Send & Copy
The Send&File feature is probably the #1 Reason that our users choose QuickFile.
QuickFile for Outlook prompts you with a prompt similar to the following when you click Send on an email.
QuickFile recommends folders using its own recommendation engine or you can use the Search box to quickly select another folder.
You can also choose to either file the original email or a copy of the email as shown above.
Click Send & File and the email is filed automatically when it is sent.
(You don’t have to go to the Sent Items folder at the end of day to file your emails because they’re done already. No more incomplete client folders!)
How to configure QuickFile to Send & Copy by default
You can use QuickFile’s setting screen so that it selects “Copy of Email” by default.
Go to your Inbox
Click the Standss Outlook Addins tabs on the Outlook ribbon.
Click More in the QuickFile group and then click Settings.
Select “File a copy of email to folder” for the Send & File dropdown.
Now whenever QuickFile displays the Send & File screen, copy will be select by default. This means that in most cases (because QuickFile normally recommends the correct folder too), you only have to click Send & File.
I had lunch with a friend who is a lawyer a few days ago. He explained to me why he still thinks it is important to file emails into folders dedicated to different clients or cases. In this post, I’d like to share his opinion… and a few suggestions on making the filing of emails easier.
Why… and associated problems?
For legal reasons, my lawyer friend often replies to emails simply to acknowledge receipt e.g. He may reply to an email and simply add “Noted” at the top.
He then needs to retain a record of the email in his own records.
The standard way of doing this is printing and filing a copy away (I am frequently surprised by how many lawyers still maintain printed records of everything!).
The problem he was having was that his printed files were become way to big… and had a lot of duplicated information (when he printed out the email with Noted on it, it could run several pages depending on the size of the original email).
Here are two possible solutions that we discussed.
1) Print Replies without Printing out all of the original email
Instead of printing out the whole email, just print out the first page. You can do this in Outlook by clicking the Print button and then clicking Print Options to select the pages you want to Print.
2) Keep only electronic copies of all (or less important) emails
Instead of printing out emails, you can file the emails electronically inside Outlook. If you have been doing this already you may want to evaluate your Outlook email filing system with this 3 questions checklist.
If you haven’t been doing this so far, we recommend the following steps:
1. Create a folder structure inside Outlook that is similar to what you use for your paper folders. This will make your emails easier to find in the future because you already know where to look for them.
2. File received emails AND sent emails for the project/case/client into the folder. You want to see all related emails in one place… and not have to look for some emails in project folders, other emails in the Sent Items folder etc.
3. If you still want to retain printed emails, then only print out the emails with new information on them and use our earlier tip to only print out the relevant pages
If emails are important to your business you may also want to look at QuickFile for Outlook. QuickFile works adds a few buttons inside Outlook and is able to file up to 90% of your emails at the click of one button.
I hope you found this post useful in making your emails easier to file and find.
If you are like me, you probably read most of your emails in the reading pane (which displays your emails right there in your Inbox). The problem is that sometimes emails get marked unread just because I scrolled through them on my way to another email. I would prefer to keep that email highlighted so that I know that it still needs my attention.
Here are links to two posts that I think you will find useful if you have a similar problem.
Keep Outlook Emails as Unread until after you actually read them
This post will keep the email UNREAD unless you stop over the email for more than just a few seconds (you can set how long)
Customize how Outlook highlights Unread Emails
This post is optional but you can use to change how unread emails are displayed. You can change the color or font to make them really stand out.
If you have other ideas on how to use Unread emails to get things done, let us know by leaving a comment.
I have received many emails from concerned customers and readers asking me if we were safe when Category 5 Cyclone Winston hit Fiji. I have personally written to thank everyone who wrote but in case I missed someone, your kind thoughts mean a lot to us.
In this post I’ll share how the cyclone affected Fiji and what our team are doing to help.
For those who don’t know, even though the majority of our customers are based in USA, UK, Europe and other parts of the world, we are actually based in the beautiful islands of Fiji.
On 20th February, our islands were hit by the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji on record. In fact, we found out later that it is the second strongest cyclone to have been recorded to had made landfall anywhere in the world.
Cyclone Winston has been classified as a Category 5 storm. Wind gusts of 306 km/h (190 mph) were recorded.
Our company is based in Suva, the capital city. While the cyclone was originally expected to go through Suva, we were spared when the storm changed course.
There was some rain and wind damage but it was small compared to what happened elsewhere in Fiji.
Cyclone Winston inflicted extensive damage on many islands and so far 44 people have been confirmed dead. It is estimated that approximately 40% of Fiji’s population has been significantly affected by the storm.
The response from people in Fiji and the International community has been amazing. Many Governments have provided money, supplies and people to assist those in need.
People who were not affected directly in the main centers have also mobilised themselves and done their best to reach people in affected areas with rations and supplies.
I went out with some friends the week after the cyclone to do the same. The following photo is an area that was previously green rain forest. The pictures in this post speak for themselves and show just how ferocious the winds must have been.
The team at Standss knows how lucky we were. Things could have been much worse for us personally and for our country if the major populated areas such as Suva and Nadi had been hit.
We have set aside a minimum $10,000 to donate to various charities in Fiji who are leading the relief efforts.
50% of this has already been handed over to Save the Children Fiji who have been chosen as one of the lead organizations to assist in getting children back into school as quickly as possible.
We know that will be a difficult task as many schools have been severely damaged. In addition to that many children have lost all their school supplies.
It is essential that children get back to school as soon as possible. The educational benefits are obvious but being back in school also has other benefits. Children get those hours to be in a safe environment… to be with their friends… to be children.
We wish Save the Children Fiji the very best with this important and difficult task.
I want to finish off with a final picture. During our trip to the affected areas we also took a few bags of lollipops to distribute to the kids (I know that it’s not good for them but a small treat after the trauma won’t do any harm).
The cyclone may have set us back but it won’t take away the Fijian smiles that our country is famous for.
As we now say in Fiji… We are Stronger Than Winston.
I’d like to finish by saying thank you to all our customers. We are only able to give back to our community because of your support.
Thank you for giving us the ability to help others in this time of need.
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