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Download the Super Rugby 2012 Schedules to Your Outlook

By standss - Comments ( 1 ) Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The Super Rugby 2012 will kick off next week (24th February), so for all you rugby fans who would not want to miss a single match, or at least not your favourite teams matches, here’s how you can download the times for all the games into your Outlook Calendar.

1. Make sure that your computer is setup to the correct time zone. This step is important to ensure that the game time gets shown at the correct time depending on where in the world you are. Go to the Windows Control Panel and open Date and Time.

Data and Time Setup

(Your screen may be slightly different depending on the version of Outlook… it may have a separate tab for Time Zone).

Make sure that the correct Time Zone is displayed i.e. the time zone of where YOU are. (I am in Fiji so the screen shot above says Fiji). Click on Change time zone if you need to.

2. Click on the link below and save the .ics file to your desktop
Download Super Rugby 2012 Schedule

3. Import the downloaded file into your Outlook by using the following steps. If you are using Microsoft Outlook 2010, click FileOpenImport. For all other versions of Outlook, click FileImport & Export.

Import and Export

4. Select Import an iCalendar (ics) or vCalendar file (vcs) from the list and click Next.

5. Use the screen that comes up to select the ics file that was downloaded in Step 1.

(You may get the following extra steps depending on the version of Outlook you are using)

Prompt

Click either Open as New or Import. (I simply imported it to my main Outlook Calendar as it then synched with my Iphone too)

The times for all the games will now be in your Outlook.

Enjoy the games and may the best team win.

Thank you Green and Gold Rugby: Source for the .ics file

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How to Change Your Outlook Email From line

By standss - Comments ( 0 ) Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Do you need to change the way that your name appears in the Inbox of people receiving your emails? Here’s how you can change the FROM field.

But before that, why is this important?

Having a From field that readers recognize makes your email stand out from other emails. It increases the chances that your email will be opened but… changing it could also result in your Outlook Emails not getting opened.

If you’ve decided you are going to change the From line…

  • In Outlook 2010, click File > Account Settings.
    In Outlook 2007, click Tools > Account Settings.
    In Outlook 2003, click Tools > E-mail Accounts > select View or change existing email accounts > click Next
  • Select an email account from the list and click Change.
  • Make the change in the Your Name field.

your_name_settings

  • Click Next. (Wait for Outlook to do some tests)
  • Click Finish.

Related Posts

If you sending marketing or sales newsletters, we recommend you read  The importance of FROM in your Outlook email newsletters and flyers before changing anything.

Outlook Appointments in a Different Time Zone

By standss - Comments ( 2 ) Friday, January 27th, 2012

Do you have meetings with people in other time zones. We’ve talked about displaying multiple time zones in Outlook previously.

Here’s another time zone tip (for users of Outlook 2010 only). This lets you enter appointments based on the time in another time zone without having to convert it to local time.

* Open your appointment

* Click Time Zones on the ribbon. Outlook will add a time zone drop-down next to the appointment time.

Now you can enter the time of the appointment if the appointment time is given to you based on the time in the other time zone… and Outlook will automatically add it in your calendar at the correct time in your Time Zone.

(Thank you to Ben M. Schorr who writes at OfficeForLawyers for this tip).

Note: If you’re trying to find a suitable time for a meeting based on both your time zones then the tip in displaying multiple time zones in Outlook is better as it lets you see the times in the two zone side-by-side.

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Better Emails: Proof-listen (instead of proof-read) in Outlook

By standss - Comments ( 2 ) Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

How many times have you used Outlook to send out emails with correctly spelt but the wrong words in them?

The mistake I have personally made more than once is “I look forward to jeering from you” instead of “I look forward to hearing from you”… h and j are next to each other on the keyboard!

These mistakes are easy to pick up if you use Outlook’s built-in (but well hidden) feature that will read the email aloud to you.

Windows already has the ability to read text back to you. Here’s how you can add a button inside Outlook to read out selected text to you.

The following tip works in Outlook 2010 only.

How to add the button

  • Create a new email.
  • Right Click on a blank area of the Ribbon
  • Click Customize Quick Access Tool Bar
  • Choose Commands not in Ribbon in drop down

Word Options

  • Scroll and select Speak
  • Click Add
  • Click OK

Outlook will add a new button to your Quick Access Tool Bar as shown below.

Speak icon

How to use the button to get Outlook to read the email aloud to you

  • Create a new email
  • Type some text
  • Select the text that you want read out to you.
  • Click the new button that was added in the previous steps.
  • Outlook will read the email out to you.

Next Steps

You may also want to add the “Speak Selected Text” button to your Inbox so that you read emails that you are reading in your Reading Pane. Go to your Inbox and follow the steps above to add the button.

Finally you can also open an email that you have received and follow the same steps so that you can hear any email that you have received or already sent.

This simple tip has improved the quality of my emails… it’s so some much nicer to hear from customers instead of being jeered at.

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Strategies for Outlook Sent Items Emails

By standss - Comments ( 0 ) Thursday, November 10th, 2011

There are four things that we can do with emails sent from Outlook: 1) leave them in the Sent Items folder 2) Delete them 3) File them to another folder or 4) Leave a copy in the Sent Items folder and file a copy in another folder.

Here is how QuickFile for Outlook users can do all of these things almost automatically.

QuickFile for Outlook displays the Send&File screen every time you send out an email (i.e. the screen is displayed when you click Send).

Send and File screen

To leave the email in the Sent Items folder:
Click Send Only on QuickFile’s Send&File screen.

If you don’t want this prompt to be displayed (i.e. you want all sent emails to simply stay in the Sent Items folder), you can change the settings .

  • On the QuickFile Toolbar/Ribbon > Click More > Settings…
  • Under the General tab, you will find the option “Action to take when Send clicked
  • From the Drop-down menu, select Do Normal Send
  • Click OK

To delete the email after it is sent (i.e. you do not want a copy in the Sent Items folder or in any other folder)

Click Send & Delete when QuickFile for Outlook displays the Send&File screen.

To file the sent email into another folder and leave a copy in the Sent Items folder:

  • On the Send & File screen, select the folder to which you want to file a copy of the email
  • Click on the Show Options >> link on the bottom right corner of the screen
  • Select the option “File a COPY of email
  • Click Send & File button

If you normally want to file emails this way, you can change the relevant setting on the QuickFile settings screen.

  • On the QuickFile Toolbar/Ribbon > Click More > Settings…
  • Under the General tab, go to the section “Action to take upon Button Click
  • From the Drop-down list for Send & File:, select File a copy of email to folder
  • Click OK

To file the sent email out of the Sent Items folder and into another folder:

  • On the Send & File screen, select the folder to which you want to file the email
  • Click on the Show Options >> link on the bottom right corner of the screen
  • Select the option “File/Move original email
  • Click Send & File button

If you normally want to file emails this way, you can change the relevant setting on the QuickFile settings screen.

  • On the QuickFile Toolbar/Ribbon > Click More > Settings…
  • Under the General tab, go to the section “Action to take upon Button Click
  • From the Drop-down list for Send & File:, select File/Move original email to folder
  • Click OK

We hope this blog post helps you get more out of QuickFile for Outlook. . If you’re not a user yet, you can view a demo video of Quick File for Outlook or download a free Outlook addon trial from our website today.

Marketing with Outlook: How to Send your Catalogue

By standss - Comments ( 3 ) Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

It’s that time of the year when Outlook users will start sending out holiday emails. One of the things that you may choose to do is to email out your catalogue to your customers. You have two options: Giving users a link from which they can download the catalogue or attaching the catalogue to your email.

Should you be attaching the catalogue to your email or giving users a link to download it from your website?

And the answer is that it depends… on the size of your catalogue and the number of people that you will be sending it out to.

The advantages of attaching the Catalogue to your Email

Customer is more likely to read the catalogue: The customer does not have to do anything extra to read your catalogue. It’s already there with the email and they can simply open it up and start reading.

(We recommend that you send the catalogue in PDF format. Everyone has a PDF reader so your customer won’t need to download any special software and more importantly, your file will stay formatted properly and display to the user the way you intended.)

The disadvantages of attaching the Catalogue to your email

Time to send emails: If you are sending out a lot of emails and/or your attachment is a big file, then the emails may take a long time to send out of Outlook.

Time to download emails (annoyed customers): If your file is too big, it may take a while to download, which could end you annoying the customer.

Customers may not get emails: Files with attachments also have less deliverability. It is likely that your catalogue consists of “sales talk” that could be regarded as spam causing your email to end up in the Outlook’s Junk Emails folder instead of the Inbox.

So what should you do…

  1. If you are sending a small file to a few or many people, you may choose to send it as an attachment via email.
  2. If you are sending a large file to a few people (who know you personally and work closely with you), you may choose to send it as an attachment via email.
  3. If you are sending a large file to many people, we recommend that you upload the file to the web and send customers a link via email.

And finally…

We recommend that all marketing emails (with or without attachments) should be individually addressed to the recipients (i.e. send a separate email to each person). Studies have shown that emails sent this way are up to 3X more likely to be opened and read.

Our customers know how easily you can do this from inside Outlook using an addon such as Email Merge PRO for Outlook. If you’re not a user yet, you can view a demo video of Email Merge for Outlook  or download a free Outlook addon trial from our website today.

Your Personal Email Security Guard in Outlook

By standss - Comments ( 2 ) Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

In a earlier post, I mentioned how emails are causing stress and frustrations for many people and showed how you can take control of your emails.

With so many emails to handle each day, it is very common for us to make mistakes (we are all human after all), and if you are running a business, particularly a professional business, this mistakes can make you look unprofessional and waste precious billable time.

Please raise your hand if you ever:

  • Forgot to attach a document to an email message (which delays matters or could even result in missed deadlines)
  • Clicked Reply when you meant Reply-All (and thereby forgot to keep everyone in the loop)
  • Clicked Reply-All when you meant Reply (and accidentally disclosed confidential information to the wrong people)
  • Forgot to write a subject or sent an email with an old subject line (the correct subject on an email generally gets a much better response
  • Fired off an angry message that you later regretted.
  • Emailed someone using the wrong email address (for those of us with more than one email address).

This errors may not seem so much but in a professional environment, they could make a person (company) look unprofessional and waste valuable time.

Our Outlook Addin SendGuard, protects you from all these mistakes by automatically warning you if it detects the possibility of any of the above mistakes (and more).

It acts like your own email security guard running in the background. SendGuard works inside Outlook and takes no time to learn – you continue to write and send your emails the same way you always have. SendGuard will automatically warn you and let you take corrective action if it detects a mistake.

Click here to download a fully functional 30 day trial of SendGuard addin.

Do you have your own methods of preventing common emailing mistakes?

Please do share it with us by leaving a comment below.

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Keep Outlook Emails as Unread until after you actually read them

By standss - Comments ( 20 ) Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

For big parts of my day my Outlook Inbox is where I work. I read many of my emails in the Outlook reading pane (the preview of the email while I am still in my Inbox). I also use the fact that unread emails still need some action from me. The problem is that as I step through emails, they get marked as having been read, even though I may not have actually read them.

Here’s a setting that one of my team member (Thank you Anand) pointed out to me that you can quickly change… now Outlook will only mark an email as read if you’ve spent a minimum time on it.

I’ve set mine to 5 seconds. That way if I am on an email for less than 5 seconds it stays unread. Anything longer than 5 seconds and Outlook assumes that I have read the email. You can use any time setting that fits the way you work.

For Outlook 2016/2013/2010:

  • Click on File > Options
  • Click on Mail from the left side column
  • Click on the Reading Pane button on the right
  • On the Reading Pane dailog box, tick the checkbox for “Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane
  • Enter a time in the box beside “Wait XX seconds before making item as read”
  • Click OK and than OK again

For Outlook 2007/2003:

  • Click Tools on the menu > Options…
  • Click the Other tab
  • Click on the Reading Pane… button
  • On the Reading Pane dailog box, tick the checkbox for “Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane
  • Enter a time in the box beside “Wait XX seconds before making item as read”
  • Click OK and than OK again

I hope that this little tip makes your life in Outlook a little bit easier.

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Email Marketing Tips for Accidental Salespeople

By standss - Comments ( 1 ) Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Right now a lot of you might be wondering… who are ACCIDENTAL SALESPEOPLE?

Well to keep it simple, these are people (like me) who have found themselves becoming salespeople because of the needs of their business and I’m sure there are others like me.

For the sake of this people, here are some of the Email Marketing Tips that are used and recommended by Real Salespeople:

TIP #1: Send a SEPARATE EMAIL TO EACH PERSON, personalized with personal data if appropriate.

Make sure that each person gets a separate email with only their own name in the To field. You can further personalize the content of the email with the person’s name and any other data you want if it adds to the value of your message.

  • Do NOT send just one email with everyone’s name stuffed in the To or CC field. It lets everyone know everyone else who is getting the email.
  • Don’t send the email to yourself (or undisclosed recipients) and BCC everyone else. It looks unprofessional and makes your email look like SPAM… both to the readers and to most spam filtering software.

TIP #2: Email your list with RELEVANT (and hopefully INTERESTING) information

The information you send to customers must be relevant to them… otherwise you will quickly find yourself banished from their Inbox to their Junk Emails folder.

  • Don’t spam your customers. Write content that they are interested in. That way they will WHITE LIST you so that your emails will stay out of their Junk Emails and get into their inbox.  

TIP #3: Email your list at the appropriate interval.

What is the appropriate interval between emails? Not so long that they have a hard time remembering who you are… and not so frequently that they lose interest in what you’re writing.

  • Don’t train your customers to ignore your emails… if you send them too much information, they won’t make time to look at it.

TIP #4: Segment Your Customers and Prospects (or you could end up losing sales)

Not everyone in your list of customers and prospects are interested in everything you sell. Try and group them into different segments… and then send different emails based on the needs of each group.

  • Outlook has a very powerful feature called Categories that you can use to segment your contacts. Unfortunately it is not as easy as it could be to do email merges with this!

TIP #5: KNOW why you are writing the email… What is in it for the reader? What is in it for you… what do you want the reader to do?

Why are you writing a particular email… Is it to inform the customer of a new product… is to inform them of a promotion you are running?

Is there something you want the customer to do… maybe click on a link… or call you… or download a file?

  • If you want your customers or prospects to do something then ask them to do it… they can’t read your mind! (You’d be surprised what a difference in conversion rates this simple tip will make)

TIP #6: Write your Emails in a way that gets into their Inbox (and not Junk Emails) folder.

We often get asked by prospective customers if our Email Merge for Outlook can guarantee that their emails end up in Inboxes instead of Junk Mail folders.

Email Merge does many things to improve your chances of staying out of SPAM folders but guess what… if your email is basically spam then chances are it will be blocked.

TIP #7: Respect your customers wishes… don’t send them marketing emails if they’ve asked you to stop

If your customer has asked you politely (the first email is usually polite) to not send them marketing emails then STOP. You will probably need to contact them via email again… use their email address against their wishes and you may find that you get blocked off.

These are if you like the 7 tips that can help you with your Email Marketing efforts.

If you have any other tips, please share it with us and our many readers by leaving a comment below.

How to Set Reminders for Outlook Emails

By standss - Comments ( 3 ) Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Often the emails that we receive require some future actions for example to setup a meeting with a client or making a phone call on a particular date/time. Ofcourse you can create a new Appointment or a Task to do the same but in this post, I will show you how easy it is to set reminders on the email itself.

In Outlook 2010 (When a message is closed)

  • In your Inbox, select a message
  • Under the Home tab > go to the Tags group
  • Click Follow Up > Add Reminder
  • On the Custom dialog box, tick the Reminder checkbox. This activates the Reminder date and time boxes beneath the checkbox.
  • Select a date and time for the reminder to appear. Additionally you have the option to select what sound to play when a reminder appears by click on the Sound button.
  • Click OK.

The message will now be automatically flagged for follow up and the reminder will appear at the date and time specified.

In Outlook 2010 (When a message is open)

  • Under the Message tab > go to the Tags group
  • Here on the steps will be the same (as above) as when the message is closed.

In Outlook 2007 (When a message is closed)

  • In your Inbox, right-click the message
  • Click Follow Up > Add Reminder
  • On the Custom dialog box, tick the Reminder checkbox. This activates the Reminder date and time boxes beneath the checkbox.
  • Select a date and time for the reminder to appear. Additionally you have the option to select what sound to play when a reminder appears by clicking on the Sound button.
  • Click OK.

The message will now be automatically flagged for follow up and the reminder will appear at the date and time specified.

In Outlook 2007 (When a message is open)

  • On the open message window, click Follow Up on the Ribbon > Add Reminder
  • Here on the steps will be the same (as above) as when the message is closed.

In Outlook 2003 (When a message is closed)

  • In your Inbox, right-click the message
  • Click Follow Up > Add Reminder…
  • On the Flag for Follow Up dailog box, select a Due by date (and optionally a time for the reminder to appear).
  • Click OK

The message will now be automatically flagged for follow up and the reminder will appear at the date and time specified.

In Outlook 2003 (When a message is open)

  • On the open message window, click Actions on the menu
  • Click Follow Up > Add Reminder…
  • Here on the steps will be the same (as above) as when the message is closed.

Do you think that this is much easier then setting up new Appointments and Tasks?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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