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How to fix “Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013” on a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Server

Windows Server 2012 R2

After deploying an RDS (formerly Terminal Server) server for a client recently, every time a user started Outlook 2013 they received the message “Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013”.

This slows up the Outlook load time by a second or two and doesn’t look very good, so let’s look at how to resolve it.

Office 2013 - please wait while windows configures microsoft office 64 bit components 2013

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Outlook 2013: How to save Sent Items in a Shared Mailbox

Outlook 2013

In this post I’ll show you how to save Sent Items in a Shared Mailbox in Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2010.

In a lot of companies I work with there are instances where a department will use a Shared Mailbox which users will have Send As permissions to. When a user sends an email as the shared mailbox it will often end up inthe user’s Sent Items rather than the Shared Mailbox’s Sent Item.

To change this behaviour you need to make a Registry Edit.

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Outlook 2013: How to disable reading pane replies

Outlook 2013

In this post I’ll show you how to disable reading pane replies in Outlook 2013.

If you use the reading pane in Outlook 2013 the default action on replies and forwards is to edit the message within the reading pane. If you want to change this so that all replies and forwards open in a new window here’s how.

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New Office Visio stencil released

Microsoft Visio

Microsoft has just released a new Office Visio stencil.

This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. Continue reading

Office 2013 SP1 now available

Office 2013

It’s been a busy week for Microsoft, as well as Update Rollups for Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010, and the first Service Pack for Exchange 2013 they have also released the first Service Pack for Office 2013.

The Office 2013 SP1 provides security enhancements, and improved compatability with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. It will become available on Windows Update within the next 30 days.

The 32bit version is approx 643MB in size and the 64 bit version 774Mb in size, so definitely worth waiting to deploy it with WSUS.

Further details can be found on the Office Update blog here.

A description and download links can be found here on KB2817430.

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Office 2013 Quick Start Guides available

Office 2013 Quick Start Guide

For early adopters and those of you who have skipped the previous version of Microsoft Office, you may find the Office 365 / Office 2013 layout a bit of a challenge at first to navigate. Microsoft love moving things around to keep us on our toes!

But to help you out Microsoft have released a series of Quick Start Guides which should help you find your way.

The guides cover, Access 2013, Excel 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, and Word 2013 and are individually downloadable.

They can be found here.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/office-2013-quick-start-guides-HA103673669.aspx

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How to change the Office 2013 Colour Scheme

Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 is not easy on the eye, personally I find the lack of contrast and available colour schemes to be one of the reasons why i don’t enjoy using it as much as Office 2010.

Currently there are three colour schemes available to you, White, Light Grey and Dary Grey. Screen shots of each are at the end of the article, but you will struggle to see much of a difference between them.

If you want to change the colour scheme, open any of the office applications. Select the File tab, and then click Office Account. You’ll be presented with the following options if you are not signed in to your Microsoft account.
Office 2013 Office Acount Settings not signed in.

Or if you are signed in, you get the additional option of an Office Background (thanks Microsoft).

Office 2013 Office Acount Settings signed in.

White Colour Scheme
Outlook 2013 White Colour Scheme
Light Grey Colour Scheme
Outlook 2013 Light Grey Colour Scheme

Dark Grey Colour Scheme
Outlook 2013 Dark Grey Colour Scheme

Hopefully, more colour schemes will be available in the future?

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