I recently ran an informal training on Outlook, here are some of my tips and tricks

Since I wanted to put on a good training I tried to find some good tips.

What started the whole thing off was when I pushed out the DumpsterAlwaysOn setting to allow our users to recover even their hard deleted emails.

This is done by creating an .ADM, opening up group policy editor, adding an admin template, IN ORDER TO SEE IT YOU MUST GO TO VIEW, FILTERING, and uncheck the Only show policy settings that can be fully managed!

Here is the .ADM

CLASS MACHINE
CATEGORY “[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange\Client\Options]”
KEYNAME “SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange\Client\Options”
POLICY “DumpsterAlwaysOn”
PART “DumpsterAlwaysOn” NUMERIC
VALUENAME “DumpsterAlwaysOn”
DEFAULT 1
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
CLASS USER

Then they can recover it by going to Recover Deleted Items (of course based on their exchange policy)

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/MF022.html

The next useful thing I covered was deleting invalid e-mail addresses from the Autocomplete List.

http://email.about.com/od/outlooktips/qt/et_del_autocomp.htm

I showed them how you should not trust an email as a ‘real’ document because of how easy it is to edit them….

http://email.about.com/od/outlooktips/qt/et_edit_receive.htm

The next was adding the back button to Outlook

http://blogs.msdn.com/justsean/archive/2008/08/09/stupid-outlook-tricks-the-back-button.aspx

And then I explored using Xobni a very useful outlook addon.

One of those dumb default settings in Internet Explorer

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Have you ever had Internet Explorer open and then click on a link from an email message and have it take over the window… isn’t that annoying. Well, there is a simple checkbox that disables that if you open up Tools, Internet Options, Advanced, and uncheck the Reuse windows for launching shortcuts. But what if you want to push that out to your entire Active Directory?

This post from dmarelia at http://x220.minasi.com/forum/post.asp?method=ReplyQuote&REPLY_ID=42635&TOPIC_ID=10529&FORUM_ID=34

Has an .adm that you can create to push out this setting

I created a custom ADM to do this. Just copy and paste the following text into an .adm file and load it into your GPO:

Class USER

CATEGORY !!IE
POLICY !!IEAdvanced
EXPLAIN !!IEAdvanced_Help
KEYNAME “Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main”
VALUENAME “AllowWindowReuse”
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
[strings]
IE=”Internet Explorer”
IEAdvanced=”Re-use Windows for Launching Shortcuts”
IEAdvanced_Help=”Enabling this policy means that new sites visited in IE will open in existing windows rather than launching new ones. Disabling this policy prevents window re-use”

For more help on how to import an .adm and to be able to view it (hint click to un-mark the “Only show policy settings that can be fully managed” option. Then click Ok.) go to this helpful site

http://www.petri.co.il/adding_new_administrative_templates_to_gpo.htm