Entourage 2008 & Spotlight

Spotlight search in Entourage 2008 is so fast, this one feature makes the upgrade to Entourage 2008 worthwhile. If you’ve been disappointed with Spotlight in the Finder, you’ll find using Spotlight within Entourage 2008 to be easy and blazingly fast. You don’t get results from other file types and there is no setting for kind or type. You can search by a folder, but searching “all messages” is so fast you don’t have to worry . . .

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Are you a top or bottom poster?

This article explains the options available for signature placement when replying to messages and gives some options for the alternatives to the built in limitations. . . .

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Connect Entourage 2008 to Apple’s Mobile Me

Having a MobileMe account doesn’t mean having to use Apple’s Mail application. Any E-mail application can connect to MobileMe since it is just a standard mail service.

When Apple converted its .Mac service to MobileMe, it also made some changes to its servers as well. Some users of their service have noticed they are receiving certificate errors or are having connection problems. Following are the basic setup instructions for Entourage users to reconnect to their . . .

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Microsoft AutoUpdater

The Microsoft Autoupdater (MAU) for Office 2008 is now tucked out of view of Spotlight. In the past the Microsoft AutoUpdater could be found at the root level of the Application folder. If you are using both Office 2004 and Office 2008 you will need both updaters. Neither will be able to see the other’s updates. If your version is not fully updated or you are wondering what happens to the download file, continue reading… . . .

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Using Quick Look in Entourage

One of the features introduced in Mac OS X 10.5, or Leopard, is Quick Look, which allows you to view the contents of a file without actually opening it. Apple has made sure that Quick Look works with a variety of file formats, including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. For more information, check Apple’s website. Quick Look is prominently featured in the Finder, but as a feature at the level of the operating system, it is also available to other applications. For example, Apple has built the feature into its own e-mail software, called Mail; as a result, you can use Quick Look to preview your attachments instantaneously, without having to open any supplementary application. The question that must be on your mind right now is: can I use Quick Look in Entourage as well? The answer to that question is: no, but yes. . . .

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Easily open Windows UNC paths in Entourage using WinShortcutter

Windows users can sometimes be a little blind to the fact that not everything acts like Windows. A perfect example of this is when they send Windows UNC (Universal Naming Convention) paths to Mac users. They expect the Mac folks to be able to click the link in an E-mail message and go straight to a folder on a file server.

What are UNC paths? Those are sometimes short but often long links that look . . .

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