Use Smart Folder to view Unread only

If you are having trouble seeing the difference between read and unread messages in Outlook you aren’t alone. This was one of the hot topics on the forums this week.

You could assign a category using a rule to all incoming messages to color unread messages, but you would have to manually remove the category. Not a good option for busy users. I suggest using 1) a Smart Folder for Unread only (Entourage called these . . .

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Entourage coexists with Office 2011 Home & Student

Now that an email client is not included in the Home & Student version of Office 2011, users are asking ‘can I continue to use Entourage’? The answer is yes! See Microsoft KB: 2394241 for full details. You cannot find Entourage 2008 after installing Office for Mac 2011

If you decide at a later time that you want to upgrade Office 2011 Home & Student to include Outlook, you will be able to upgrade to . . .

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Clear the confusion over Date Received and Date Sent

New Office for Mac 2011 users are busy importing their Entourage mail or Windows .pst files and panicking when they see everything has a Date Received of “right now”. What happened?

Exactly what is suppose to happen.

What you should be asking is “Why have both of these types of dates? Aren’t they the same thing?”

No, not at all.

Dates and data and metadata! Oh my!

Every E-mail message that is received is stored . . .

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Office 2011 DVDs purchased from Best Buy fail on older computers

It seems that the Office 2011 DVDs purchased from Best Buy cannot be used on older computers that do not have a “superdrive”. You need a drive that can read double layered DVDs.

One user reported he returned it to the store and they attached a “superdrive” unit via USB port and Office 2011 was able to be installed. I suggest making a disk image in case you need to re-install in the future.

Academic version available for Office 2011

Microsoft will offer an academic edition for Office 2011. The Academic edition of Office 2011 is available only to higher education students and contains one activation. It is equivalent to the Home & Business edition (contains Outlook with Exchange support) but is not available to the general public. Students must purchase their copy through qualified educational channels.

Microsoft Office 2011 will offer these editions:

Academic Edition full packaged product (FPP) can be acquired from . . .

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Outlook forum added for support

Outlook questions have been showing up in the Office, Entourage and Other Products forums. Just announced, a forum for Outlook.

Visit the Outlook Forum for help.

New OfficeforMac.com site is launched

Hello OfficeforMac.com and goodbye Mactopia.com. Microsoft launched it’s new site to support Office for Mac 2011. The Microsoft Store is still showing as under construction tonight, but should be open for business shortly to purchase Office for Mac 2011 via download. A trial version is not available yet, but we should see that option early next year.

Be sure to check out the new How-To section.

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Office 2011 will install on new 11.6 inch Macbook Air

The new 11.6 inch Macbook Air has a 1366 X 768 resolution and the minimum system requirements for Office 2011 requires a 1200 X 800 resolution screen.

Office 2011 will install. Apple stores have it installed if you want to check it out. Be aware that the overall Mac Office ‘experience’ could be different on the lower resolution.

One user reported:

Excel opens a window that goes below the screen. Click the “+” button then . . .

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Spell check differs in Outlook

You might notice a difference when using spell check in Outlook. Outlook uses the Mac OS X spell checker because of its Cocoa underpinnings. The rest of Office is still Carbon-based and uses the dictionaries supplied by Office.

A user asked the following question on the Mactopia forums:

Why in the Finnish language version of Office 2011 there is no Finnish spell check in Outlook although the language of the program is Finnish . . .

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Purchase Office 2011 or download the trial Tuesday 26 Oct

You will be able to purchase or download Office for Mac 2011 from Microsoft starting Tuesday, 26 Oct. Office for Mac 2011 will be available in stores in the US, Canada, Japan and several other countries this coming Tuesday, 26 Oct. Remaining countries to follow shortly. It will also ship from Amazon on that date if you have pre-ordered.

Update: Sorry for the confusion. You will be able to download and purchase Office 2011, but . . .

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