Set Outlook 2016 for Mac as default email app

Thanks to sandboxing, there is no setting in Outlook 2016 for Mac Preferences to set Outlook as the default email app. You can read the Microsoft KB: Outlook 2016 for Mac cannot be set as the default application in Mac OS X Yosemite for details on why this option was removed.

To set Outlook as default, you have open Apple Mail > Preferences > General tab to set Outlook as default. However there is a slight hitch to using Mail to set Outlook as default. If you don’t have Mail setup to use an email account, you can’t access preferences. Continue reading Set Outlook 2016 for Mac as default email app

Use TextSoap to clean up text in Outlook for Mac

Entourage users will remember the option we had to clean up text using Auto Text Cleanup. Auto Text Cleanup was not included in Outlook. If you are replying or forwarding an email, you have to manually clean up the text.

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You can replace Auto Text Cleanup with TextSoap. Not only does TextSoap work in Outlook, but all your applications. TextSoap v8.0 was just released with many new features. Check out the demo. I’ve used this great app for years and find it an invaluable tool.

  • Clean plain or rich text of unwanted formatting issues.
  • Create custom cleaners to match your specific text transformation needs.
  • Use batch file cleaning easily process a whole collection of files.

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How to quit Sync Services Agent

When you update Office 2011, you will have to quit Sync Services Agent and the Microsoft Database daemon. Some users are unable to quit these hidden processes. This article will cover several options to quit. If you are comfortable with using the Terminal option 6 has always worked for me.

Note: If you are trying to update an earlier version of Office 2011, you will need to quit all browsers in addition to the Microsoft Database daemon and SyncServicesAgent. (this requirement was removed in v 14.5) Continue reading How to quit Sync Services Agent

Click “Allow” or “Always Allow” to activate Office fails in El Capitan

Apple added new security in El Capitan (10.11.0) called System Integrity Protection (SIP). Adding to SIP, further changes to the Keychain Access.app in El Capitan 10.11.1 has resulted in problems selecting “Allow” or “Always Allow” for some users when trying to activate Office. The problem did not exist in previous versions of OS X. More info on SIP

Note: A recent Apple’s security update for Yosemite and Mavericks included the security fix that resulted in the issue reported in this article. (specifically CVE-2015-5943 )

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Should you remove Office for Mac 2011 after installing Office for Mac 2016?

Users are asking if they should remove Office for Mac 2011 and their Outlook 2011 Identities after installing Office for Mac 2016.

You should not remove Office for Mac 2011 before updating to Office for Mac 2016. After you have successfully installed Office 2016 and imported all your data from Outlook 2011, you can select to remove or leave the old version.

  • Users with lots of free drive space, do not need to remove Office 2011.
  • Users on small SSD drives will most likely want to remove Office 2011.

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AppleScriptTask in Office 2016 for the Mac

AppleScriptTask in Office 2016 for the Mac

In Office 2011 for the Mac there are many problems with the built-in VBA commands. For Example Dir, Kill, GetOpenFilename, GetSaveAsFileName and many others. For examplein Office 2011 file names in VBA are limited to a maximum of 32 characters including the extension. If the file name is longer the code fails.

VBA developers responded by using AppleScript in many situations to work around the problems. They also used AppleScript to do things that are not possible with VBA code; for example to email using VBA code, Excel 2011 and Outlook 2011.

In Office 2016, we need to use a new method and a new approach explained below.

Continue reading on Ron de Bruin’s Excel Automation site.

Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 14.5.2 Update

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.5.2 Update. (113.6 MB) Installation requires first installing the cumulative 14.1.0 (SP1) update if running an earlier version of Office for Mac 2011.

According to the new update’s description it addresses a few issues with Outlook.

Fixes include:

  • Outlook  Correctly displaying message attributions in replies and forwarded messages when using the “Last Name, First Name” convention to display names.
  • Outlook  Correctly displays “On behalf of” in message attributions in replies and forwarded meetings.
  • Outlook  Updated time zone information.

Users should quit all Office applications and web browsers prior to updating. This update is also available via the Microsoft AutoUpdate application. Select Check for Updates from the Help menu. It is also available for immediate download.

Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 14.5.1 Update

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.5.1 Update. (113.6 MB) Installation requires first installing the cumulative 14.1.0 (SP1) update if running an earlier version of Office for Mac 2011.

According to the new update’s description it addresses the Inbox Invisible bug on OS X Yosemite (10.10) systems introduced with the 14.5.0 update. Continue reading Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 14.5.1 Update

‘Inbox Invisible’ plagues Outlook 14.5.0 users running Yosemite

Microsoft released the Office for Mac 2011 14.5.0 update this past Tuesday and customers who’d installed the update on any version of Yosemite (OS X 10.10) began reporting their Outlook Main Window was invisible. Reverting to Office for Mac 14.4.9 by first uninstalling Office and then installing up to 14.4.9 is so far the only supported fix.

Dubbed Inbox Invisible by Rich Trouton on Der Flounder, Microsoft developer Erik Schwiebert posted an unofficial explanation for this behavior in his Twitter feed.

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Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 14.5.0 Update

Yosemite users, do not update to 14.5.0!

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.5.0 Update. (113.6 MB) Installation requires first installing the cumulative 14.1.0 (SP1) update if running an earlier version of Office for Mac 2011.

According to the new update’s description it addresses a security vulnerability that could allow code to run when opening a specially crafted Excel, PowerPoint or Word document. Typically, these vulnerabilities do not affect Macs, however, an update may correct issues in the Office for Mac applications to prevent crafting malicious documents.

This update does break Outlook for Mac 2011 running on Yosemite (10.10.x). Mavericks (10.9.5) and earlier supported systems are not affected.

Users should quit all Office applications and web browsers prior to updating. This update is also available via the Microsoft AutoUpdate application. Select Check for Updates from the Help menu. It is also available for immediate download.