Basics for a Successful Rebuild

The Database Utility is used to create, delete, set default identity and rebuild an identity. To access the Database Utility, hold down the Option key when launching Outlook. You can also find the Database Utility in the Microsoft Office 2011 folder in the Office folder.

/Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/Microsoft Database Utility.app

Rebuilding should be avoided unless there is database corruption. If your Identity will open, rather than rebuild, try exporting your data and move to a . . .

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Undocumented tip: Quickly scroll to a specific date in Outlook for Mac

I’ve used Outlook for Mac since it was released in Fall 2010 and love learning new tricks for how to use it. A reader in the Microsoft Answers forums posted this undocumented Outlook tip for quickly scrolling to a specific date in the distant past or far future.

Outlook for Mac has no go-to-date feature in its calendar that lets you specify and go to a date such as “March 16, 1950”. Your only option . . .

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Quit Safari to install or update Office 2011

You might have seen the directions to quit Safari before installing or updating Office 2011. If you are wondering why…. Office 2011 installs Internet Plugins ( SharePointBrowserPlugin.plugin SharePointWebKitPlugin.webplugin). Outlook also uses the Safari WebKit for rendering HTML so if Safari is left open when installing this could result in problems.

The installer only looks for the three most popular browsers (Safari, Chrome, and Firefox) to quit. If you are running another browser be sure to . . .

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Troubleshooting Office for Mac with Snow Leopard

Troubleshoot Office for Mac on Snow Leopard. Tips and steps to get Office running under Snow Leopard. . . .

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Use Contextual menus a.k.a. right-click

Increase Productivity Features & Functionality

The Finder and many other applications like Entourage take advantage of special shortcut menus called “contextual menus” (also called context menus in Windows). Once you know these menus are available, you’ll find them indispensable.

Different items appear in a shortcut menu, depending on the context. To see the shortcut menu for an item, hold down the Control key and click the item. For switchers this is the same as right-click. . . .

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Open new windows in the Views you want

Unless you know where to find them, you’ll never take advantage of some of the handy features in Entourage that could save you time or effort.

Increase Productivity

Features & Functionality

Go To: Views (select the easy way for you) You can open Entourage views (Mail, Address Book, Calendar, Notes, Tasks, Project Center) by selecting the icons in the toolbar. In case you haven’t noticed, if you click and hold on the icons, . . .

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Insert date and time stamp at the top of your notes

When you open notes in Entourage at the right end of the toolbar that offers font selection etc, there is an icon that represents the date and time, click that and you have an instant date and time stamp at the top of your notes.

Color me confused over updates

Confusion is rampant over (1) updating the AutoUpdater (MAU), (2) the updater for Office 2008 12.0.1 not showing up in the MAU, and (3) Entourage still showing as 12.0.0 after updating.

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Rebuilding a damaged database that exceeded size limit

This is a tip provided on the Macintosh News and Information List (Mac-L) list . It’s specifically for Entourage X, but the process might be useful for other versions of Entourage. Please send your feedback on your results if you try this method by leaving a comment.

Note added April 2009: This applies to any version of Entourage when trying to rebuild. The more space you have the more likely it will be successful. . . .

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Double-Click…How does it work?

A recent Entourage newsgroup member asked this question:

When I double-click a word to bold or underline, the space after it gets selected as well. Except for Word, no other program on the Mac does this! How do I get double-click to select just the word like every other program on Mac?

Command + click the word. Not as nice as being able to double-click but you’ll get the results you’re after.

(Answer provided by . . .

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