Don't Let Windows Run Updates Automatically

I was in the middle of an Outlook workshop last week, and Windows notified me that it was about to run an update. I clicked to postpone the update for 4 hours. In four hours, I was still teaching and didn’t get the postpone option. Fortunately, the updates didn’t take long, and after a short break, I was able to continue (after the reboot).

I don’t want this to happen again, so I’ve changed my settings. Here’s how for either Windows Vista or Windows 7.

1. Click the Start button, type Windows Update in the Start Search box.
2. Click Change Settings (you’ll see it in the left column). Then, in the drop-down list, choose Download updates but let me choose whether to install them.

Don’t procrastinate about doing this the way I’d done. I was fortunate the updates ran quickly.



Don't Send Email Messages Full of >>>

One of my email pet peeves is to receive a message from someone and it’s chocked full of carets (<>>>). With some Web-based email solutions, messages you reply to might end up with them. Clean that mess up before you send it on to someone else!

Here’s how step by step, and I’ve added a video below.

In Outlook 2007, use the Find and Replace command to find carets and replace all of them with nothing.

  1. Select the text in the email message that’s infested with the carets.
  2. Press and hold down your Ctrl key and type H (Ctrl+H).
  3. In the Find what box, type >. Leave the Replace with box empty (to replace > with nothing).
  4. Click Replace All, OK.

If you end up with blank spaces at the beginning of each line, the following trick will eliminate it.

  1. Select all the text you just changed.
  2. Press Ctrl+E to center it, then press Ctrl+L to left-align it. All extra spaces will be gone.

If you wouldn’t send a letter on your company stationery infested with junky characters, then don’t do it in email.

Here’s a How-To Video