Outlook Contacts, Address Book, and Autocomplete

If you’ve ever typed a name into an Outlook message and seen the contact you want appear within the first few letters, you’ve enjoyed the benefits of autocomplete.

We’ve already discussed how to remove outdated e-mail suggestions from Outlook autocomplete (just select and Delete!). But what if you aren’t seeing all of the names you use regularly in your autocomplete list?

If they’re already in your Contacts, there’s an easy way to add them.

In Outlook 2007, go to Contacts, select all (Ctrl-A) and then go to Actions, Create, New message to contact. Once all of the contacts have been added to the To: line of your message, you can delete it without sending.

In Outlook 2010, go to Contacts, select all (Ctrl-A) and then on the Home tab click the E-mail button:

Once all of the contacts have been added to the To: line of your message, you can delete it without sending.


What a Headache Taught Me About Procrastination

This is a great metaphor. I hope I continually remember this.



My head is throbbing.

My neck hurts.

My eyes are sensitive to light.

My shoulders are tight.

Yes, I am suffering from the common malady: a headache.

It’s not my first rodeo. In fact, I know exactly what I can do to help it go away. And they are all pretty simple to do:

  1. take two Excedrin.
  2. drink a bunch of water
  3. have a snack, preferably with protein
  4. sniff some peppermint oil (trust me, it works)

And, presto, within a half an hour I will feel considerably better.

Yet for the past two hours or so (since the headache started) I have done none of these things.

What I have done is felt sorry for myself. Oh and I also complained to my 15 year-old daughter. I texted my best friend to tell her about it.

Then I felt sorry for myself a little longer. And then I remembered I…

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Las Campanas picks up steam after surviving recession

Las Campanas picks up steam after surviving recession

Las Campanas picks up steam after surviving recession

Published: April 9, 2014

Master-planned communities take time to develop, and the recession set some timetables back even further.

But Santa Fe’s massive Las Campanas luxury golf community has recently seen new life and has made some changes to generate more activity.

The 4,700-acre spread, which was first established in 1992, became a victim of the recession in 2008 when the original builders placed the property into bankruptcy, according to a 2012 report in the Dallas Morning News. In 2012,  Dallas-based Cienda Partners took control of the community’s undeveloped areas and made some key hires to spur further home sales.

The development has 700 homes, with 26 now under construction, but there are still about 1,000 more lots available.

Cienda Partners’ stake in Las Campanas is now operating under the Las Campanas Residential Holdings entity. It also opened a new real estate brokerage office at the development. Las Campanas Realty, located at the entrance to the community, will be staffed by two veterans with experience in luxury golf-community developments.

Nancy Zepeda is now the director of sales, and Sandra Halpin has been hired as the qualifying broker and marketing coordinator. Zepeda moved to Santa Fe from Tucson, where she had a 14-year run in real estate sales. Halpin moved to Santa Fe from Chicago 11 years ago and has been operating her own real estate brokerage in the City Different. The two will focus on both home and land sales at the community.

“They are working to bring Las Campanas back up to where it was when the market was better,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Hinsley. “They have experience in selling high-end properties that are associated with golf communities. It’s all about Santa Fe and capitalizing on potential buyers who have an interest in a second home or living in the Santa Fe area.”

Hinsley said the number of homes being built in the development already doubled between 2012 and 2013, which is a sign of the market coming back.

The Club at Las Campanas is a separate entity owned and operated by its members. Hinsley said owning real estate is not a requirement for membership, although many residents are club members. The club includes two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, the Las Campanas Equestrian Center, a spa, a fitness and tennis center and the Las Campanas Clubhouse.

Las Campanas is northwest of Downtown Santa Fe, and the realty office is at 218 Camino La Tierra. More information is  online at http://lascampanas.com.


Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

505.348.8315 | damonscott@bizjournals.com

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Outlook VBA Basics and Fixes….

I have searched the internet for a solution to VBA not working consistently in Windows 7 64 bit systems.

It was an OS problem, but affected all my Outlook VB code, as well as other ActiveX code.

Here is what I did to fix the problem.

Windows 7 has a service called ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV), which is described to provide UAC validation for the installation of ActiveX controls. I set this service to startup type "Automatic" in Control Panel: Administrative Tools: Services, and then rebooted.

All is now well and all my VB code works again, including my Outlook code.

Writing VBA code for Microsoft Outlook

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is one of two programming languages available for writing code in Outlook. (The other is VBScript, which is used by Microsoft Outlook custom forms. You can also automate Outlook using VBA in other Outlook applications. Even developers who program in other languages, such as VB.NET and C# from Visual Studio, will find Outlook VBA useful for exploring Outlook’s capabilities and prototyping. Among the useful procedures that you can write with Outlook VBA are:

  • Macros to run code on demand by pressing Alt+F8 or by adding the macro as a custom toolbar button
  • "Run a script" rule procedures that can be used to process incoming messages and meeting requests
  • Event handlers to respond to the user’s interaction with Outlook or with such events as Reminders.ReminderFire

Getting started with Outlook VBA

To launch VBA in Outlook, press Alt+F11. Macro security is set to High by default, which means that unsigned projects will not run. You can change macro security with the Tools | Macro | Security command. Also, you can use the Selfcert.exe program that comes with Office to generate a local security certificate for signing the project. For more pointers on getting started with Outlook VBA, see:

The key to using VBA with Outlook is understanding the Outlook Object Model, which defines what objects, properties, methods, and events are available to your code. The object model is the same for every language. Therefore, the information here on Outlook techniques can be applied to any code environment that uses Outlook objects.


Any code that you create in the Outlook VBA environment is stored in a file named VBAProject.otm. The location of this file depends on your exact Windows setup; see Outlook & Exchange/Windows Messaging Backup and Dual-Boot.

When you first open Outlook VBA, it will already have a built-in class module named ThisOutlookSession which supports an intrinsic Application object and its events. In addition to backing up the VBAProject.otm file, you might also want periodically to export the individual modules from the project and back them up, too.

You can copy the VBAProject.otm file to another user’s machine but the macros won’t run until the user has actually used one of the Tools | Macro commands. See Distributing Microsoft Outlook VBA Code for other thoughts and techniques on distributing VBA macros. Even though you can copy the VBAProject.otm file, it’s still not a supported method for distributing Outlook macros company-wide. A better method is to create an Outlook add-in.


How to Disable Tab browsing IE 11

I read on another Microsoft forum that it is by design and will not be changed.

Here’s what I found easiest on Win7:

-Right click on your title bar or menu bar

-Enable “Show tabs on a separate row”

-Goto Tools>Internet Options>Tabs

-Deselect all the Tabbed Browsing options

-Move down to the section: “When a new tab is opened, open:”

-In the drop down menu select “Your first home page”

Click “OK” and then “Apply”

Restart IE11. Going forward your will, unfortunately, have an extra bar across the top, but every time you open a new window it will be the first tab, so to speak. You won’t have all the tabs populated across the toolbar.