Dayton asked us the following question:
I understood that I can use Macros in order to automate worksheet processing on Microsoft Excel. In Outlook I am looking for a similar capability in order to automate a data import from Excel into my Outlook message. For some reason I don’t see a way to Record Macros button as I can see in Word documents and Excel worksheets. Any idea how to enable macros on Outlook?
Thanks Dayton. As you pointed our correctly, creating macros by simply recording them is available on Word and Excel, but not on other Office applications such as Outlook (as well as PowerPoint, OneNote, Project).
Your safest choice would be to leverage Visual Basic for applications for writing your Macros. You’’ first need to enable the developer tab, and then write your own Macros using the VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) editor. Getting started with VBA is not easy, but MSDN has a great tutorial to get you through the basic of VBA for Outlook.
Here’s a note we received from Xavier:
I am using Outlook 2013 to read my Hotmail. The thing is that by default, Outlook refreshes my inbox every hour or so. Is there a way to make Outlook automatically refresh every 5 minutes or less?
Thanks Xavier for this question. As a matter of fact you can configure Outlook 2013 send / receive mechanism to fire off every few minutes as you might need. Here’s how:
The other day, a friend that runs Outlook 2013, was inquiring about storing his personal data in offline Outlook personal folders. We typically refer to these files as PST files. They are useful for storing all correspondence related to a particular subject in a separate folder offline, so searching and retrieval when offline will be easy.
Follow the steps given below to create pst files in Microsoft Outlook 2013.
Applicable to: Outlook.com on Windows (7,8,10), Android and IOS computers, as well as Apple Mail and other 3rd party mail apps on IOS.
Last update: February 2019
This thread started as a question from one of our readers about how to change his Hotmail / Outlook.com / Microsoft Mail password across multiple devices he owns. The original question is shown below:
I would like to change the Hotmail password in my computer. I also own a nice Galaxy Android phone which runs the Outlook.com application. Could you provide some information about how can i modify my account login info without losing access to my inbox, which is critical for me.
Thanks for the question.
Few years ago, Microsoft re-branded their Hotmail web email service and introduced Outlook.com.Still many of us stick to our beloved Hotmail email address, when using Outlook.com.
With the increasing amount of attempts to hijack web email accounts, it’s a good practice to modify your credentials every couple months.
In this post we’ll answer our reader question, and provide additional information aimed at covering Hotmail login info changes in Windows and iOS devices.
Important Note for Android users: As of February 2019, The Outlook.com app on mobile still doesn’t support Microsoft account login password modification and resets. Hence you should first modify your credentials from the Outlook.com site which you can easily access from your device browser (Edge, IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari). The entire process is detailed in the next section.
In this section we’ll learn how you can replace your Microsoft credentials.
Please be aware that the Microsoft account password is needed not only for Hotmail, but also for Skype, Microsoft Office 365 online and other Microsoft web services.
If this is your first attempt to modify your access credentials, good chances that Microsoft will require to verify your identity by sending a security code to additional mailboxes (by email) or cellular phones (by SMS) that you have provided during your account setup process.
First off, from your favorite web browser, login to the Outlook.com website and access your mailbox.
Then, on the right hand side, hit your user icon.
Next hit Edit Profile.
Now, in the Your Info area, hit Change password.
Next enter your current credentials and your new ones as shown below.
Back in your mailbox you’ll receive a new incoming message confirming your credentials modification.
A couple of readers have asked on what should they do in case that they simply don’t remember their Hotmail login credentials.
In that case, you’ll need to reset your password from the Outlook.com login page.
After you modify your password to a new one, proceed as following:
The way to modify your Outlook.com password for IOS depends in which app you’ll be using for accessing your Outlook email.
When using the default Mail application:
First off, if you are still running the legacy Hotmail app for some reason, consider upgrading, as Outlook.com has much better usability and features. If you opt to continue using your Hotmail app, follow the steps below to change your password in Android phones and Apple devices.
Android Phones :
iPods, iPhones and iPads :
Here’s a question from one of our readers,
My Outlook profile file (.pst) is corrupted, and I read somewhere that I can scan and repair it using scanpst.exe tool. However I can’t find it in Microsoft Outlook 2010. Where do I look for it?
Thanks for the question. As you have rightly said, the Scanpst.exe scans your corrupted Outlook profile and tries to repair it.
While Scanpst.exe does ship by default with Outlook 2010, it cannot be accessed from within Outlook. In fact, you cannot even run this utility without closing Outlook.
Once you’ve completely exited Outlook, open My Computer and go to Files\Microsoft Office\Office14, and you will find Scanpst.exe there.
Last updated: February 2019
Here is a question we got from one of our readers:
I am right now in the process of installing Outlook 365 software on my new computer. I also use a web version Google Calendar to manage my personal calendar. Probably a great idea to use Outlook to access both calendars? If so, i would like to ask you if there is a way to view Google calendar in Outlook and probably keep them in Sync?
Thanks for the question. Keeping your schedules in sync might be quite challenging if using several calendar management tools.
In this post, we would like to cover the most common use case of Outlook users, which is a one direction access between Outlook and Google (Outlook becomes the one-stop solution to access your meetings/appointments entries; but you can continue to update your Google Calendar as you see fit, as those will be synced into Outlook.
Note: Support for Internet Calendar is still not available as of Outlook 2019 for MAC OS X.
Couple of more advanced solutions that you might want to try if you are an advanced user:
Questions? Feel free to leave us a comment.