Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Outlook Advanced Search Error


When you try to run Advanced Search in Microsoft Outlook following error appears

Outlook cannot perform your search. Outlook cannot display this view”

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Simple Search works fine but the issue only occurs when searching a shared or just one mailbox. All users that access this mailbox have same symptom.


Since all users are getting the same issue, its not just outlook. There is some wrong with the mailbox itself. In most cases it is a custom Search Folder that is creating this issue.

there are two ways to resolve this issue.

1. Delete the Search Folder that is not working properly (Right Click –> Delete Folder)



a. Create a new mapi profile for just that one mailbox and make sure that Outlook prompts you to choose a profile when opened

b. Go to Start –> Run or press Win+R keys and type outlook /cleanfinders press Enter

c. Choose the profile for the mailbox that has issue


Any of the above actions will clear the broken search folder, fixing the search issue.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Skype is now part of Microsoft

Together we will bring innovative technology to friends, families and colleagues everywhere. And now the future possibilities for our customers are even more exciting. We will enable more people to connect in more ways that transform and enhance their lives. And this is just the beginning.

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/?WT.mc_id=MSCOM_EN_US_DLC_DETAILS_122LSUS011889

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Microsoft Skype acquisition finalized

“I am delighted to announce the deal with Microsoft has formally closed, and Skype is now a division of Microsoft. This represents a huge leap forward in Skype's mission to be the communications choice for a billion people every day…”



Sunday, October 9, 2011

Send a WebPage to Kindle

I have been using a kindle for a few weeks now and I find it extremely useful.

Reading on computer screen is not comfortable specially I spend more than 20 minutes reading on an LCD my eyes start to hurt so Kindle is great for that. Anyways, since Amazon is not really paying me to advertise their Kindle I will get to the point.

There are many time when I am doing some research and I come across some great articles that I want to read online. I have two ways to read it on my Kindle

1. Go to the URL on experimental browser on kindle (not a great reading experience still)

2. Use a plugin with your browser (Chrome, Firefox) or an Android app to send the page converted to Kindle readable format (This is great!)

There is a tool called Kindle it, It allows me to send an webpage I am reading to my …@free.kindle.com email which converts it and sends it to my kindle.

To get the add-on visit

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Bulk Convert Office 97/2003 Files to Office 2007 or Office 2010


Many organizations are now using Office 2007 or Office 2010 most documents are still in legacy format. Although there is no harm with using doc files created in previous versions. But there are limitations with formatting options and manipulation of the overall document.

Microsoft provides with a tool that can help converting many doc file and a fileshare or a multiple directories to the new docx format.

here you can download tools for the relevant version of Office

Office 2007

Office 2010

with OMPM (Office Migration Planning Manager) one can batch convert old doc file to docx format.

Instructions to Migrate Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files to the 2007 Office system can be found here


Instructions to Convert binary Office files by using the Office File Converter (OFC) and Version Extraction Tool (VET) can be found here