How To Print An Outlook 2007 Calendar With 15 Minute Increments

For many people the default setting in the Outlook calendar of 30 minutes time increments is not granular enough. For some, a 15 minute schedule is more useful. But the problem people run into with Outlook 2007 is trying to print showing 15 minute increments!

Need to print your schedule in 15 minute blocks? I’ll show you how in less than 2:

First off, lets make sure your Outlook calendar is showing the 15 minute day.

Open your calendar, select DAY or WEEK

Right click on the time bar to the left like this:


Select 15 Minute from the menu. Now you can see your daily schedule in the time increment of your choice. OK, lets get to the printing part.

In your Outlook Calendar select FILE –> PRINT and for the sake of this tutorial we’ll select a Daily Style – BUT WAIT! We need to DEFINE STYLES.. So click on DEFINE STYLES..


Then, let’s select Daily Style and choose EDIT like so:


And here comes the magic – reduce the time in the Print From – Print To range to 8 hours. For example, 9am to 5pm:


That’s it! That’s what you have been pulling out your hair over!

You can play around with other settings (I like really small fonts in my calendars) to customize the look and feel of your printouts. But just to show it really works, I present to you, an Outlook 15 minute day print preview:


Seems I’m free on the 17th . . .

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How To Show Non-Consecutive Days In One Outlook Calendar View

Every once-in-a-while a tip come along that makes you say “Huh! I didn’t know you could do that!” This is one of those tips.

Did you know you can display non-consecutive days in your Microsoft Outlook calendar view? You can. Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Switch to Calendar view
  3. Click any day in the small calendar view on the left in the Navigation pane.
    (No Navigation Pane? View–>Navigation Pane –> Normal)
  4. You will now see just the day you selected in the main calendar window

Now hang on Cowboys and Girls – Hold down the ALT key and click 2 or 3 or more days like this:


Holy Smokes! Look at the main window now – It’s the 3rd, 17th and 22nd – all in one window:


This will also work if you are viewing multiple calendars! Extremely handy when you want to see what everyone is doing next Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday . . . Or what you are doing for the next 3 Mondays and Fridays . . .Etc!

Play with it – you can select an entire week with random days attached . . . What do you think?!

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How To Update Your Twitter Status from Facebook

I have already addressed how to update your Facebook status from Twitter, but in the comments I was asked if you could do the opposite – update Twitter from Facebook. Yes You can!

There is a Facebook application called fb2twitter that will automate the process. The application is not fool-proof but it commands a pretty decent user feedback rating. Read up on the user comments if you have any issues.

Here’s another way to do it:

Log into Facebook.

Click this link:

You should get a page that looks like this:


On the bottom right-hand side you will see Subscribe to these Stories:


You want to save the address under My Status. That’s the RSS feed information we are going to give to TwitterFeed. So right click on My Status and copy the URL or click My Status and save the URL address from your browser.

Mine looks like this:

Now head over to TwitterFeed and create an account or login (I just used my Google account information to sign in.).

Once signed in to TwitterFeed, create a new feed and you’ll get this screen:


Username and Password? Whatever you use to log into Twitter.

RSS Feed URL? That’s the address we got from Facebook.

Update Frequency? 20 minutes? 60 minutes? How often do you update Facebook?

Prefix each tweet with? Maybe “Via Facebook” or just leave it blank!

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How To Create Your Own Group in Facebook

So you are officially addicted to Facebook and are ready to start your own “1,000,000 Sigs To Show How Awesome I Am” group.

Several people friends have emailed me asking how they can create their own group in facebook – I live to serve.

Advanced Facebook User? Want the Lightening-Fast Way To Create A Group? Just Click Here – Otherwise:

  • Log in to facebook
  • In the bottom left-hand corner is the Applications button – click it and select GROUPS

WHAT? You don’t have the Groups application? Ok, pump those breaks – let install it.

  • Click the applications button and a menu will appear
  • At the top of the menu select Find More
  • There is a Search Applications box on the top right – type GROUPS and hit Enter
  • You should see Groups come up in the top slot:

Facebook Groups

Click on it and ADD the Application.

Ok, back on track now? Were was I . .

  • In the bottom left-hand corner is the Applications button – click it and select GROUPS
  • Top right – Create A New Group:


And I’m going to leave you there! Follow the rest of the directions and you’re on your way to sharing pictures of kittens or masterpieces of Victorian Literature – whatever it is you fancy – with like-minded facebookers.

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How to Install Microsoft Date & Time Picker Control 6.0 (SP4)

In the posting “Insert a Drop Down Calendar Menu In Excel – Choose a Date!” one of the steps requires that you select the Microsoft Date & Time Picker Control 6.0 (SP4).

batch-fileLooking for it? Trying to figure out where to download it from? If it is not installed on your system you can download it here.

To unzip a CAB file simply follow the directions in the posting “A Free Alternative to Winzip or WinRar: 7-Zip

Once the file is unzipped simply run the MSCOMCT2.BAT batch file!

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A Free Alternative to Winzip or WinRar: 7-Zip

7ziplogoLooking for a free alternative to WinZip, PKZip, WinRar or any of the other various compression / decompression utilities?

Look no further than the Free, Open-Source 7-Zip.

You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don’t need to register or pay for 7-Zip. 7-Zip works in Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista

  • Supported formats:
    • Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
    • Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip

To use 7-Zip simply download it from the website and install it as you would any other application. There are no hidden settings or spyware.

Once it is installed simply right click on any folder or file you want to compress or decompress and select the appropriate option from the menu:


I don’t have 7-Zip set as my default compression / decompression application because I am quick with the click of the right mouse button. If you are someone who feels the need to make things a little more automated simply:

  1. Open 7-Zip
  2. Choose Tools –> Options
  3. Select the System tab and then Select All
  4. Followed by OK


Now 7-Zip is your default zipping / unzipping application and all compressed files will have a letter in the upper right corner denoting the type of compressed file they are. In this example one is a Zip file and the other is a Cab file:


There is also a full program interface you can use if you open 7-Zip from your programs menu. For me though, it’s right click – 7-Zip!

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How To Wrap The Text of Outlook Calendar Appointments To See Meeting Details

I am using Outlook 2007 w/ Windows Vista.  In previous versions, I was able to wrap the text of calendar appointments when printing my calendar so that all meeting details would actually print.  How do I do this in outlook 2007?

Or not . . .

In Outlook 2007 the printing feature has a lot of little quirks that are being discovered – the calendar printing assistant I discussed in another article fixes some of them, but not this problem.

The Calendar Printing Assistant for Office Outlook 2007 is an application for people who need an easy way to print and customize their Outlook 2007 calendar information. It puts you in control of the tools you need and helps you plan and create designer-quality output.

Slipstick has a list of Outlook tools that may fix the problem. See if one of those addressess your need and if anyone else has a suggestion or an answer, please add a comment!

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