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  • Patch Lady – just a kind reminder about Office 2010

    Posted on September 13th, 2020 at 00:36 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In the consumer patching survey, quite a few of you indicated that you still were running Office 2010.  Just a kind reminder that as of October of 2020 that platform will no longer receive security updates.  Given HOW MUCH malware, phishing and what not is coming through email, given HOW MUCH malware, phishing and what not are using macros to enter systems, given HOW MANY times Office is being patched for remote code execution attacks that you will no longer be protected for after October 13, 2020, just a kind reminder to take the time to review your options.

    Many of you do not like subscription versions of Office.  I’d be reviewing alternative platforms such as LibreOffice.  Bottom line you have one month and the final updates for Office 2010 will be released.

    Access 2010
    Dynamics GP 2010
    Excel 2010
    Excel Mobile 2010
    Exchange Server 2010 (all editions)
    FAST Search Server 2010 (all editions)
    Groove Server 2010
    Office 2010 (all editions)
    OneNote 2010
    PowerPoint 2010
    Project 2010
    Publisher 2010
    Search Server 2010
    System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
    System Center Essentials 2010
    Visio 2010 (all editions)
    Word 2010
    Windows Embedded Standard 7
    Office 2016 for Mac (all editions)
    Excel 2016 for Mac
    Outlook 2016 for Mac
    PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
    Word 2016 for Mac

  • Patch Lady – what is Excel spill?

    Posted on September 11th, 2020 at 00:07 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So today on two different spreadsheets at the office I experienced “Spill”

    It’s hard to describe Spill.

    I’m sure to someone, somewhere this works.  But in my case I was doing an @sum function and all of a sudden I got a series of entries.  In the case of a coworker she was trying to “+” something and got this #SPILL error.

    Dearest, sweetest Microsoft…. just give me a nice quiet boring Excel and stop introducing things we don’t need and in my case, in an unexpected location that I didn’t ask for and feels more like an introduced bug.  Mind you I’m on the enterprise channel so it appears that Spill is now in wide distribution in Excel.

    Bottom line if you get this Spill error, it’s not just you, and you may have to clear out some cells to get your Spreadsheet back to normal.

  • Outlook 2019 – recent update makes it impossible for an admin to uncheck “Always ask before opening this type of file”

    Posted on August 26th, 2020 at 11:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This in from BW:

    Until the June Outlook 2019 updates, I’ve always been able to uncheck “Always ask before opening this type of file” for various extensions by starting Outlook as administrator. It’s always been necessary after MS Office updates but at least it worked. Now it doesn’t. Remains greyed out even when running as admin. Really annoying since I know what I’m doing and don’t need the extra warning. Plus I open attachments all the time. It’s especially annoying when it’s an attachment in an email that I’ve saved and need to go back to often. Note that it also doesn’t work if you’ve, say, saved an Excel spreadsheet or Word document directly in an outlook folder, not as an attachment.

    I know there used to be registry settings for this. I no longer have those and could look them up online but given this latest change not sure even that would work.

    Anybody out there seeing the same problem? Got a solution?

  • Attempt to start Office 2016 programs fails with error 0xc0000142

    Posted on August 24th, 2020 at 13:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m stumped.

    Any time I try to start one of my Office programs, I get

    I’m running Office Pro Plus 2016 version 16.0.13029.20344 on Win10 version 1909.

    I’ve tried running an sfc /scannow – which reported that it fixed some corrupt files:

    But even after rebooting, I’m still getting the error 0xc0000142.

    I tried a manual run of OfficeClickToRun.exe /update, as admin, and it didn’t help either.

    Any idea what to try next?

    UPDATE: Rebooted again, and Word popped up immediately, no problem. There’s a reason why I’ve switched to Google Docs for just about everything…

  • 4.5 ways to use Office on a Chromebook

    Posted on July 20th, 2020 at 13:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Interesting article from Peter Deegan. If you really want to run Office on a Chromebook, you have these options:

    • Run the Android apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote. You need an Office 365 subscription to run them on any Chromebook with a decent-sized screen ( > 10.1 inches).
    • Run the free online apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote. The free online apps have several features that aren’t on the Android apps. No charge, but you’ll need a Microsoft Account.
    • Run the Office mobile app which is a severely limited narrow-screen-by-default mash-up of the Office apps.
    • Remote into a “real” PC or Mac. Good choice if you have fast connections, both on your Chromebook and on your “real” PC. We’re going to see something like this with Windows 10 Cloud. Wait. You’ll see.
    • … and the .5 solution goes to running Windows Office on a Chromebook with Parallels. Which should happen this decade. I think.
  • Are your iPhone apps crashing this morning?

    Posted on July 10th, 2020 at 08:19 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Looks like there’s a(nother) bug in the Facebook logon sequence.

    Spotify, Pinterest, Tinder and others may freeze – even if you don’t have the Facebook app installed. Why? Because those apps, and many others, use the Facebook logon code.

    There’s a solution – install a VPN, specifically Lockdown Apps.

    Details from Tom Warren at The Verge.

    The Facebook status report is here.

  • Office tools: Something old, something new

    Posted on June 15th, 2020 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Amy Babinchak

    Most of us begin our workday with a heavy sigh and a click of our email app.

    So many messages to review, so many meetings to accept and schedule … so little time. For all of you who toil in Outlook, there are many tools for making the task of managing email and meetings a bit easier. Two of my favorites are Outlook’s built-in Quick Steps and the newly enhanced Microsoft 365 app called Bookings. Here’s why and how I use them every day.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.23.0 (2020-06-15).

  • The new Office for Android

    Posted on May 11th, 2020 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Lincoln Spector

    Microsoft recently took a major step in letting us do some work while we’re running around town (which we look forward to doing again, someday).

    For years, MS Office on Android phones and tablets wasn’t really Office; it was a collection of separate and watered-down versions of Word, Excel, and so forth. But the new Office Mobile for Android (info page) combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, along with some additional capabilities, into a single app. The new Office is now a fairly useful suite … for use on smartphones and tablets, especially because it’s still free!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.18.0 (2020-05-11).