Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Add Icons In Vista Notification Area

Notification area is the space where the system shows you notifications about the programs running in the background and also shows the messages related to the system. In a Windows Vista computer, the notification area is found in the right side of the taskbar, just beside the system clock. Windows allows the user to change the notification characteristics. You can add or remove icons from the notifications area by following the simple Windows help instructions given below.

  • Move the mouse pointer to the extreme left side of the taskbar and then press the Start button found there to open the Start menu. 
  • Now right click on a blank space in the Start menu to open a context menu and then select the Properties option from it. 
  • You will be able to view a new window on the screen with the name Properties, now click on the Notification Area tab found at the top of the window. Now you will be displayed with all the icons present in your system in the window, you can select which icons to display on the notifications area by putting a check mark in the check box found beside the options. If you do not wish to show an already shown icon, remove the check mark in the checkbox found next to it by clicking on it. 
  • Now click on the Customize option found in the window for modifying the notification area further. Now the window will show you additional icons that can be displayed on your notification area. You have the option to add the preferred icons to the notifications area. For showing an icon in the notification area, click on the icon and then select the respective command that would apply for the icon like Show, Hide, or Hide when inactive. 
  • After selecting the desired setting, click on the Apply button and then on the OK button for applying the changes and for saving the changes you have made in the notifications area. 
  • Click on the OK button for exiting from the taskbar properties window. 
If you follow the simple instructions given above from the Windows help site, you will be able to make changes to the icons displayed in the notifications area in your computer. If you are not able to add or hide some icons in your notifications bar, feel free to contact the Microsoft support team.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Fix Issues Associated With Outlook Crashing

Outlook is known for its various features and is considered as one of the best email clients in the world. It helps you to install add-ins in it to access email programs. However, like any other software programs, Outlook is not free from troubles. If your Outlook program has a connector added to it, you are likely to face more troubles.

Steps Involved 

Some of these Outlook problems include crashing or hanging abruptly. In this post, we will help you to fix these issues associated with Outlook.


The most important thing before you begin the troubleshooting steps is to find out whether the Outlook program has the latest updates installed in it. For this, you may select the option Office Updates, and download and install the latest updates for the program. It is also important to find out whether you have the latest updates for your operating system. In order to verify this, select Windows Update and confirm that you do not have any updates pending. If anything exists, download and install the same. Since your Outlook program has a connecter installed in it, it is advised that you check the version of the connector. Find out whether you have the latest version of the connector in your program. For this, select Help and then click About Kerio Outlook Connector.

Create new profile

If your email account has a corrupted profile, you may encounter this trouble. In order to fix this issue, you may create a new profile. Follow the steps given below to do this.

  • Select Start menu and open Control Panel. 
  • In the Control Panel window, select the option Mail. 
  • The above step will open the window for Mail Setup - Outlook. 
  • Click the button Show Profiles. 
  • You will find the existing profiles in the program. 
  • Select the button Add and follow the on-screen commands to create a new profile. 
  • Keep in mind that the Default Delivery Location should be set to Kerio Outlook Connector Store. 

If you still experience troubles with your Outlook program, verify the status of your Antivirus program. Antivirus programs scan your email clients for threats and this could cause the program to crash. You may disable the email scanning options in your antivirus program and find out whether the issue is fixed.

We hope that the above given steps have helped you fix the Outlook problems in your computer. For additional assistance, you may contact Microsoft chat support or our technical support team. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

About The Slide To Shutdown Feature In Windows 8.1

Slide to Shutdown, a feature in Windows 8.1 that made news a few months ago is almost forgotten now. Though the feature went viral before Microsoft made any official statement about it, it has given way for other Windows 8.1 features online. According to the Windows 8 support experts, the slide to shutdown feature was incorporated in Windows 8.1 update to assuage the discontented Windows 8 users who faced myriads of inconveniences due to the missing Start button.
Well, the good news is that the Slide to shutdown feature is back in the news. According to an unofficial report from Microsoft, the Slide to shutdown feature would find its way to Windows 8.1 RTM. The feature would appear as an equivalent of the slide to shut down feature in popular Windows Phones.

Slide to shut down - an easy method to turn off the systems

Though Slide to shutdown feature is not making news these days, it has been approved by many as the easiest method to turn off the system. The feature was greatly appreciated in systems powered either by Windows RT 8.1 Preview or by Windows 8.1 Preview.

How to use the slide to shutdown feature

Using Slide to shut down is simple and should not cause you any trouble. To use this feature, you need to press down the power button down until the Slide to Shutdown option flashes on your monitor. Approximately, you might have to press down the button for up to 4 seconds. If your computing device is touch-enabled, you need to simply swipe down the lock screen to perform the instant shut down of the computer. If you have wondered if this feature was equivalent to the same feature in Windows Phones, it is indeed so.
Though it seems that Slide to shut down feature is compatible with all the Windows 8.1 computers, you are partially wrong. Though the feature is quite compatible with the Windows 8.1 operating systems, it is not supported in machines that do not feature the connected standby option.
Connected standby is a feature that converts your system into the model of a smartphone. If your computer has this feature, you can use it just as you can use it in your smart phone. To know how to enable the connected standby option in your Windows 8.1 system, get in touch with the Windows 8 support.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Steps To Remove The Ask Toolbar

Toolbars are on-screen applications that represent a specific website or a service. When you click on these applications while browsing the web, these toolbars would take you to the website that they represent. Here, you would be asked to type your search query again. Once you enter, a list of search results would appear. Hence, the toolbars are meant to provide a convenient browsing experience for the users.

The Ask Toolbar can be termed as a browser add-on and is an extension of the Ask.com search engine. This commonly found toolbar helps you to search for varied contents such as images, videos and news from the Ask search engine, once you click on it. As mentioned earlier, the Ask toolbar puts the Ask search engine directly on your internet browser which enables you to conduct a search using the Ask search engine from anywhere on the Web. However, sometimes the Ask toolbar might lead to some irritating situation because in some cases, the toolbar might replace your browser’s default home page. Hence, in such cases, the Ask toolbar removal would be the ideal option.

You need to try the following steps to remove the Ask toolbar from your computer before contacting the Microsoft tech support:

  • In the first step, you need to click on the Start menu, which you would find on the left bottom of your computer screen. Now, go ahead and select the option Control Panel.
  • You would get a list of options displayed wherein you can either click on the option Uninstall a Program or Programs and Features.
  • This would show you all the programs existing in the system. Here, you just need to scroll down and click on the Ask Toolbar, which you want to remove. 
  • Now, click on the Uninstall button and enter your administrator password and click Continue, once you get the prompts. A dialog message would pop up asking you to confirm your selection. At any point of time you can contact the Microsoft tech support to know more about the Ask toolbar removal.
  • Now, click OK and confirm your selection. This would launch the uninstaller and remove the Ask Toolbar.
  • Now, click OK once you see the un-installation dialog box. Once the process is complete, close it and restart the browser.

Hence, these steps would help you remove the Ask toolbar from your system. For more information on the un-installation, feel free to contact our technical support.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Simple Steps For Setting Up Email In Outlook

Outlook is an email client application that helps you send and receive emails through your favourite webmail services. Well, you might wonder why one needs to setup email in Outlook when he or she can enjoy the webmail services independently. By setting up email in Microsoft Outlook application, you can combine the features of both your webmail service and Outlook application and enjoy them together. Microsoft has simplified the procedure for setting up email in its latest versions of Outlook. In Outlook 2010, the procedure is rather simple and can be done in a very short span of time. Here are the instructions.

  • Launch your Microsoft Outlook application. If you are opening the application for the first time, the application will display a Startup wizard. Press the Next button to proceed to the page titled Email Accounts and select Next to begin the email account setup process. 
  • You are now on the Auto Account Setup page of Outlook. Gathering details from your system, Outlook may attempt to fill in the fields such Your Name, Email Address and so on. Press Next only if the auto-filled details by Outlook are correct. 
  • In case the auto-filled settings are incorrect, make sure that they are edited with accurate details. To edit the other details, click the link that says Manually configure server settings or additional server types. 
  • Fill in appropriate details in all the three sections (Account Details, Server Details, Login Details) of the email setup page.
  • In the Account Details section, provide your name and email address. 
  • In the Server details section, type the server details for the Incoming Server and Outgoing Server addresses.
If you are unsure of these details, then get in touch with the customer service department of your email service provider and request them to provide you the details.
  • Next, fill in the appropriate details in the Login details section 
          Username: type your username of the email account
          Password: type the password of your email account.
  • After providing correct details in the above mentioned fields, click OK and select the button titled Test. 
  • Outlook will attempt to access the server and start downloading emails. If the connection has been established successfully, you will receive a message stating ‘Your email account is successfully configured. 
  • Press the Finish button to exit the setup wizard. 
Following the above instructions, you would be able to setup email in Outlook. If the Outlook application encounters any unexpected errors, get in touch with the Outlook support personnel.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Microsoft Tech Ads Aim At Windows 8 Push

The tech advertising campaign of Microsoft Corporation jumped 30 percent from a year ago during the first quarter. This pushed out Intuit to promote the latest operating system of Microsoft called Windows 8. In total, the ad spending by tech companies was $723 million that was up 30 percent from a year ago. This jump was noteworthy, as spending declined across all other fields. For the last five years, Intuit has led all the tech companies in advertising during the first quarter, as they promote its TurboTax and Quicken software.

This year, with Microsoft’s aggressive promotion of its Windows 8 Surface tablet, and Windows Phone, Redmond’s ad spending has jumped by 200 percent when compared to the same period in 2012, when Microsoft was winding down Windows 7 operating system. This was confirmed after contacting Microsoft tech support team.

Randall Beard, who is the global head of advertiser solutions for Nielsen, said in a statement, “Technology has become so widely available that it pervades every aspect of life to some degree.” He added, “But with increased accessibility comes increased competition, and companies are investing hefty sums into creating buzz around their biggest products in order to secure a share of this sizable market.”

Some of the other top advertisers included Google, Apple and Amazon, Nielsen said. The study covered hardware and software products that include cameras and photographic supplies, handheld music players, computers, stereo systems, and others. However, the study was not limited to only these devices.

Ads got better
Whatever the users feel about the products from Microsoft, its advertising has dramatically improved over the past quarter. The Surface ads of Microsoft were ditching the all-clacking, all-dancing, all-singing Movement premiere, which replaced it with the one that emphasized productivity.

Wes Miller, who is an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, said that the second ad marked a very big change. Miller said, ”It is significant, because it is the first ad that really shows what Surface can do that the iPad cannot.” This ad aims at clarifying the unique features of the Surface rather than dancing around it.

If you wish to know more on the tech ads of Microsoft, you can contact the Microsoft tech support team. They will be able to provide you with more information on the tech ads of Microsoft. You can also visit the Microsoft support forums. Many active discussions are taking place in these forums regarding the tech ads of Microsoft.