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I personally use exiftool to extract EXIF or Exchangeable Image File data from files including Microsoft Office files such as .doc, .xls, and .ppt. The newer versions of Microsoft Office have new file extensions as you know which are .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx. The version of exiftool on Backtrack Linux doesn’t extract EXIF data from the latest MS Office file formats however you can easily download the latest exiftool for use on Backtrack Linux 5. Use the information below to download the latest exiftool on Backtrack, install a necessary Perl library, and then start extracting EXIF data from the newer Microsoft Office file versions.

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Recently I have combined numerous email accounts into one Google Gmail account. To manage these messages on my local Windows XP machine I have chosen Outlook 2007 since I already have the MS Office 2007 suite installed. Below there are instructions for how to remove deleted messages from view after they are deleted in an Outlook IMAP folder. Make sure you also have Outlook configured to remove purged items when switching folders.

  1. Set Standard View: From Outlook’s top navigation menu select View, then from the drop down select “Current View”, and from the pop out side navigation select Messages.
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If you have recently installed or are in the process of upgrading Microsoft Outlook 2007 there is a possibility that some of the functionality is disabled. This functionality could be disabled for many reasons though all have easy solutions which I walk through below.

Activate Software:Make sure your software is activated no matter if it is just a trial or if you have the full version of Outlook 2007 you have to make sure the software is activated. If you are unsure you can check to see if Outlook 2007 is activated by clicking Help in the top menu and then selecting “Activate Product”. If the product is activated you will see the below message stating “The product has already been activated”.

Outlook 2007 is Activated

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There are many posts on the Internet stating that the RSS feeds folder cannot be removed however this is not the case. Following the simple steps below you can remove the RSS Feeds folder. When creating the necessary registry key you will need to create the sub directories if they do not exist.

  1. Download Templates: First download the Administrative Templates from Microsoft by clicking here.
  2. Install Templates: Now you need to extract the templates to a directory on your PC. I chose to extract to C:\AdminTemplates but the location does not matter. Make sure that you note the path to the templates for later.
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When I was attempting to attach files to Microsoft Outlook 2007 the drop down to switch folders hangs forever as does clicking on folders. Sometimes it would hang so long that the window would show “Not Responding”. Eventually it would unlock and allow me to choose a folder only to hang again if I was drilling down even further. The same problem with very slow navigation when opening files would happen with Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Excel 2003, Microsoft Visio, and any other MS Office products.

I initially thought the issue was a problem with my laptop overheating or a possible issue with the pagefile on my laptop. It turns out the issue was the fact that I had configured some network drives to attach when I was on a remote companies network. Every time I was attempting to attach a file and was switching folders or directories it was having to wait to timeout the network drive that was not even attached.

This can be resolved by the following steps.
MS Outlook - Attaching Files Hanging1. Right clicking My Network Places and selecting Disconnect Network Drives…
2. Click and any network drives that show in here that you do not connect to every time you boot your computer
3. Click OK to close Disconnect Network Drives

Test attaching a file to MS Outlook and navigate through your folders which should now be much quicker!

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