Information Security

Extract DOCX, PPTX, And XLSX EXIF Information On Backtrack Linux

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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Remove Deleted IMAP Email Messages From View in Outlook 2007

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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Outlook 2007 Reply, Reply All, and Forward Are All Greyed Out

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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Remove RSS Feeds Folder in Outlook 2007

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.