Category: Office 365

Fix Outlook and Office 365 problems with Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365
article #1058, updated 26 days ago

Here is a very powerful tool, very automatic:

It has many functions, one of which is to automatically fix Office 365 licensing issues, reinstalling if it detects a need. It’s a 36M download, but during the install it may download twice that or more to get libraries it needs.

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Create "All Users" Distribution List in Office 365
article #1061, updated 55 days ago

Methods for both O365 web console and PowerShell, right here:


  • Checking the contents works perfectly in PowerShell, not always in Outlook.
  • Users who default to the offline address book in Outlook, may have to download the Global Address List or wait a day. Downloading is accomplished within Send/Receive; in 2016 open the dropdown “Send/Receive Groups” and choose “Download Address Book”. There are Office 365 configurations in which this dropdown item does not exist.

Categories:   Exchange and Exchange Online   Office 365


Advanced Microsoft Office Repair Tool
article #1060, updated 55 days ago

It’s called the “Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool”, or OffCAT. Courtesy of the excellent Kaleb Carrol.

Categories:   Office 365   Microsoft Office


Control automatic updates of Office 2013, 2016, 365
article #1041, updated 114 days ago

This article states that it applies to click-to-run 2013 and later, which certainly includes 365. Its registry entries permit automatic updates to be turned off and on, and also, for the on-PC UI item to be turned off and on too.

Categories:   Microsoft Office   Office 365


Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.2
article #1012, updated 252 days ago

Something very like a best practices analyzer / BPA for Office, 32-bit and 64-bit, versions 2007 and newer, both MSI and click-to-run:

Categories:   Microsoft Office   Office 365


Enterprise-wide Automatic Signatures in Office 365
article #1001, updated 288 days ago

As of “Wave 15” of Office 365, there is enterprise-wide, a.k.a. global, automatic signature capability. It’s in Exchange -> mail flow -> rules, and it involves setting a disclaimer message, but there is extensive user-data variable substitution. A full description is here:

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Excel falsely reports "cannot open or save any more documents because there is not enough available memory or disk space"
article #994, updated 311 days ago

There are many situations in which a recent version of Excel will report that there is not enough available memory or disk space, where there very clearly is. To knock this one out, go to File menu and Options, click Trust Center on the left, click Trust Center Settings… on the right, and then Protected View on the left. Uncheck everything in there, and OK all the way out. Close Excel and try it again. Problem eliminated.

Categories:   Microsoft Office   Office 365


Turn on Previous Versions For All in Office 365 OneDrive for Business
article #976, updated 390 days ago

There is a mixture of public reference statements as to whether or not Previous Versions, also called Versioning, is enabled in OneDrive for Business, which is really a second frontend for Sharepoint. Recently a new installation was studied and there was a mix of automatic activations of Versioning for different libraries and lists made, without clear logic behind. Versioning is essential as a backup method for many related uses, so it becomes essential to know how to turn it on automatically for all libraries and lists of an entire Office 365 tenant. And right now, this appears to be the only published way, a contributed script in the Office 365 Gallery:

In order to use it, one first installs:

Then log into the Office 365 tenant as an administrator, and click Sharepoint. You’ll be looking at the page for a URL something like this:

Now run PowerShell as administrator, take the “partofmydomain” chunk of text from your browser, and form the SharePoint admin URL. Don’t browse to it, but you’ll need it shortly:

Now you’ll need the script from the web page referenced at the top of this article, saved to a location to which you can CD in PowerShell. Get to that location in the shell, and run ‘notepad versioning.ps1’, towards the end you’ll see two path lines:

Add-Type -Path "c:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll"  
Add-Type -Path "c:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll"

The 15’s need to be changed to 16’s to match the current version of the Sharepoint installables above. Once you have this, run:

Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

in PowerShell if you haven’t already, and then:


It will ask you for the URL; give it the one you constructed above. Then it will ask you for admin credentials. Once it has them, it will run through every list and library, and if Versioning can be turned on, it will be.

Categories:   Office 365   Sharepoint


Previous Versions for documents stored in OneDrive for Business
article #975, updated 392 days ago

By default, at least sometimes, Microsoft OneDrive does not have any backup mechanism in place at all. There is a Previous Versions system however which can be turned on and off:

Categories:   Office 365   


Office 365 Client and Network Support Tools
article #952, updated 470 days ago

We now have the Office 365 Support and Recovery Assistant for client software support, and also the Microsoft Office 365 Client Performance Analyzer Office 365 Client Performance Analyzer for network performance issues.

Categories:   Office 365   Exchange and Exchange Online