Month: September 2014

Mail Merge in Word 2003

Here we come to the origin of one of the most successful Microsoft Office productivity features – Mail Merge, in Word 2003 – an equally one of the most successful and popular Office installments by a wide margin. Mail Merge in Word took an impressive start by appearing on this platform after its birthplace – Word 2002 (of ‘Office XP’, released in 2001).

Office 2003 is now officially no longer supported by its parent, but, despite this fact, and despite it being somewhat outdated (in comparison to the more modern Microsoft Office installments released over the years) both interface-, security- and feature-wise, many people who still own the license use it and prefer it over the rest of the ‘Office’ family. For these people, and professionals who have to use the feature in Word 2003 over the line of duty, we will explain how to use the Mail Merge in MS Word 2003, thus continuing our series of articles which describe the Word Mail Merge feature.

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How to insert your HTML into an email message and stop Outlook from messing it up

More than 1.1 billion people use Office. That’s 1 in 7 people on the planet. Microsoft Outlook is the go-to email client for business and a stunning number of users use it in everyday work. It is a very powerful email client, but sometimes this power is a shortcoming.

One such case is using Microsoft Outlook to send HTML-formatted newsletters or forms. “But Outlook allows me to create HTML-formatted messages using a lot of controls and styles,” you might say, and you would be 100% right. But as soon as you try to create an HTML message using special software and use the resulting HTML as a source for your message, you will be surprised: Outlook doesn’t allow you to use your own HTML source to build a message! “OK, but it is not a big problem” – you say, and again you may be right, because you can open the resulting HTML message using Internet Explorer and copy-n-paste the data through the clipboard into the Outlook message. Yes, this can be done, but there is a surprise waiting for you.

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Send files in Outlook emails automatically with MAPILab Toolbox

Microsoft Office was designed from the ground up as a powerful productivity platform for numerous PC-related tasks and jobs, and has gained massive popularity over the years, becoming the leading solution on the market.

However, making it a truly all-purpose tool, able to perform in practically every scenario that the modern workplace produces, is no small task.

To counter this limitation, Microsoft has included the possibility for independent developers to create their own functions into the platform, without compromising its integrity or copyright licenses, by introducing the MAPI (Messaging Application Programming Interface) protocol – a sort of “bridge” for anyone to use between the closed architecture of Office and supplemental software written in popular programming languages in order to include a desired feature. This protocol has allowed many to produce their own long-sought productivity improvements that Microsoft had or has no desire to implement owing to small margins – the main features of Office require many man-hours to maintain as it is. Consequently, an impressive number of such software products have appeared on the Internet over the years as the result.

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