Custom Outlook toolbar’s location

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 Default Outlook toolbars save their location in the Outlook configuration file outcmd.dat, part of the roaming profile (in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Outlook to be precise). This data is remembered when Outlook restarts, even after logging off and on again.

Non-default (custom) Outlook toolbars however are “temporary” in nature (in the sense of they’re not part of Outlook itself and are considered to be initialized/loaded separately each time Outlook loads). Those toolbars don’t save their location data in outcmd.dat, but have to provide their own mechanism. Microsoft offers a default way for such a mechanism, i.e. through a configuration file called user.config in the local part of a user profile (more precisely in %LOCALAPPDATA%\[company]\[application]\[version]). This means custom Outlook toolbar location changes can be saved and reused (even after logging off and on again) if the toolbar is programmed to do so and if so, it can be done through this default mechanism Microsoft provides. Read the rest of this entry »


Load Test Report Addin causes an error when you start Excel

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(or how Office user and system settings work)

If you have installed Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, an Excel add-in called “Load Test Report Addin” is installed. This add-in makes it possible to create load test performance reports in Excel and loads when you start Excel. The add-in is meant for Excel 2010 and works perfectly if you have installed and started Excel 2010. Excel 2007 on the other hand sees an inconsistency, i.e. the VSTO file (which is an XML file) related to the add-in (Microsoft.VisualStudio.QualityTools.LoadTestExcelAddIn.vsto) doesn’t contain the “addIn” XML element Excel 2007 is expecting. This element isn’t available in the VSTO file and is not needed for Excel 2010. The result is an error message from Excel 2007 at start (see the screenshot below, after clicking the “Details” button, showing more detailed information about what’s going on). Read the rest of this entry »

Install BCM 2007 on Windows 7

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When you install Bussiness Contact Manager (BCM) 2007 on Windows 7 a dialog box warns you about compatibility issues. The problem isn’t related to BCM itself, but to SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. SQL Server 2005 Express is only supported on Windows 7 if SP3 of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is installed. Follow one of the following 2 procedures:

Procedure 1:
* install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition seperately
* install SP3 for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
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