Monthly Archives: February 2016

Email to Text with Office 365

Did you know that if you are waiting for a VERY important email message to come through you can have Office 365 send it via a text message???   Pretty cool, huh?   For instance, I use it in the IT world for our battery back up units on our servers.  If our building loses power, I get an email telling me this.   However if I’m not constantly monitoring my work email like at 3 a.m., I can get a text message letting me know this.  When I receive this text at 3 a.m. here’s what I look like:

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I’m not responsible if you need therapy after seeing this picture of me from 3 a.m!

Here’s how you do it!  You have to login into the Office Portal for your office.  Once you’ve successfully done that, open up Mail and it will open up Outlook Online.

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On the left hand side of the screen,  where is says folders, select More.

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That will bring up this screen:

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Look under the General Tab and select Text messaging.  This will bring you to the next screen.

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Select the Edit text message settings.  That will bring up this display.

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Select what country you live in, and your mobile phone provider.   Then click on the next button.

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Enter your phone number and then select the next button.  It will then send you a text message to that phone and you will have to enter a verification number into this to complete the setup.

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It will bring up this box, select Set up email notifications using an Inbox Rule.

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In my case the words included in the subject or body works.  However if you need it to be from a specific email address, or any of the above options, please select those.

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I put test as my words or phrases then hit the plus sign to add it to the list.

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Once it’s a complete list, select OK!

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At the very top select OK and you are all set!!!













Tech Tip Thursday: Is It Still Safe To Eat???

Using tech to save ourselves from food borne illnesses!   We all know there are expiration dates on food. My personal favorite “best if purchased by”    ?!@$#*$!@#?  However, a lot of those are just suggestions, and then what about the stuff with no expiration date, like that chicken I cooked last week????

So, there is a one web site with a database of all this information!

So much to my husband’s dismay cooked chicken is not still good after 2 weeks in the fridge.



Set Up Signatures in Office 365

It’s very easy to set up signatures in Office 365.   Here’s how you do it!

Go into Outlook, and select the File tab as shown below:



On the left hand side of the screen select Options.

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That will bring up this screen.  Select Mail, and then look for a button called Signatures… and click on it.

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That will bring up this screen.  Under Email Signature, select the button “New”  or Alt & N.  It will ask you what you want to call the new signature.




Give you signature a name and click the OK button.

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I’ve named mine, Test.   Choose your default signature E-mail account, whether or not you want it on new messages or replies and forwards.   Then edit the signature at the bottom.  When you are done, go under Select Signature to edit and click Save.   Then when you’ve saved it.  Click the OK button at the bottom and you are set!

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Tech Tip Thursday: Shut Off “In App” Purchases

Make sure if you have children using your phone that you disable their ability to purchase “In app” purchases.

On iOS go to your settings icon, and scroll down to the general button. Scroll down to Restrictions and click on it.  It will ask you for your restrictions passcode.   There is a list of things you can disable by default.   You can shut off In App Purchases about mid-way through the screen.  It should look like this.

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For Android devices you cannot really shut off the “in app” purchases, but you can protect them by putting in a PIN code.   Just make sure it’s something only you and your spouse knows, and something our kids can’t guess!!!     To do this you would go to Google Play, go into the Menu and select Settings, like below:

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When the settings screen comes up, scroll down to Password to restrict purchases.  It will then ask you for a password and to confirm your password.  Then anytime someone tries to buy something from your device, you will need that password to purchase the item.





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