Aug 29

In Windows 10 Text in Outlook or Other Applications is Blurry

Solution 1 – General Solution

  1. Close the MS Office application exhibiting the blurriness issue.
  2. Navigate to your MS Office folder. (Mine is C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15)
  3. Right-click on the office application exhibiting the blurriness issue.
  4. Select Properties.
  5. Select the Compatibility tab. (If you do not see this tab, skip to Solution 2.)
  6. Under Settings, check the box labeled Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.
  7. Select OK.
  8. Reopen the application to see if the text remains blurry.

Solution 2 – Properties Shows No Compatibility Tab

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  1. Close the MS Office application exhibiting the blurriness issue.
  2. Click the Start
  3. In the search box, enter dpiscaling.exe and press Enter.
  4. Select set a custom scaling level.

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  1. Change the scale to 100%.

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  1. Select OK.
  2. Reopen the application to see if the text remains blurry.
Aug 31

Favi Mini Keyboard FE02RF-BL (bluetooth)

I wanted a new Bluetooth keyboard to use with my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet. I’ve had a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for a couple of years, but after very light use, three of the keys have stopped working. The main thing I wanted to try is a touchpad or mouse on Android because I’ve never used any kind of pointing device on an Android device. I wasn’t even 100% sure Android supports pointing devices. I’ve only had it for a couple of days but I actually kind of like it already. It features:

  • A touchpad with dedicate right and left mouse buttons.
  • A backlit keyboard for dark rooms
  • A USB Bluetooth dongle for PCs not already equipped with Bluetooth
  • Presentation advance & reverse buttons
  • A laser pointer
  • A built-in rechargeable battery

fe02rf-bl_01_1024x1024The first thing that stands out to me is that, on Android, the mouse cursor (yes, there is one) is a little sluggish. Just to be sure, I also tested the keyboard with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone and encountered a similar problem. However, it works great on Windows 10.

My 6 year old PC running Windows 10 is not Bluetooth capable, but plugging in the USB dongle made the Bluetooth functionality start up with no action on my part. It was 100% plug and play.

Typing on the keyboard is similar to that experienced on pre-touchscreen smart phones – like a Blackjack. Getting accustomed to the keyboard layout is easy.

I was impressed that all of these features were available for $39.99.

I’ll update this article if I uncover any noteworthy pros or cons. Hopefully the keys won’t start dying out on me!

Aug 18

Windows Instant Search Doesn’t Search Emails After Upgrading to Outlook 2013

Update: Since writing this post my notebook has been upgraded to Windows 8.1. It turns out there are two potential problems with searching Outlook in my scenario. 

  1. Windows 8.1 simply DOES NOT index Outlook email.
  2. 64-bit operating systems can’t index 32-bit applications

So I have given up trying to fix this issue.

On my work notebook I recently enjoyed the Instant Search actually searching everything. Last week I upgraded from Office 2010 to 2013. Suddenly Instant Search no longer searched Outlook emails at all.

The Indexing Options screen claims it is searching Outlook, but no search result ever includes an email. To be clear: The search within Outlook works. I want to use a comprehensive search that includes the whole computer.

My internal help desk couldn’t help. I’ve tried deleting the index and re-indexing. No luck. One suggestion I found was to try to repair the Outlook OST file. Indeed, the repair tool found the OST file was damaged. I allowed it to be repaired and re-indexed the computer including Outlook. No improvement.

What would you do?!

Update:

I get different results under “Indexing Options” depending on how I navigate to that screen.

Start > Control Panel > Indexing Options Note Outlook is not listed. I cannot choose it under any of the options listed here.
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Within Outlook: Search > Search Tools > Search Options > Indexing Options. Note that Outlook is listed here.
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I can run a wizard that is supposed to fix search problems. It even lists the problem I am experiencing, but it doesn’t resolve the issue.
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