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Outlook MessageHeaderAnalyzer and Unsubscribe

Microsoft and other providers have published add-ins that provide additional functionality within Outlook and Outlook for web. We have enabled two add-ins which you may find useful, the Message Header Analyzer and the Unsubscribe Add-on.
To make them available in your Outlook (Win/Mac/Web), you need to log into mail.uvm.edu and go the Manage add-ons option on the Options (gear) menu:
Image of the options menu in OUtlook for web, with the "manage add-ins" item highlighted.
Click the check-box in the Turned on column to make one or both add-ins available in Outlook:

Once this step is complete, the add-ins you have turned on should appear in the message window in your Outlook mail clients for Windows, Mac, and the web. It may take a little while (or maybe a restart of Outlook) before they appear in the Windows and Mac versions.

Outlook add-ins as they appear in Outlook for the Web.

Outlook add-ins as they appear in Outlook for Windows.

The Message Header Analyzer provides a convenient way to view detailed information (metadata) about an email message, including the message routing information.

The Message Header Analyzer in Outlook for Windows.

The Unsubscribe add-in appears when viewing bulk marketing messages, and depending on the content of the message, may unsubscribe your address from the a marketing list or may suggest simply blocking mail from that sender.

The Unsubscribe add-in within Outlook for Windows, suggesting that we block mail from this sender.

We hope that you will find these add-ins useful. Please let us know what you think.

Outlook 2013 at UVM

UPDATE! All UVM email accounts have been migrated to Microsoft Exchange, and so this guide is no longer necessary. Outlook 2013 and 2016 setup is very easy, and all functionality is available.
These instructions describe a configuration for connecting to our old email system via IMAP. For connecting Outlook to UVM’s current mail service, see http://www.uvm.edu/techteam/outlook-2016-for-exchange/.

Changes in Outlook 2013

The most significant change in the new version of Outlook is the support of touch-based interfaces. In Outlook 2010, using your finger to scroll a message resulted in selecting a swath of text, as though clicking and dragging with a mouse. Outlook 2013 addresses this, and adds specific support for touch interaction with adjusted menu spacing and a thumb-based button bar that works really well on Windows tablets.

Outlook 2013 - tablet mode

Outlook 2013 – special features available on touch devices include touch scrolling, and a button bar for the right thumb.

You’ll also notice a much cleaner design, where the faux 3D buttons and look have been simplified and flattened. I find myself selecting the dark gray color scheme to restore some visual variety and separation, though.
One change that’s a little irritating is that you can no longer specify the folder into which copies of your sent messages are received; they go into a folder called Sent Items. Instead, I’ve configured Pine, Webmail, and Thunderbird to use Sent Items, too.
I continue to find Outlook a user-friendly, feature-rich email client, and I’m glad to share these instructions with you. Let’s get started. Continue reading

Viewing Oracle Calendar in Outlook 2007

Long ago, UVM’s Chief of SkunkWorks, Wesley Wright, put together a script to pull information out of our Oracle Calendar server. It can be used to display calendar data on a web page, but it also can be used to view (read-only) calendar information from applications that understand iCalendar. Wes wrote some instructions on importing calendar events into an iPod, and the script-invoking URL at the end actually works with Outlook 2007:

If you are an Oracle Calendar user, you can import your own calendar, provided that you have not restricted read access to your agenda. The URL for use with iCal Subscribe or for manual downloading is
replace surname with your Oracle Calendar surname (last name) and givenname with your Oracle Calendar given name (first name) . Example

To add Oracle calendar to Outlook 2007, open the Account Settings dialog and click the Internet Calendars tab. Click the New… button, and type in the script URL above, providing your own given and surnames.
Tools-Account Settings-Internet Calendars
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Outlook 2003 and UVM IMAP

Today, I had a request for some help configuring Outlook 2003 to work with UVM’s IMAP services. Before I started using WordPress for my website, I had written an “unofficial guide” on this exact topic, which I have now pulled back online. I’m not going to rewrite the thing in WordPress, though, so readers will have to deal with bland static pages. Enjoy.

Please note: Microsoft Outlook is not among the recommended email clients supported by ETS. However, I use it regularly to access my UVM email (along with Pine and Thunderbird), and I offer the following instructions to help folks who really want to use Outlook 2003 here at UVM. —Geoff

Using Microsoft Outlook 2003 with UVM’s central email system
In reviewing the guide, I see that I went into a lot of detail about my usual customizations and settings, like adding a Purge button to the toolbar. Nice.
See also: Using Outlook 2007 at UVM

Using Outlook 2007 at UVM

Please note: Microsoft Outlook is not among the recommended email clients supported by ETS. However, I use it regularly to access my UVM email (along with Pine and Thunderbird), and I offer the following instructions to help folks who really want to use Outlook 2007 here at UVM. —Geoff

We’re going to walk through the steps required to configure Outlook 2007 as an email client of the University’s central mail services. Microsoft has improved the IMAP support in Outlook with this latest version, and the configuration is more straight-forward.
Please note that you can click on any screenshot to get a larger (i.e., legible) version. Now let’s dig in.
When we first start Outlook 2007, the Account Configuration wizard will start. “Yes” is selected by default (we do want to configure our email account, don’t we?), so we’ll click next.
screen shot of dialog box
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