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Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 – The command is not available. Out of Office Assistant

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When trying to use the Out of Office Assistant from the tools menu in outlook 2003 you receive a message stating : –

The command is not available. See the program documentation about how to use this extension.

To resolve this problem you will need to re-enable the outex.dll addin/file.

To do this go to > Help > About Microsoft office outlook > Disabled items. Click on outex.dll and select enable.

Restart outlook and you should be good to go again!

Bullet Points Crashing Word 2003

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When you add bullet points to a word 2003 document the program crashes.

To fix:

Delete (or rename) the following Registry key:

HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\<version>.0\Word\Li st Gallery Presets

(For Office 2003 using Version 11)

Restart your PC.

Word 2007 Very Slow to Open

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When opening a Microsoft Word 2007 document Word takes a long time to open.

To fix:

Try changing your default printer. If this helps try updating the print driver of the printer causing the problem

Unhide Columns in Excel 2007

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  1. Drag your mouse over the headers of the 2 columns around the hidden column.
  2. Right click on the selected columns.
  3. Choose Unhide from the menu.
  4. The hidden columns will then be visable.

Office 2003 Keeps Asking to Confirm Terms on Vista

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When you open any of the office applications on vista it asks you to confirm the terms and conditions.

1. Right click on an Office application icon.

2. Click run as Administrator.

3. Accept the terms and conditions.

You should not see the box come up again now.

Word 2003 Form Elements Not Working

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When opening a Word document in Office 2003 certain elements such as checkboxes, drop down lists and textboxes do not work.

To fix this you need to adjust the security level of the document, make sure you trust the source before doing this.

Click Tools > Macros > Security.

Change the security level to low.

Save the document then reopen it.

Internet explorer could not open this internet site…

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…The requested site is either unavailable or cannot be found. Please try again later.


A user received this error message when opening a word document from a website. The document opened on other accounts so was definitely to do with the users settings.


If you receive this error in a similar situation try the following

In Internet Explorer go to

Tools > Options > Advanced


Under security make sure that “Do not save encrypted pages to disk” is un checked.


Press OK and try and download the document again.

Headers and Footers not showing in Word 2003

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When you are creating a document in print view in Microsoft Word 2003 the top and the bottom of the page is not showing (ie the cursor is flashing on the top line of the page).


1. Click tools
2. Click Options
3. Click the view tab (should be default)
4. Tick ‘white space between pages’
5. Click ok

Create an Autosignature in Outlook 2003

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To create a simple signature in outlook 2003 follow the steps below.

  1. From your main outlook window (not within an email) go to tools and options
  2. In the options menu click on the Mail Format tab
  3. At the bottom of the mail format tab select Signatures
  4. Click New
  5. Add in a name for your signature and click next
  6. Fill in the details you wish to appear at the bottom of every new email automatically
  7. Click Finish and OK (several times!)

Press New to create a new email and marvel in your new autosignature glory!

Start page numbering on second page of word document

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A quick tip if you need to start autonumbering pages of a word document from the second page.

Go to insert > page numbers. This will pop up a box where you need to deselect a box that says “Show number of the first page”. This will cause the numbering to display from the second page onwards.

This is perfect if you wish the numbering to start with 2, which for most people is a tad useless! To get the numbering to start at 1, when inserting the page numbers click on Format. At the bottom of the format options you can select to start the numbering at a certain number. Enter 0 in this box and the numbering of your document will start at 0, which won’t be displayed in your document, then your first numbered page will be 1!