Ms. Compy Fix-It Fixes Microsoft Outlook’s Meeting-Hoarding Problem

Howdy world!

Ms. Compy Fix-It here, and I’m in a great mood.  I managed to resolve an issue I encountered yesterday which has been bugging me since.  That’s a long time for me to be perplexed.  :)

Without further ado, my issue was this:

  • I go to send a meeting invite in Microsoft Outlook 2007, and it gets stuck in my Outbox
  • I could send e-mail just fine
  • Timestamps showed under the Sent column in the Outbox for regular e-mail, but the meeting invites just showed “None“, indicating I could wait all I wanted but it had no intention of sending……
  • Neither time, nor restarting, nor re-opening and re-sending, could make these meeting invites get out of my Outbox
  • I went to cancel the meeting invite, and the cancellation got sent to the invitees! (How random….. and awkward)
  • Even deleting the meeting would send the cancellation notice to the invitees
  • This occurred several times as I tried different things…… causing frustration and embarrassment as I’m sure it looked like I was insane (“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – good ol’ Einstein)

I researched.  And researched.  And pondered.  And researched again.

And then I found a clue.  On a few sites, they’d mentioned a Norton Antivirus add-in was the cause of their troubles, but I don’t have Norton so I knew that couldn’t be it.  But one site mentioned:

Tip 1116: Meeting invitations are stuck in the Outbox | Outlook Tips
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If you are having a problem with your mail not sending but aren’t using Norton Antispam, check your add-ins. Other antivirus and antispan add-ins, as well as iCloud, have been known to cause problems sending Outlook items.

Hmmmm…….. well I first had to search how to get to my add-ins – they’re not something I play around with too much.  From Outlook’s own Help file (Wait, what?  You mean it was actually helpful?  It’s a miracle!):

Enable or disable add-ins in Office programs
Outlook
On the Tools menu, click Trust Center, and then click Add-ins.

Great, easy enough.  So I get a list of my add-ins and realize – I recently downloaded Evernote for Windows!  I’m not sure why it took me so long to remember that, but I suspect frustration blindness had taken over.  ;)  Anywho, I disabled the two Evernote add-ins, and voilà!  It works again.  So be aware that if you’re suddenly running into an issue of Outlook sending e-mails but not your meeting invites, check your add-ins!

Sincerely,
Ms. Compy Fix-It  :)

On Learning Spanish

I have a story about learning Spanish…..

I took a couple Spanish courses in high school and enjoyed it, so when I went to uni for languages, I took a bunch more. I was to the point where I could have decent conversations in the classroom, and could understand a fair bit.
However.
One year my parents and I are in a Florida supermarket. My mom is searching for her butter-like margarine that will melt when she puts it on toast. Now if you knew my mom, you’d know this was very important to her….. :-D  So I go to ask the guy stocking the shelves, but he indicates he only speaks Spanish. So, being the educated lady I am, I start to speak Spanish with him. The only problem was, I didn’t know how to say “butter”. It had never come up in my school teachings about El Cid or Spain or any other normal topic taught in Spanish courses. To make matters worse, I also didn’t know the word for toast, or melt.
What I did know was the words for ‘hot bread’ and a heckuva lot of hand gestures.
The poor stock clerk had no idea what I was talking about and soon, he had a couple coworkers trying to understand me and my crazy-talk, and finally he beckoned his English-speaking boss over, who recommended a kind to my ever-persistent mother.

For that reason, I will never forget the Spanish word for butter ever again: mantequilla :-D

Informal Disaster

bold lies
of life intersected
a pretty impression, worn out and connected

tall tales
they crumble when eaten
their taste an astringent, unlikely to sweeten

bald truth
your yearning’s not normal
a city disaster no more, just informal

lame duck
adrift in the crosshairs
continues to swim, anywhere, unawares

L.M. 4:25 p.m., January 20th, 2015.

Where Are You, My Peaceful Mind

Where are you, my peaceful mind?
you call on me, from time to time
you make me question what is mine
through fields of corn, and city grime

where are you, my active mind?
you dart, you dash, you intertwine
my habits, as I’m so inclined
but choices, hardly worth my time

where are you, my precious mind?
to what decree are you assigned?
to what degree are you aligned?
and are these questions really mine?

L.M. 1:03 p.m., January 20th, 2015.

Ms. Compy Fix-it – Dates Converting to Numbers

Hello again!
Today I encountered a really annoying problem in Excel. In switching between open files, suddenly some of my dates were converted to numbers. September 3rd, 2014, became 41885, and all my columns expanded. I knew I’d hit something by accident, but no amount of Undo would fix it, and even changing the column’s Number Format to Date didn’t make them appear as dates!

Turns out, I had accidentally hit Ctrl + ` instead of Ctrl + Tab to shift between open Excel files. This turns on Show Formulas! So simple, yet it took me a good few minutes to figure it out. So if you’ve searched for this issue and found this post, Ms. Compy Fix-it is here to tell you you’re not alone!

So, if you find your columns unexpectedly expanding, and weird things happening to your data, check to make sure you haven’t accidentally turned on Show Formulas!