Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Yearly Calendar view for Outlook

A year view of your Outlook calendar

YearlyCalendar - download the code (free)

*** NOTE: new version available here ****

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You want to display, print or share more than one month of your Outlook Calendar? You want to view an entire year in the Calendar?
You'll love this macro, then. I couldn't find any free tool like this on the Internet, so I made one.


You can specify to view 1, 2, 3, .... 12 months at a time.
Your calendar will be displayed in an Internet Explorer window (but you can also open it in any other browser, as it is a simple html file).

Tips:
  • If you want to print out your calendar, you can use the view options of IE (view/text size/smallest) to squeeze a maximum of info on a page.
  • You can easily adapt the code to filter out certain categories of appointments (contact me if you have trouble).
  • You can decide to not display private appointments.
  • Print out an empty calendar and use it for handwritten scheduling.

outlook-tips.net says
"The following blog lists a VB Code sample for a yearly planner style calendar. It reads your default Outlook calendar and creates a HTML calendar. Supports up to 12 months. Code can be adapted to filter out categories. [...]
I tested it with Outlook 2007 and it works great. You can create a 1 -12 month calendar and print it, email it, or publish it to the web."

Other interesting articles
  • "Ciao Graziella," - A Reply button for your Outlook that fills in the recipients first name and greets them in their language.
  • Scheduling a big meeting? The only date where all participants are available is next year? How about a date where 9 out of 10 invitees are free?
  • Is your calendar so full of little reminders that you can't find your meetings anymore? How to hide the forest so you can see the big trees.
  • Print out your open reminders.
  • Getting Things Done - with Word and Outlook. Write up your projects in Word Outline mode, extract Outlook appointments and tasks for you Next Actions automatically.

Saturday, 26 May 2007

Browse your registry even if regedit doesn't let you


RegExplorer

Here's a vbs script that replaces your good old regedit.exe ... well, partly. Why would you use it? Maybe because...

  • you get an error "registry editing has been disabled by your administrator". But then again, you could simply activate registry editing with this script. If you cannot access regedit.exe then you can download regedit.exe and place it on your desktop. (For example if you get the error "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.")
  • you don't need to have administrator rights to read your registry
  • you don't need to install anything. It's a script. Just copy and paste the code to a text file, name it regexplore.vbs and double click on it.
  • you find it easier to use than the registry editor
  • it let's you browse the registry on a remote PC (if you have access, of course)
  • you can copy and paste registry paths easily.
  • it displays Binary Keys as readable text
  • it is "read only" and you don't want to overwrite anything in the registry

TIP: Browse HKEY_USERS\[your subkey]\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\ with this script. There are a lot of binary keys that will immediately be displayed in readable text form.