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Archive for the ‘Office 2003’ Category

Displaying Full Message Headers and Source in Microsoft Outlook (Windows) – via: Yale ITS

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/12/07

Showing message headers and source used to be easy in early Outlook versions.

But as of Outlook 2007 they hid the internet message headers even further away than in Outlook 2003.

Steps for Outlook 2007+:

  1. Start Outlook.
  2. Double-click the message for which you want to view full internet headers.
  3. Click Options (2007) or Tags (2010/2013).
  4. The Message Options dialog box is displayed. You are after the Internet headers field at the bottom of the dialog box.

Same for the message source:

  1. Start Outlook
  2. Double-click the message for which you want to view full internet headers.
  3. In the Move section of the Ribbon, click on Actions
  4. Click Other Actions
  5. Click View Source
  6. Notepad (or the program associated with html source files) opens with a file email.txt containing the message source.



Posted in Office, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Outlook, Power User | Leave a Comment »

How to aggregate (count/sum/average) cells and ignore the #div/0! ‘s – via: list of functions by Excel version

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/11/19

I bumped into a #DIV/0! result for average functions when processing large sets of data.

It is actually very easy to spot the error in small results, sets, but hard in big ones, as you cannot see the #DIV/0!

So there are average functions that can ignore certain outcomes. COUNT already does that (there is no COUNTIF), the others have a *IF equivalent, but not in all Excel versions:

Note there is a small SUMIF/SUMIFS/AVERAGEIF/AVERAGEIFS in Excel 2010 (not in 2007, and maybe not in 2013) glitch when the criteria are in a different sheet.

The seemingly easy workaround of summing columns A and B, then doing the division fails: it returns different results as it forgets to ignore faulty rows:

SUM/AVERAGE versus SUMIF/AVERAGEIF (click to enlarge)

SUM/AVERAGE versus SUMIF/AVERAGEIF (click to enlarge)

Leermomentje (techable moment comes close)…



Posted in Development, Excel, Office, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Power User, Software Development | 2 Comments »

Changing a TextBox annotation in an MDI file

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/28

Even though MDI files have been abandoned for a while (you can only install it for Office XP, 2003 and 2007), sometimes I need to do some editing of TextBox annotations.

This is not intuitive: you have to right-click the textbox in order to edit it.

Printing in Office 2003 also was non-intuitive: Ctrl-P would crash the Microsoft Office Document Imaging MDI editor with a Microsoft Crash Report. But mouse-clicking the print-icon works. I remember having sending dozens of these reports to Microsoft around 10 years ago, but it never got fixed.


Posted in Microsoft Document Imaging, Office, Office 2000, Office 2003, Office 2007, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Excel: get content of a cell given the row and column numbers (ADDRESS, INDIRECT, ROW, COLUMN)

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/28

A while ago, I needed to do calculations on partially absolute cell references: for some number of rows, the cells needed to be fixed to the top row of each row group.

For a pure absolute cell reference, you’d prepend a dollar sign to the row or column of a cell. So A1 would become $A1 (to make column A absolute), A$1 (to make row 1 absolute) or $A$1 (to make both column A and row 1 absolute).

There is a nice short cut function key F4 to do this.

Excel does not have a built-in partially absolute cell reference solution.

To solve this, I used these addressing functions: ADDRESSINDIRECTCOLUMNROW.

For all these functions, the ROW and COLUMN numbering starts at 1 (one) not 0 (zero).

The way I solved it was to added the below columns (first the reference:heading, then the formula).

The values in the formulas are for ROW 2 (cells A2..XFD2).

  1. AF: Calculation
    • =IF(D2=”*”;INDIRECT(AG2)&X2;””)
  2. AG: ZLookup
  3. AH: Row
    • =2+12*TRUNC((ROW()-2)/12)

Column AH

Calculates the fixed row of the row group. There are 12 rows per group. ROW numbers start at 1, and there is one heading row, hence the 2+ and the -2.

Without TRUNC, the ROW result would be rounded (that is the default floating point to integer conversion that Excel uses).

There is no need to reference a specific row when calling ROW: if you leave it out, it will return the number of the current row.

Column AG

returns the address of the calculated ROW (from AH) combined with the

Column AF

Depending on the value of the D column, it calculates the outcome by combining



Posted in Algorithms, Development, Excel, Floating point handling, Office, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Power User, Software Development | 2 Comments »

Excel: replace function is named SUBSTITUTE – via: Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/03

Thanks DarkAjax for answering this:

what you’re looking for is


Will substitute Author for Authoring without messing with everything else.

I always forget that SUBSTITUTE is a synonym for replace.

There are REPLACE and REPLACEB, but these replace content of a cell, not of a string.


via Excel: replace part of cell’s string value – Stack Overflow.

Posted in Excel, Office, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Power User | Leave a Comment »

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