Tag Archives: Email

Change the Default Temperature Unit in Calendar

If you have switched to Microsoft Outlook 2013 you may have noticed the weather displaying above your Calendar.  You may also have noticed that the default temperature unit is Fahrenheit – not Celcius, which we use here in New Zealand.

This is how you can change the default temperature unit in Outlook Calendar 2013 to Celcius (or even switch it off if you wish).


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P-Card Receipt Record-Keeping Made Easier

This is a great tool for keeping a record of receipts on your travels.

Use Microsoft Office Lens  to take a photo of a receipt – from any angle – then email it to yourself,  save it to your phone’s camera roll, or copy it to OneDrive or OneNote. Microsoft Office Lens  automatically straightens the photo and crops out the background.

When you return to work you will have a very-easy-to-gather collection of your receipts, already scanned and ready to submit.


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Format your email signature

Some Schools/Departments/Teams at UC have a consistent email signature for staff to use.

The easiest way to create your signature is to:

  1. Open an email from a member of your School/Department/Team  whose signature is:
    – consistent with the rest of your School/Department/Team
    – contains the right information
    – is properly laid out
  2. Copy their signature
  3. In Outlook’s signature editing area (>File>Options>Mail>Signatures) paste their signature into your own signature area
  4. Replace their details with your own details.

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Manage email using Follow-up Flags

Do you get snowed under by your email?
Do you forget important emails?
Do you write yourself reminders that you need to
follow up certain emails by certain dates?

Read this:

Managing email using flags


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Type Using Macrons

Macrons are an important part of writing te reo Māori accurately. They indicate vowel length. Vowel length can change meaning.

To type a macron, tap the ~ key followed by the vowel that you wish to place a macron above.
eg,  ~+a = ā~+A = Ā

Note: the ~ key, or tilde key, is just below the Esc key in the upper left corner of the computer keyboard

Macrons will only work if you have first enabled macrons on the computer or device you wish to use macrons on.

To configure your Outlook email to display macrons  consistently you need to set Outlook’s Options to use something called Unicode UTF-8 encoding. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either! Don’t worry, it’s a simple process and here’s how:

PC: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/setting-outlook-use-utf8-32242.html

MAC: Go to your Mac’s Outlook Preferences > Composing. Then look for the label Preferred encoding for new messages and select Unicode (UTF-8).

My colleagues and I have written some other Tech Tips for macrons that you may find useful too:

Te tohutō: The macron and how to enable the Māori keyboard

Type on an iPad using Macrons with a Bluetooth keyboard

Type on an iPhone or iPad using Macrons

Type on a Samsung Galaxy S4 using Macrons


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