My word/phrase list:
- to stop receiving
- subscription preferences
- as a web page
- this message has been sent to
- like to opt out
- do not want to receive
- you no longer wish
- prefer not to receive
- to opt out
- this email was sent to
The space allowed for rules is VERY limited. You can have roughly 40 rules active at a time [sometimes far fewer]. It’s best to lump all the sorting of one specific type into the same rule, because the search terms do not seem to take up as much space as the rules themselves do.
While you can right-click and “Create Rule…” on every message type you want to filter, you will run out of rules space very quickly. Maybe in minutes.
I worked through some rules that helped greatly reduce the amount of newsletters, etc., that show up in my in my main inbox.
I started by creating a new rule [Tools->Rules and Alerts->New Rule…]
I started from a blank rule…
Next, I needed to match messages “with specific words in the subject or body”. [Really just the message body]
Click on the “specific words” text to bring up a pop-up where you can specify the words.
Type words in an click “add” until you’ve added all the phrases to search for:
Next, check “move it to the specified folder” and click the word “specified” in the bottom part to tell Outlook where to send the messages.
Optionally, you can specify exceptions [such as internal e-mails].
Be sure to check the rule’s checkbox in the “Rules and Alerts” window to enable it.
If you want to run your newly created rule on existing messages, click [Apply] then [Run Rules Now…] and check the rule to run.
I’m not really that elitist about non-programmers using applications in an advanced way the programmers could find a better way to do. I’ve never had to port functionality from an Excel spreadsheet that was 2 MB in size prior to data being added–at least not more than once.
However, I am a bit disturbed that Excel is the new Access:
The total number of available columns in Excel
Old Limit: 256 (2^8)
New Limit: 16k (2^14)
The total number of available rows in Excel
Old Limit: 64k (2^16)
New Limit: 1M (2^20)
Number of unique colours allowed a single workbook
Old Limit: 56 (indexed colour)
New Limit: 4.3 billion (32-bit colour)
Therefore, Excel is now Microsoft’s new small business data warehouse. (Apologies to DW people.)
You could also store and represent a very large 32-bit color bitmap inside an Excel spreadsheet. Also supported are Base-64 Encoded BLOBs 🙂 :
The total number of characters that can display in a cell
Old Limit: 1k (when the text is formatted)
New Limit: 32k or as many as will fit in the cell (regardless of formatting)
The number of characters per cell that Excel can print
Old Limit: 1k
New Limit: 32k
The maximum length of formulas (in characters)
Old Limit: 1k characters
New Limit: 8k characters
The number of levels of nesting that Excel allows in formulas
Old Limit: 7
New Limit: 64
Maximum number of arguments to a function
Old Limit: 30
New Limit: 255
How to hide gridlines on an Excel Worksheet.
Select a Worksheet.
On the [View] tab, un-check Gridlines under the Window Options section.
Row and column headers, scroll bars, and sheet tabs are also hideable through this tab.
How to Split and Freeze Panes
Freeze panes makes very nice title rows (the bottom pane does not scroll into the title row).