Fix: Microsoft Office Icons Missing or Replaced with Generic white icons

Scenario: All of sudden you notice that your Microsoft Office Icons are Missing or Replaced with Generic white icons.  You perform Icon cache Rebuild but still issue remains.  Cause: The Office installer places all Office applications Icons in the Windows installer folder.  When this folder becomes missing or unavailable, then Office applications loose icons to show up.  The setting of Icon path is saved in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT (HKCR) registry as shown below: PS C:\> reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Excel.Addin\DefaultIcon HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Excel.Addin\DefaultIcon    (Default)    REG_SZ    C:\windows\Installer\{91140000-0011-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}\xlicons.exe,6 PS C:\> You can also use FileTypesMan utility that will lists all the extensions along with their Default Icon path […]

Microsoft Outlook Application dependency on OWA URL

Scenario: You are moving Exchange mailboxes of users from one datacentre to another.  Post movement, your users will be able to access their mailboxes via OWA URL of the new datacentre.  However, until reconfigured, their Outlook application will still be connecting to user mailbox via their previous datacentre OWA URL only and thus email access via Outlook becomes flaky and slower.  If the previous datacentre OWA URL becomes unavailable, users will not be able to access their mailboxes until their OWA URL configured in Outlook is updated to point to the new datacentre OWA URL.   Resolution: Update user Outlook […]

Enable Auto Fill Options in Excel 2010 via Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop setting

Enable Auto Fill Options in Excel 2010: It’s often case that while working in Excel 2010, you notice that Auto Fill options aren’t available all of sudden, without you making any changes that would disable/stop this feature in Excel. You would like to have it enabled back so that you can continue using it in your Excel 2010. Here are the quick steps on how to toggle (switch on or off) the Auto Fill feature in Excel: Open Excel File > Options > Advanced > Edition Options > Select “Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop” option Once you enable that […]