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On how many computers can I legaly install and activate one MS Office 2010 suite?

Since the new Microsoft Office 2010 is on the market, we always get this questions from customers.

On how many computers can I legally  install and activate a license of my Microsoft Office 2010 version?

Well, to find that out, you need to read all the Microsoft Software License Terms and you need to understand them too.

Here a short and understandable version from a license specialist:

How many licenses /installations do Office Product Key Cards allow (this is what you buy, when you have a preinstalled MS Office on your new computer)?

Every Product Key Card will allow one user to activate one Office 2010 suite on one preloaded PC.

How many licenses /installations are allowed with the traditional Office discs version?

The number of installations is different, depending on the Office suite which was purchased. The disc version of Office Home and Student 2010 allows a user to install one copy of the software on up to three PCs in a single household for non-commercial use.

Office Home and Student 2010 cannot be used for any commercial, non-profit or revenue generating activity or by any governmental organization.

The disc version of Office Home and Business 2010 and Office Professional 2010 allows one user to install one copy on one PC and a second copy on his portable device like a laptop.

Here the link to the official reference from Microsoft:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/office-product-key-card-frequently-asked-questions-HA101847520.aspx

If you have any more questions regarding licensing, contact Phuket Hosting and we will help you to find the right product for you.

How to convert PDF to Word

The format of Microsoft Word documents is universal, but the Adobe Acrobat PDF file format is even more popular. If you need to convert a PDF file to Word, here some ideas how to do it.

The problem with PDF files is that, unless you own Adobe Acrobat Pro, the tool used to make and edit PDF files, it can appear difficult to get a PDF file into Microsoft Word format so that you can edit it and share it with others in an easily editable format.

It is not that difficult, and you should be able to do it for free. There are free desktop applications that will get the job done for you, which is probably the way to go if you need to do a lot of conversions. Otherwise, if you just need one or even an occasional conversion from PDF to Word, you are probably better off with one of the Web sites that specializes in these conversions.

If you convert regularly, one of the things that you probably want to look for is a desktop tool that will do conversions in batches. One of this tools is Smartsoft’s Free PDF to Word converter. Please note that it is a Windows-only solution, and that the free download is a stripped-down version of their paid programs. Regardless, it does a good job of doing basic conversions of the type you want: PDF to MS Word. Downloading and installing this program is exactly like the download and installation process for any other Windows program.

The tool works on all recent Windows versions and will convert PDF files into either Word 2003 or Word 2007 format, either of which can be read by any Word version after the one that you export to. All in all, it is a very useful conversion program. Use is straightforward.

Just select the files you want to convert, select the desired output format, select a folder in which to put the converted documents, and click on the “Convert” command button. Use Your version of word or OpenOffice Writer to open the converted files and edit the content.

Talking about OpenOffice, check out the AddOns at the developers web site… there is a PDF Addon which makes you able just to drag and drop a PDF file on the OpenOffice symbol on the desktop and after a few minutes (depends on the complexity of the PDF document) it will open in OpenOffice Draw where you can edit the PDF file as you want. This PDF import tool is working nearly perfect. When you are finish with your work, just safe the document with a mouse click back in to a PDF document.

For an online service for just the occasional conversion, the place to go is PDFtoWord.com. The site only allows you to convert one file at a time, but you can convert multiple files serially. The site is easy to use. Click on “Choose File” and select a PDF file from your local file system. Then select which kind of file that you want to export, a .doc file or an .rtf file. Then type in your email address so that the converted file can be sent to you and click on the “Convert” button. The converted file will be emailed to you. Another great file conversion site is Zamzar.com, which converts a huge number of file types, including audio and video, to other file types, and of course does PDF to Word conversions.

As always, if you need any more information or solutions, do not hesitate to contact Phuket Hosting.

Always download full items in IMAP mode / MS Outlook 2003 – 2010

You are using your account as an IMAP account and noticed that it will only download the message when you actually click on the message.

This can be very annoying when you are not connected to the Internet at that time.

How can I configure it so that it will directly download the message in full without clicking on it first?

Up until Outlook 2007, by default an IMAP account will indeed be set to “Download headers only”.

With Outlook 2010, this default has changed to “Download complete item including attachments”.

You can change these default settings in your Send/Receive settings.

Send/Receive settings

To edit your Send/Receive settings, press CTRL+ALT+S and press the Edit… button.
Another way of reaching this dialog is through:

  • Outlook 2007 and previous

    Tools-> Options…-> tab Mail Setup-> button Send/Receive…-> Edit…

  • Outlook 2010

    File-> section Options-> section Advanced-> button Send/Receive…-> Edit…

If you have multiple accounts configured, select your IMAP account in the left column.

Configure download behavior

How to configure the download behavior depends on your version of Outlook and your desired settings.

  • Outlook 2003 and previous

    In the Folder Options section, select a folder and change the option from from “Download headers only” to “Download complete item including attachments”.

    You’ll have to do this for each individual folder, there is no way to change this for all folders at once.

  • Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010

    Under “Receive mail items” you can change the download method for all folders at once.
    If you want to control it on a per-folder basis, then you’ll have to select the option “Use the custom behavior defined below”.

If you need any help in do a proper set up of your MS Outlook or other Microsoft products, please contact us and we will assist you.

How to start Outlook in safe mode

You can start Outlook in safe mode with

hold the CTRL key while clicking on the Outlook icon or

click on Start -> Run and type in outlook /safe