Time Zone – Change “All Day Appointment” to be an all day appointment

Outlook currenly uses 12 AM to 12 PM for All Day Events. This creates problem when it is for different time zone. A full-day event is a full-day event, no matter what time zone your are in.

It would be useful to use additional time zone feature in outlook to display local time zone without changing time of operating system. Either you can change all day event to local time zone setting.

One best option to handle with this problem is storing all time zone using UTC(Universal Cordinated Time) so that there is no need for any other time settings and appointment can be rendered using local time zone.

Ken Getz says more on this:
Time Zone Disaster – All Outlook Appointments Bite the Dust

Check for template updates

If you have a PowerPoint using an older version of a template and want to:

  1. See what version you are using
  2. Migrate to the latest version

Can I not have an option to ‘Check for Updates’ for the template, instead of starting a fresh new PowerPoint and importing the slides over?

 

 

Figure: Why can't we check for layout updates?

Figure: Why can’t we check for layout updates?

Spelling – Microsoft Word should pick up all spelling/grammar issues

It is very important that Microsoft Word picks up all spelling/grammar issues. It may be one little bug, but more likely this bug could affect a lot of possible sentences.
More and more people with English as their second language rely on this to make their emails professional.

When you type a sentence using the verb in the singular form with the subject is in the plural form, “Spelling and Grammar Check” tool does not pick it up as an error unless you keep typing more words after that.
E.g. “For documents that belongs on the inside…” should be “For documents that belong on the inside…”

 

 

Figure: BUG  - Microsoft Word's Spelling and Grammar Check tool can't pick up some correct words

Figure: BUG – Microsoft Word’s Spelling and Grammar Check tool can’t pick up some correct words

Figure: BUG  - Microsoft Word's Spelling and Grammar Check tool does not highlight the error if you have "..." at the end of the sentence

Figure: BUG – Microsoft Word’s Spelling and Grammar Check tool does not highlight the error if you have “…” at the end of the sentence

Note: We also rely on this with our Do you use Microsoft Word’s spelling and grammar checker to make your web content professional? rule.

Smart(er) Tags

Microsoft Office applications allow you to control when Smart Tags are triggered by using ‘recognizers’. The list of recognizers can be altered, in most cases through the AutoCorrect options dialog. (See screenshot of Word’s AutoCorrect dialog below.)

It would be good if the list box could allow the user to drill down each recognizer item and view sample data (e.g. for ‘Dates’ the sample data would be a date, such as ‘1/1/2003′).

There are two ways in which this could be implemented, namely:

  1. Show it just underneath each item when the item is expanded.
  2. Display a ‘More…’ button underneath each item, which will open a dialog that displays the sample data.
Figure: Smart tag settings in Microsoft Word

Figure: Smart tag settings in Microsoft Word

Getting More Smart Tags

Office could be improved in how it handles extending of its smart tag functionality.

Currently adding a custom smart tag requires editing registry; this should not be necessary. It would be better to implement an “Add Smart Tag” button to the Smart Tags tab of the AutoCorrect dialog.

Also, the “More Smart Tags” button in this dialog should be implemented as a hyperlink, as it links directly to a page on the Microsoft website.

Figure: Smart tag settings in Microsoft Word

Figure: Smart tag settings in Microsoft Word

Highlight button

Users of the Google Toolbar may be familiar with the Highlight option, which highlights all occurrences of the current search keywords in the current document. This is a very handy feature and it would be good to see it in all Microsoft Office applications as well.

Figure: Google highlight option in use

Figure: Google highlight option in use

Readable Settings Files

It would be nice if Office stored all of its settings files in a readable format. For example, if the settings files were stored as XML, then the user could clearly see the settings that were applied, and also be able to import/export parts of the settings files themselves (this is different to the current system where you have an all-or-nothing approach to the import/export of settings).

Figure: Settings files are stored in binary format, they should be XML

Figure: Settings files are stored in binary format, they should be XML

But what about invalid xml?

Just give the user a message something like: “Someone has changed with the xml and now it is invalid. Reverting to default settings.”

Note: Have renamed the file to zzWord11.xml so that they can attempt to fix it if they want to.