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Windows 7: Is there Outlook plugin that makes better notifications of new emails?

31 May 2013   #11
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dc2000 View Post
Yes, I did. David, I'm dealing mostly with women in their late 50's.
If I wasn't the lone IT staffer, I'd ask if you worked at my company. Be careful always trying to find a technical solution, because you may end up with an issue or complaint that has no technical solution. I can't stress it enough, that training and education will be the way to go. They're age and technical ability can't be a crutch or a shield they hide behind. If you show them and teach them, they'll get it. You may end up drinking more, but these "issues" will get much easier in time if you lay the groundwork now.


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31 May 2013   #12
dc2000

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Hello dc2000,

Not sure if you're interested in the Notification plug-in, but I played with it and found:
1) It can be easily configured to display an alert for all emails
2) The alert is displayed until the User closes it, or closes Outlook
- The alert is displayed even after a screen saver kicked in, or the PC did a wake-up from sleep
Hey, thanks a lot! I was off for a day, so didn't see your post. Very nice find.
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31 May 2013   #13
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

With similar situation a few years ago - with the added twist that often the users would actually close Outlook, without realising and thus suffer eMail withdrawal syndrome

In the end I fell back on a small Open Source tray utility PopTray , quite well featured, plus plug-in architecture, and still available, the source code is also available so could be adapted to suit

It's obviously quite an old program that has not been updated for some time but it works with Windows 7 so it could be an option - or something more recent with the same sort of design
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31 May 2013   #14
dc2000

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
With similar situation a few years ago - with the added twist that often the users would actually close Outlook, without realising and thus suffer eMail withdrawal syndrome

In the end I fell back on a small Open Source tray utility PopTray , quite well featured, plus plug-in architecture, and still available, the source code is also available so could be adapted to suit

It's obviously quite an old program that has not been updated for some time but it works with Windows 7 so it could be an option - or something more recent with the same sort of design
Hey, that's a good tool too. Thanks! And, yes, I'm so familiar with the problem of closing Outlook. I actually posted a separate question about it on this forum

As to what DeaconFrost said, I agree with it, except that you can go so far with PC training. I wish I worked in one of those San Francisco start-ups. Unfortunately in my case I'm dealing with people who have a hard time understand what a window is -- in computing sense
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31 May 2013   #15
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Dump the screensavers, screens no longer need 'saved', if that is really making a lot of them unable to see if new emails are available, but yeah I agree that is pathetic laziness on their part, if I am expecting emails, I am obnoxiously checking TOO much if anything.

Outlook itself doesn't have a more obnoxious setting for alerting users: SOUNDS or graphically?

I'd check, but I haven't used/installed Outlook in 11 years, after leaving a job where I had to support the ****** everyday with a fairly robust user base. I expect at least $5/hr more if I have to support that ****** again.
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