Repair a Microsoft Money 2005 file

Microsoft Money File Repair

I received an email today from someone who was having trouble upgrading from Microsoft Money 2004 to the last version, Microsoft Money 2005 (QFE2) UK. While opening his Money 2004 .MNY file in Money 2005, the program kept hanging.

Many Microsoft Money users are unaware there is a file repair tool bundled with the application.

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Microsoft Outlook category colours

Here’s something that bugs me every time I have to use Microsoft Outlook: the Categories colour picker:

Categories colours

Seriously, who a) chose those particular colours, and b) put them in that completely random order?!

Would it be too much to ask for a more colour-spectrum order? Something like this:

Category colours in a better order

A first world problem, I know. But it really bugs my sense of aesthetic and order every time I use it. Which is often.

Microsoft To Do review

Screenshot of Microsoft To Do

As many may know, I am a big fan of Todoist and have written a few blog posts about Todoist. But a few weeks ago I installed Microsoft To Do and used it exclusively for a few days to see how it compared.

Within two days I returned to Todoist. I wanted to capture a few thoughts about why.

(Note: it would appear that either there was a significant update to Microsoft To Do in the last two weeks or my laptop was only able to install an older version because a few of the niggles I had with it appear to have been resolved in the latest version, which I installed on my desktop PC.)

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Inclusivity settings in Microsoft Word

Screenshot of Inclusiveness settings in Word
Inclusiveness settings in Word for Microsoft 365

Here’s an interesting little something that I learned on Twitter a few weeks ago: within the grammar checker settings in Microsoft Word (both native Windows application and online version) there is a section on inclusiveness that checks your writing for

  • Ethnic slurs
  • Gender bias
  • Gender-specific language

The Windows application also checks for

  • Age bias
  • Cultural bias
  • Racial bias
  • Sexual orientation bias

Why are these not switched on by default? Here’s how to switch these on.

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