Turn on Google Apps out of office.

If you are using google apps and Outlook there is no way of configuring an out of office message in Outlook. This is annoying and it will require you to login to your gmail account in the browser to set the Out of Office message. To login go to your gmail use the url http://mail.google.com/a/yourdomainname.com. You will need to change yourdomainname.com to your domain name.

Once logged in you will need to click on the gear icon google apps gearin the top right hand corner and select the settings menu option.

google apps setting

Once the setting page has opened scroll down to the “Out of Office AutoReply” section and select the “Out of Office Autoreply on” radio button and complete the necessary fields and scroll down the page and click on the save settings button

google apps out of office

Boot Windows 8.1 to the desktop

Are you tired of booting your Windows 8 to the Start menu interface and then selecting the desktop? Well thankfully that is no longer necessary in Windows is 8.1 as you now have the ability to boot directly to the desktop and bypass the annoying Start menu interface.

Follow these steps:

  1. Right click in the taskbar.
  2. Select the properties menu option.
  3. When the property dialogue box opens Select the Navigation tab.
  4. Under the Start screen section check the box “Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in”
  5. Click “Apply” and then “Ok”

The next time you reboot your PC will load the desktop instead of the start menu.