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Does Outlook work on Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Does Outlook work on Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Manufacturers and retailers often offer the current version of Office with the purchase of a new computer, sometimes with a discount. Should you purchase the new version or save your money and keep the old ...

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Using Two-factor authentication in Outlook

Using Two-factor authentication in Outlook

I thought I wrote about this a few weeks ago, right after Microsoft introduced two-step authentication at Outlook.com but I can't find it, so if it's a duplicate, sorry. :) Two-factor (or two-step) authentication is ...

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How to find folder paths in Outlook mailboxes

How to find folder paths in Outlook mailboxes

We get a lot of questions asking how to search for folders or get folder paths in Outlook. Unfortunately, it's not possible to search for folders and when you search for contents of a folder, ...

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Configuring an Outlook.com account in Outlook

Configuring an Outlook.com account in Outlook

Outlook.com replaced Hotmail recently. It's been around awhile, used for Live@Edu accounts (student accounts at some universities). It's a Hotmail / Live account with an OWA interface. Because Outlook.com is essentially a Hotmail account, you ...

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How to start Outlook in safe mode

How to start Outlook in safe mode

When something isn't working right with Outlook we often tell users to start Outlook in safe mode or using the /safe switch. This loads Outlook without many of the customization files and add-ins loaded. If ...

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How to use Scanpst.exe to repair Outlook data files

How to use Scanpst.exe to repair Outlook data files

Scanpst (aka the Inbox Repair tool) is found in your Office installation folders, usually C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeXX, where XX is your version of Office. In Vista and Windows 7 64-bit, the folder is C:Program ...

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Find the Email Address Properties dialog in Outlook 2013

In older versions of Outlook, you could click on a Contact’s email address to bring up a dialog that allowed you to always use Rich Text format, Plain Text format, or to let Outlook decide the best format when sending email or meeting and task requests to the address.

Outlook's email address properties

In really old versions Outlook, double clicking on an email address brought up the dialog, while in Outlook 2010, you needed to right-click on the email address then select Outlook Properties from the menu or use the Options button on the hovercard and select Outlook Properties.

the hovercard in Outlook 2010

Although the Options button was removed from Outlook 2013’s hovercard, the Open Outlook Properties command is on the right-click menu, but you have to be really fast.

If the hovercard comes up before you right click on the address, the Open Outlook Properties command disappears. Once the command disappears from the menu, you’ll need to restart Outlook and try again. If you view the properties dialog and want to look at it a second time, you’ll need to restart Outlook.

Open Outlook Properties dialog

The only exception is for users with an Exchange mailbox: with contacts for people who are also in the GAL, you don’t have to be fast – the Open Outlook Properties command is always available, but only for your contacts who are also in the GAL. (That's about as useful as a fifth wheel on a wagon. :))

Is there hope for someone who uses this dialog a lot or can't right-click fast enough? A little. Set the TurnOffHoverFunctionality value in the registry and the hovercard won’t pop-up until you right-click on the email address. Once you bring up the hovercard, the Open Outlook Properties command disappears, but you won’t have to be quite so quick to right-click the first time since the hovercard won't come up automatically.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\common\contactcard
DWORD: TurnOffHoverFunctionality
Value: 1 (turn off) or 0 (enable)

You can download a ready to use .reg file from Don't show the card when you hover over the address

If you use Outlook 2010 and don't like the hovercard coming up automatically, the TurnOffHoverFunctionality value works with Outlook 2010 too, using Office\14.0\ path of course. (The link above has a *.reg file for Outlook 2010 too.)

Open Outlook Properties Tutorial

Published April 15, 2014. Last reviewed on April 15, 2014.