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ERROR: Attempting to open a Office file type that is blocked

When you try to open any office file documents created with an earlier version of Office applications like Word 95, Word 6.0 or Word 2, the file will open in 'Protected View' by default and the editing functions will be disabled.


Though it is not recommended, but if you face such issue and still want to open the document for editing, you can follow the steps mentioned here.

Windows 10 Redstone 3 build 16184 released for PCs in fast ring

Microsoft has announced a new insider preview build 16184 for PCs in the fast ring Windows Insiders. It contains a couple of new features, which people are waiting for a long time. Apart from the new features, a set of improvements and fixes are also available in this build.


Check out this post to know what's new in this build, what has been changed and fixed. Don't forget to read the known issues before downloading it.

Windows 10 Creators Update bumped to build 15063.250 (KB4016240)

Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 10 Cumulative Update (KB4016240) for the devices running Windows 10 Creators Update. If you are running version 1703, check for updates. If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes will get downloaded.


This is a non-security update and includes quality improvements and no new features are being introduced. Checkout to know the improvements and fixes part of this update.

Windows 10 Redstone 3 to be released in September 2017

Microsoft officially announced that, the next major feature update (code named: 'Redstone 3') will be targeted for release in the month of September 2017. They have also announced that the company will release two major feature upgrades of Windows 10 every year.


To know more about the release plan of the next major feature upgrades of Windows 10, continue reading the post.

How to automatically free up space in Windows 10 Creators Update?

Windows 10 Creators Update can allow you to configure the system to automatically free up space by getting rid of files that you don't need. These are the files that resides in the temporary folder and in your recycle bin.


In this blog post, we are going to see how to configure your system to automatically free up those files. Continue reading more to learn it.

How to hide Windows 10 Settings pages with Creators Update?

Corporates some time needs to disable/hide few settings pages to block the users from changing the system settings. Windows 10 Creators Update provides the system admins to show/hide specific settings pages by tuning them in the Windows Group Policy Settings.


In this post, we will learn how to control the visibility of the pages. Before proceeding, make sure that you are an admin user.

List of Windows 10 Mobile devices, that will get Creators Update

Along with the announcement of 'Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16176', Microsoft officially announced that only a set of few Windows 10 Mobile devices will get the Creators Update and future insiders build.


If you are already in latest insider preview build on old devices, you won't get the feature update but will receive cumulative updates.

How to configure the Windows 10 'Night Light' settings?

The light we generally see is a combination of different colors and among which the blue light has the maximum energy that can put more strain to eyes while working on a computer for long during the night. With the 'Windows 10 Creators Update', you can now control it.


In this blog post, we are going to see how we can configure it to lower the emission of blue light and ask Windows to show warmer colors to make it easier to sleep at night.

First build of Windows 10 Redstone 3 (build 16170) released for PC

Windows Insiders in the fast ring on PC gets their first Windows 10 Preview build 16170 from the Redstone 3 branch. Dona Sarkar, in her blog post, announced the availability of build 16170 for the Windows Insiders.


Though there are no new major changes in this build, but has some one core related changes and refactoring done for restructuring for the next branch work.

Microsoft opened the store for apps targeting Creators Update

Microsoft opened up the door of Windows Store for the developers who are willing to target their UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps for Windows 10 Creators Update. They have now officially released the RTM version of the SDK Tools.


In order to use the latest UWP APIs of the SDK, you must upgrade your system to Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) and use Visual Studio 2017 (version 15.1).

Here's how to read emails from Outlook using C#

You would like to build an application/addin that reads outlook mail and notify the user or would like to do some other operations based on your business need. For this, you will need to use the Microsoft Outlook APIs.


Today we are going to see, how this can be done using the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.dll to read the email from Outlook context and extract the data.

COM Exception from HRESULT: 0x80080005

While working with Microsoft Office Interoperability, you may face the following exception that states: "COMException (0x80080005): Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID failed due to the following error: 80080005".


This issue happens when Outlook is already running and you are trying to access it's mailbox from Visual Studio environment. Let's discuss more about the issue.

Windows 10 Creators Update will begin to roll out on April 11

Microsoft today officially announced that Windows 10 Creators Update will start rolling out on 11th April 2017. As we already know, it will come as a 'Free Upgrade' to all the customers who are currently running Windows 10 on their system.


The new upgrade will come with lots of new features and enhancements. If you are a Windows Insider, you might have already experienced the same.

How to set custom colors in Windows 10 Creators Update?

Windows 10 Creators Update allows you to set custom colors to its background as well as its accent color. You can now modify it based on your mood, instead of just depending on the default color sets that comes with Windows 10.


In this post, we will discuss how to access the custom colors and assign them to Windows background and accent color.

A new build 15063 is available for Windows 10 Insiders

Microsoft has released a new insiders preview build for fast ring PC and mobile users, after releasing couple of PC builds last week. If you are a Windows Insider in the fast ring, check for updates.


Build 15063 contains no new features other than improvements and fixes. Check the release notes and known issues before installing it.

How to temporarily defer installing Windows 10 Creators Update?

As the big giant is planning to wave out the Windows 10 Creators Update in April 2017, most of the people are excited to get the updates as soon as it is available. But there are some people or corporates who does not want to install the update immediately.


This post details about how to delay installing the Creators Update at the beginning and temporarily push it to future for couple of months.

Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way to release in April

Microsoft is preparing for the next big update for Windows 10, that's the Creators Update from the Redstone 2 branch. If you are running Windows 10, you might have already started receiving the promotional message on your Windows Update page.


This message appears on the Windows Update page for the users who are running the latest version of the Windows 10 anniversary update.

How to amend your last commit in Git repository?

There could be various reasons when you would like to amend your last commit. One of them is improper commit message and/or wrong committer information. In any of the case, you may like to change the previous commit.


In this small post, we will learn how to amend your last Git commit message as well as the committer information (username and email). Continue reading to know more.

'Enter' key does not work in Visual Studio Package Manager Console

Microsoft has recently released Visual Studio 2017 and you might be already started working in it. If you are using NuGet Package Manager Console, you may face an issue which prevents you to press the keyboard 'Enter' key.


If you faced this issue, which has been already logged, here is a workaround to resolve it for the time being while Microsoft is working on the fixes.

Get early access to 'Visual Studio Preview'

Microsoft has started a new program to provide early access to the Visual Studio Preview to try out the latest features, bug fixes incorporated to Visual Studio 2017 and help to shape the future by making the IDE even better.


Visual Studio Preview has the most recent code pushed with new features, bug fixes and can run side-by-side with stable version of the IDE. Read more to know about it and get the preview installer.

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