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text messages from your computer

If you want to send or receive text messages from your computer to a cell phone it’s easy to do.
Here is a quick and easy reference guide to show you how.
Mobile phone service provider

Boost Mobile
US Cellular
Virgin Mobile

So let’s pretend you want to send someone that has AT&T cell phone service a text message from your email account from a computer. This is exactly what you would type in the “to” field from your email account

111 123 1234 is obviously a made up fake phone number to give you a visual of how to do this.



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How to build a DVR – Digital Video Recorder

I am building a custom DVD digital video recorder security camera system from scratch and am going to explain how to do it.

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First you will need a basic desktop computer to start with. You can buy a pre-built computer such as a DELL or an HP or whatever brand you like want or you can build a computer yourself from scratch like I did. I chose to use 2 separate hard drives for my particular custom DVR build. Hard drive #1 being a 120 gig SSD hard drive and hard drive #2 being a large terabyte hard drive for storing the video feed. You can also record audio if you chose however this particular DVR isn’t going to be configured for recording any audio, only video.

After you have a computer all ready to go, next you will need to install a DVR card. I chose to use a Geovision DVR card but there are other manufacturers of high quality DVR cards that you can research yourself. I choose Geovision because I’ve always have had good experiences with their products.

Make sure the DVR card you choose is compatible with the computer you bought or built. The best way to do this is to contact the DVR card manufacturer and ask them if the card you want will work with your computer.

After you have the DVR card and the DVR software installed you will need to read the DVR card documentation and find out which ports you need to configure to listen on your computer. If you want to access your DVR remotely using remote desktop or through a web browser you will need to open and forward those same ports through your network router. This is most commonly referred to as port forwarding. “Don’t forget to assign your DVR computer to a local internal IP address”. You don’t want to use DHCP for obvious reasons when port forwarding is involved.

Next you will need to connect your cameras and power on the camera power supply. Most CCTV cameras come with their own power supply that you can plug into any electrical outlet. If you want to power multiple cameras you may want to consider using a multi output CCTV camera power supply which would supply power to multiple cameras.

After you have everything physically wired up you will need to power on the DVR computer and experiment with the DVR software. Now is a great time to start reading through the DVR card owner’s manual so you can figure out how to configure it to suite your needs. You may even wind up emailing the DVR card manufactures technical support to ask for help.

I purchased my DVR card from a company called CCTV Camera Pros. They have always answered any technical questions I have had and are very knowledge with the products that they sell. Wherever you decide to purchase your DVR card from make sure you call or email them to make sure they are easy to get a hold of should you need help configuring your DVR card before you purchase your DVR card.

After you have your DVR setup and working you there are some serious things to think about. Most DVR card software requires you to manually log into the DVR computer. The problem is what if you lose power? Of course I highly recommend you have your DVR plugged into a heavy duty UPS – battery backup up. Anyways let’s pretend your DVR lost power. You will want it to power back on all by itself when electricity is restored. This can usually be configured in the computers BIOS. I do suggest you make sure whatever computer you build or buy has this feature built into the motherboards BIOS.

I didn’t like the fact that I had to manually log into the operating system using a user name and password just so the DVR software would start. Another way was to set the computer to have no local password but this isn’t every good security practice. You certainly don’t want anybody being able to walk up to your DVR and have access to the computer whether it be employees or anybody else.

Ideally you want the DVR software to start and run as a service as soon as the operating system boots up “without requiring you to log into” the operating system. The best way I have found to overcome this obstacle is use a special tool called “Always Up” by Core Technology Consulting LLC” They mention the following Able to automatically start your application when your computer boots, to run when no user is logged in and to run despite logon/logoffs — all to guarantee uptime without manual user intervention AND Converts both GUI and non-GUI applications to run as Services.

After you install and configure “Always up” to start your DVR software as a service you are ready for what I call the DVR test. Turn the DVR on and see if it starts recording video feed all by itself with you doing anything beyond powering the DVR computer on. After it is powered on and running go ahead and verify you can access the DVR remotely via remote desktop, VNC or through a web browser.

Internally experiment connecting from another computer using the DVR’s internal static IP address and also go ahead and experiment connecting using your external WAN IP. Hopefully you have a STATIC WAN IP otherwise you will be on DHCP from your internet service provider and this means your WAN IP address will not stay the same.

Finally here comes the big test.

Unplug the DVR to mimic a power outage then wait a minute and plug it back in. It should turn on all by itself. If not then you need to re check your motherboards BIOS settings. The idea is building and configuring a DVR that turns itself on all by itself after a loss of power and automatically begins recording video feed without any human mimic a power outage then wait a minute and plug it back in. It should turn on all by itself. If not then you need to re check your motherboards BIOS settings.

The idea is building and configuring a DVR that turns itself on all by itself after a loss of power and automatically begins recording video feed without any human intervention. Final thoughts are if any of this is beyond your skill lever then I suggest finding somebody that is educated and skilled with computer networking to help you get everything configured and working to the above mentioned specifications. The end result is a rock solid DVR that you can count on to be easy to use and most importantly reliable and “always on”.

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How To Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

Do you know how many customers are coming to your website each day/week using their mobile, discover how to make your site mobile friendly to give them the best experience.

You most likely already know from experience that many people nowadays use their smart phones and tablets to surf the internet and shop online. If your old school website does not display well on a mobile devise you are going to lose website visitors because if your website can not be viewed on a mobile phone the visitor is going to close your website and look elsewhere instead on looking at your website.

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Many small to medium sized businesses seem to not understand the real benefits of running a mobile version of their website to keep up with today’s mobile technology where many internet users visit websites with their smart phones or other mobile devises. The fact is that typically 10% (1 in 10) of customers are coming through to your site using mobile internet technology – and that is conservative; for many businesses is much higher some of our clients are seeing up to 46% (restaurant). If that mobile experience isn’t good you could be losing potential customers which means you are losing MONEY!

  • With more potential customers coming to your website on mobile devises its in your best interest to give them a mobile friendly experience.
  • Mobile customers want information and they want it fast. Easy to ready content with a CTA – Call To Action content and making it easy to find you and communicate with you are ideal for providing your website visitors and potential customers an easy to use and positive experience.
  • Time matters – having a fast mobile site = lower bounce rates on mobile = more potential customers = more MONEY for your business.

It is also worth testing how friendly your website looks on a mobile or tablet; here are a few tools:

  • MobiReady – is a handy tool to test your website for mobile functionality.

Here are some options on how to make your site mobile friendly. Choosing the right method will depend on your existing website site and what you are trying to achieve.

How To Make Your Site Mobile if your website is wordpress based.

Use A Responsive Theme
A responsive WordPress theme helps by changing the layout to fit mobiles. Most new themes from leading suppliers like WooThemes and Genesis have a great range of responsive themes. This is probably needs to be tied in with producing a new website unless your website is already wordpress based.


WPtouch Pro is a simple WordPress plugin that transforms your WordPress site into a mobile friendly version. Some of the main features of WPTouch Professional  include: easy customization options, themes and an easy to use admin panel. Pricing for a single WordPress site around sixty bucks and is worth every penny.

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WPTap provide a range of mobile themes that you can buy and easily setup for mobile. Themes are priced at $49 or lower. The WPTap plugin converts your site to a mobile version or redirects to WpTap theme.


WP Mobile Detector

The plugin detects if a person is using a mobile device and then loads a mobile compatible theme for that device. One of the key features of this plugin is the number of devices it can support, more than 5000 types of mobile devices.


MobilePress has some custom themes to choose from as well as some other settings. MobilePress is limited in its ability to customize it unless you start getting into coding and custom CSS, but at a top level it is simple to use.

WordPress Mobile Pack

This plugin is has two key features: device adaptation & mobile recognition. It detects the mobile device and the browser and then adjusts your post into suitable pages for the mobile visitor.

Duda Mobile WordPress Plugin
Dudamobile provide a great and easy to use plugin that converts your WordPress website into a mobile-friendly site. It syncs with your WordPress site and also provides mobile SEO functions.

Now there are many other solutions that you may want to experiment with on your own.

Lets now assume your website is older then dirt and has been neglected. At this point its in your best interest to consult with a professional webmaster to have your website evaluated. A qualified webmaster will make recommendations as to whether you should keep your old website or if it should be modified to be mobile friendly. It is impossible to tell you how much this will cost because every website is different and unique. Most likely the webmaster will recommend you get up to date with a modern web platform however depending on many circumstances he or she may offer to custom build you a mobile website to operate with your already existing website.

If in doubt contact an experienced Orlando webmaster for professional advise and guidance so you don’t waste time or money guessing.





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Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

100+ Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

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This computer keyboard shortcut list will come in handy for both end users and network administrators alike. This is worth printing and keeping near your keyboard.

 Let’s be realistic here. Nobody is going to memorize all of these keyboard shortcuts.

What I suggest doing is printing this list then read each shortcut and highlight the ones that make your job a little easier.

Keyboard Shortcuts (Microsoft Windows)
1. CTRL+C (Copy)
2. CTRL+X (Cut)
… 3. CTRL+V (Paste)
4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
5. DELETE (Delete)
6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
8. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
11. CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
12. CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
13. CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
14. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
15. CTRL+A (Select all)
16. F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
17. ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
18. ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
19. ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
20. ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
21. CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents opensimultaneously)
22. ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
23. ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
24. F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
25. F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
26. SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
27. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
28. CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
29. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu) Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
30. F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
31. RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
32. LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
33. F5 key (Update the active window)
34. BACKSPACE (View the folder onelevel up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
35. ESC (Cancel the current task)
36. SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROMinto the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

Dialog Box – Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
2. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
3. TAB (Move forward through the options)
4. SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
5. ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
6. ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
7. SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
8. Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
9. F1 key (Display Help)
10. F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
11. BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts
1. Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
2. Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
3. Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
4. Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
5. Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
6. Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
7. Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
8. CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
9. Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
10. Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
11. Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
12. Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
13. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
14. Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)
15. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
16. Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)
17. SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)
18. NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)
19. Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
20. Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
21. END (Display the bottom of the active window)
22. HOME (Display the top of the active window)
23. NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
24. NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)
25. NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-) (Collapse the selected folder)
26. LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder)
27. RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)

Shortcut Keys for Character Map
After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:
1. RIGHT ARROW (Move to the right or to the beginning of the next line)
2. LEFT ARROW (Move to the left or to the end of the previous line)
3. UP ARROW (Move up one row)
4. DOWN ARROW (Move down one row)
5. PAGE UP (Move up one screen at a time)
6. PAGE DOWN (Move down one screen at a time)
7. HOME (Move to the beginning of the line)
8. END (Move to the end of the line)
9. CTRL+HOME (Move to the first character)
10. CTRL+END (Move to the last character)
11. SPACEBAR (Switch between Enlarged and Normal mode when a character is selected)

Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
Main Window Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+O (Open a saved console)
2. CTRL+N (Open a new console)
3. CTRL+S (Save the open console)
4. CTRL+M (Add or remove a console item)
5. CTRL+W (Open a new window)
6. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
7. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the MMC window menu)
8. ALT+F4 (Close the console)
9. ALT+A (Display the Action menu)
10. ALT+V (Display the View menu)
11. ALT+F (Display the File menu)
12. ALT+O (Display the Favorites menu)

MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+P (Print the current page or active pane)
2. ALT+Minus sign (-) (Display the window menu for the active console window)
3. SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
4. F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
5. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
6. CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
7. CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
8. ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for theselected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

Remote Desktop Connection Navigation
1. CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
2. ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
3. ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
4. ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
5. ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
6. CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
7. ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
8. CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
9. CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place asnapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboardand provide the same functionality aspressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
2. CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
3. CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
4. CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
5. CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
6. CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
7. CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
8. CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the same as CTRL+L)
9. CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
10. CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
11. CTRL+W (Close the current window)

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USB 3.0 Ports on Intel Sandy Bridge Motherboards and Operating System Installation

On the Intel Sandy Bridge motherboards including the Intel DH61BE motherboard I have noticed that keyboards and mice do not function when they are plugged into USB 3.0 ports when installing an operating system. The USB 3.0 ports are the blue USB ports. I also noticed while installing an operating system with these intel motherboards while the hard drive is plugged into a blue SATA port that the OS installation CD will not recognize that you have a hard drive present. If you have a USB keyboard and or USB mouse plugged into the USB 3.0 port which is the BLUE USB ports during the installation of an operating system, the keyboard and mouse will not function thus preventing you from installing an operating system. This is due to the fact that USB 3.0 functionality is being provided by a separate computer chip on the motherboard versus the legacy USB chip that is built in – integrated into the motherboard for the old school USB 2.0.

This means when installing an OS to ignore the blue USB and SATA ports on these intel motherboard and plug your hard drive and USB keyboard and mouse into the black ports. After you get the OS installed you can switch to using the USB 3.0 ports if you really want to but this isn’t necessary. Once the operating system is completely installed then the USB 3.0 ports will function.

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How to Enable iPhone Sync with Microsoft Outlook 2007

Ensure that Microsoft Outlook 2007 is enabling the iPhone to connect with it. Try these steps if the sync is not working with Outlook 2007.

1. Open Outlook 2007 and click Tools > Trust Center.

2. Under Categories, click Add-ins.

3. Under Details, look for iTunes add-in under Inactive Application Add-ins.

4. In the Manage box, click COM Add-ins, and then click Go.

5. In the COM Add-Ins dialog box, select the iTunes sync add-in.


6. Click OK.

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How to find a Microsoft Outlook .pst file

If you do not know where an old or existing .pst file resides on your computer and you want to add this .pst file to your Outlook profile, this section explains how to search for the .pst file and then add it to your Outlook profile.

To search for the .pst file, follow these steps:

  1. To search for the .pst files:
    • If you are running Windows Vista: Click Start, and then Computer. Locate the search window in the top right corner.
    • If you are running Windows XP: Click Start , and then click Search .
    • If you are running Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98: Click Start , point to Find , and then click Files or Folders .
    • If you are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me): Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders .
  2. Type *.pst, and then press ENTER or click Find Now. Locate the desired .pst file you want to add to Outlook. Record the location of the .pst file.
  3. Close the search window and start Outlook. Click on the File menu, and then select Data File Management.
  4. Click on the Add button, and then choose the correct type of .pst file to add: If your .pst file was created in Outlook 2007, then choose Office Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst). If your .pst file was created in an older version of Outlook, such as Outlook 97, 2000, or XP, then choose Outlook 97-2002 Personal Folders File (.pst).
  5. Navigate to the location of the desired .pst file that you found during your search above. Select the .pst file and click OK.
  6. Either type a custom name for the .pst file or accept the default name. Click OK. Click Close to exit the current window.

Outlook now displays that .pst file in the Outlook folder list.

If these methods did not help you, you might want to ask a network administrator to help you.

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How to back up Microsoft Outlook settings files

If you have customized settings, such as toolbar settings and Favorites, that you want to replicate on another computer or restore to your computer, you might want to include the following files in your backup:

  • Outcmd.dat: This file stores toolbar and menu settings.
  • ProfileName.fav: This is your Favorites file, which includes the settings for the Outlook bar (only applies to Outlook 2002 and older versions).
  • ProfileName.xml: This file stores the Navigation Pane preferences (only applies to Outlook 2003 and newer versions).
  • ProfileName.nk2: This file stores the Nicknames for AutoComplete.
  • Signature files: Each signature has its own file and uses the same name as the signature that you used when you created it. For example, if you create a signature named MySig, the following files are created in the Signatures folder:
    • MySig.htm: This file stores the HTML Auto signature.
    • MySig.rtf: This file stores the Microsoft Outlook Rich Text Format (RTF) Auto signature.
    • MySig.txt: This file stores the plain text format Auto signature.

    The location of the signature files depends on the version of Windows that you are running. Use this list to find the appropriate location:

    • Windows Vista or Windows 7: Drive\users\Username\appdata, where Drive represents the drive that Outlook was installed to and Username represents the user name that Outlook was installed under.
    • Windows XP or Windows 2000: Drive\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook, where Drive represents the drive that Outlook was installed to and Username represents the user name that Outlook was installed under.
    • Windows 98 or Windows Me: Drive\Windows\Local Settings\Application Data, where Drive represents the drive that Outlook was installed to.

Note If you use Microsoft Word as your e-mail editor, signatures are stored in the file as AutoText entries. You should back up this file also.

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How to use the Personal Folder Backup utility to automate the backup of .pst files

Your .pst file contains all the local Outlook folders, such as Calendar, Inbox, Tasks, Sent Items, Outbox, Deleted Items, and user-created folders. To automatically back up these folders, create a backup of your .pst file.

The Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup tool is an Outlook add-in that automates the backup process. The Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup tool works with Outlook 2000, Outlook 2002, Outlook 2003, and Outlook 2007. To download the add-in, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

With the Personal Folders Backup add-in, you can choose which of your .pst files you want to back up and how frequently you want to back them up.

Each .pst file contains all your Outlook folders. This includes the Inbox, Calendar, and Contacts. You can have a single .pst file (usually called “Internet Folders” or “Personal Folders” in your Folder List), but you might also have an additional .pst file that you use for archiving (“Archive Folders”). The Personal Folders Backup add-in lets you back up any of these .pst files.

Note The Personal Folders Backup add-in backs up only .pst files. If you have a Microsoft Exchange Server mailbox, the server mailbox folders are backed up regularly by the server administrator.

To use the Personal Folders Backup add-in, follow these steps:

  1. Start Outlook.
  2. On the File menu, click Backup.
  3. Click Options and select the .pst files that you want to back up.

To use the Personal Folders Backup add-in with Outlook 2010, follow these steps:

  1. Start Outlook.
  2. On the Ribbon, click Add-ins.
  3. Click Options and select the .pst files that you want to back up.

The Personal Folders Backup add-in can back up files to a disk. However, the add-in cannot spread the .pst file across multiple disks. When you change backup options, select a storage location that has sufficient free space to handle your whole .pst file.

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How to back up Microsoft OUTLOOK Personal Address Books

Your Personal Address Book might contain e-mail addresses and contact information that is not included in an Outlook Address Book or contact list. The Outlook Address Book can be kept either in an Exchange Server mailbox or in a .pst file. However, the Personal Address Book creates a separate file that is stored on your hard disk drive. To make sure that this address book is backed up, you must include any files that have the .pab extension in your backup process.

Follow these steps to locate your Personal Address Book file:

  1. If you are running Windows Vista: Click Start.If you are running Windows XP: Click Start, and then click Search.If you are running Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98: Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders.If you are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me): Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
  2. Type *.pab, and then press ENTER or click Find Now.Note the location of the .pab file. Use My Computer or Windows Explorer to copy the .pab file to the same folder or storage medium that contains the backup of the .pst file.

You can use this backup to restore your Personal Address Book to your computer or transfer it to another computer. Follow these steps to restore the Personal Address Book:

  1. Close any messaging programs such as Outlook, Microsoft Exchange, or Windows Messaging.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run. Copy and paste (or type) the following command in the Open box, and then press ENTER:
    control panel

    Control Panel opens.

    Note If you see the Pick a category screen, click User Accounts.

  3. Double-click the Mail icon.
  4. Click Show Profiles.
  5. Click the appropriate profile, and then click Properties.
  6. Click Email Accounts.
  7. Click Add a New Directory or Address Book, and then click Next
  8. Click Additional Address Books, and then click Next.
  9. Click Personal Address Book, and then click Next.
  10. Type the path and the name of the Personal Address Book file that you want to restore, click Apply, and then click OK.
  11. Click Close, and click then OK.

Note The Outlook Address Book is a service that the profile uses to make it easier to use a Contacts folder in a Mailbox, Personal Folder File, or Public Folder as an e-mail address book. The Outlook Address Book itself contains no data that has to be saved.

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