Disabling Teams Advertisements
Teams (Microsoft) Friday, 05 July 2024 by paul

Teams has started displaying some Microsoft Adverts for What's New in Teams and Conferences. This can be annoying to users who just want to use Teams. The latest version of MicrosoftTeams PowerShell has introduced a methods of disabling those messages from being displayed.

To do so first ensure your MicrosoftTeams PowerShell module is v6.1 or higher:

get-module MicrosoftTeams

To update the PowerShell module use command: Update-Module MicrosoftTeams -RequiredVersion 6.3.0 -Force

If updated then restart PowerShell and run the following:

Get-CsTeamsUpdateManagementPolicy -Identity Global

Check what is returned for DisabledInProductMessages

To set run the folowing:

[array]$DisabledMessages = "edf2633e-9827-44de-b34c-8b8b9717e84c", "91382d07-8b89-444c-bbcb-cfe43133af33"
Set-CsTeamsUpdateManagementPolicy -Identity Global -DisabledInProductMessages $DisabledMessages

That should now apply to all tenant users :-)

Thanks to Tony Redmond's Office 365 for IT Pros site for this information: https://office365itpros.com/2024/07/05/in-product-messages/

Microsoft docs for New-TeamsUpdateManagementPolicy: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-gb/powershell/module/teams/new-csteamsupdatemanagementpolicy?view=teams-ps&WT.mc_id=M365-MVP-9501

Kace reporting export to Excel error
Kace (Excel) Friday, 28 June 2024 by paul

When exporting a Kace report to Excel it displays the error below:

Error Running Report

Worksheet!X9999 -> Formula Error: An unexpected error occurred

This occurs if the field it is reporting on contains data which starts with a "=" character. This is interpreted by Excel as a formula and if the following data does not contain a valid formula then the error message is displayed.

This can be prevented by editing the data to change the first character from a "=" to another character.


Windows 11 Snipping Tool not display notification
Windows (Snipping) Wednesday, 19 June 2024 by paul

After installing Windows 11 the Snipping Tool does not display a notification after using Windows key + shift + S.

  1. Open Snipping Tool from the Start Menu
  2. Click on the menu 3 dots and then Settings
  3. Deselect option "Automatically sav screenshots"Snipping Tools Options

Now it should display a notification when Snipping.

Outlook cannot open Excel attachments in Protected mode
Office 365 (Outlook) Tuesday, 19 December 2023 by paul

When trying to open Outlook Excel attachment it crashes with the error "The file couldn't open in Protected View."

A screenshot of a computer error

Description automatically generated

This issue was caused by an Intel grpahics driver update on Lenovo laptops.

Updating to the latest version of the Intel Iris Xe Graphics drivers fixes the issue.

Enabling Edge Enterprise Copilot
Microsoft (Edge) Thursday, 09 November 2023 by paul

To enable the Edge Copilot in the Enterprise it may be necessary to set a few group policy settings.

Enable sidebar in the group policy options below: Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Microsoft Edge

  • Show Hubs Sidebar (set to Enabled)
  • Search in Sidebar enabled (set to Enable search in sidebar)

If you are using extension whitelisting the add the extension Ids below to "Allow specific extensions to be installed" in: Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Microsoft Edge -> Extensions

  • Bing Chat - ofefcgjbeghpigppfmkologfjadafddi
  • Search - jbleckejnaboogigodiafflhkajdmpcl
  • Discover - nkbndigcebkoaejohleckhekfmcecfja
  • Microsoft Office 365 - gecfnmoodchdkebjjffmdcmeghkflpib
  • Outlook - kfihiegbjaloebkmglnjnljoljgkkchm (optional)
  • OneNote Feed - gbihlnbpmfkodghomcinpblknjhneknc (optional)
  • Teams Chat - piilhopgoheagglmepbmkpodfceclmab (optional)

Checking the sidebar config in Edge itself can be done using the url: edge://settings/sidebar and also edge://sidebar-internals/

Ensure that Edge has access to the URL: https://edgeservices.bing.com to allow the extension to load data.

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