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Monday, September 27, 2010

Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Backup

Outlook 2010 is the next big desktop mail client from Microsoft. It has been vastly improved and is faster, more feature-rich than before. The basic design of Outlook profile is however the same when compared with Outlook 2007.

This basic infrastructure allows users to export Outlook 2007 profiles to Outlook 2010 easily. Another benefit is that you can make a backup of Outlook 2010 just like you can make backup of Outlook 2007 quickly using various tools.
Recently in my last post, I reviewed MailBrowserBackup. A free utility that allows users to make backup of various desktop mail clients, such as, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Outlook 2003/2007.
What I discovered was that you can also make a backup of Outlook 2010 as well, by selecting Outlook 2003/2007 profile.

To test it, I first saved a draft mail in my default Outlook 2010 profile and then used this tool to make a backup. Later I removed the draft and used this tool to restore the backup. Lo and behold the draft was back in it’s full form. Go ahead and give it a try, kudos to the developer for making an awesome utility.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010: What’s New?

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 like it’s counterparts has been improved and updated with some great new additions. We are reviewing the noteworthy additions to Microsoft Office 2010 and have written a summarized posts on both Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010. Today we are going to give one comprehensive insight into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Lets see what new features Microsoft has added to it.

Enhanced Ribbon Toolbar

The Ribbon feature which was first introduced in Office 2007 lets users use Microsoft Office with greater flexibility and ease. The PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon is now customizable. The Ribbon can be customized by right-clicking the Ribbon icon and choosing the Customize the Ribbon option.

PowerPoint To Video Conversion

PowerPoint 2010 now lets you convert your Presentations in to Videos. In order to create a video, click the Office button and then go to the Share > Create a Video Option.

You can find the full detailed guide for this process here.

Compatibility Of .pptx

In PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft introduced a new XML format (.pptx) which was not compatible with the former .ppt presentation format. This problem is not there to bother you any more, meaning PowerPoint files created in PowerPoint 2010 may easily be opened in versions of PowerPoint prior to PowerPoint 2007.

Sections – Provide An Easy Way To Manage Presentations

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 lets you organize your presentations into sections. You will be able to easily locate the Sections button on the Ribbon toolbar. This feature helps you organize your presentation by grouping all related slides under individual sections. In this way, you can easily find and edit the related slides.

Built-in Screen Capture Tool

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 includes a feature called Screen Capturing(which can also be found in Word 2010). Now there is no need for a third party or additional tool to capture screenshots in order to use them in your presentations. It is a piece-of-cake to capture the screenshot of any area of the screen. Simply click the Insert > Screenshot option and there you go.

Background Removal Tool

The Background Removal tool is an awesome addition to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010(which can also be found in Word 2010). It simply removes the background of any image. Just insert the image in your presentation and then locate the Background Removal tool under Insert > Picture to remove the background.

Enhanced Features For Embedded Videos

It is now very easy to embed videos into your PowerPoint presentations. This feature was also present in PowerPoint 2007, however PowerPoint 2010 has added some more magic to it. Now you can easily perform some common operations on the embedded videos with a simple right-click. If you are curious about how to embed a video into a PowerPoint presentation, you can find the full details here.

Improved Animations Menu

In PowerPoint 2010 you will feel that the Animations menu has been improved to a great extent. It offers a very user friendly thumbnail type of style choices. Just by looking at each choice, you would know what the effect will do when you apply it.

Enhanced Slides Transitions

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 includes many new slide transitions, thus it empowers you to create a more powerful and eye-candy presentations.

Enhanced Word Art

Word Art is an old feature of Microsoft Office which been enhanced in PowerPoint 2010(same enhancement can be found in Word 2010). WordArt has been updated with new colorful art effects. Select the text, then click Word Art and a list of all the available options will be displayed.

Equation Editor

Equation Editor comes in handy when you need to add some common mathematical equations to your documents/presentations. You can also use it to create your own custom equations by using a library of mathematical functions. This feature was already available in Microsoft office 2007 but was limited to Word 2007 and Excel 2007. In office 2010, this feature has been added to PowerPoint as well. You may locate the Equation Editor under the Insert menu.

Video Editing

PowerPoint 2010 now includes a build-in video editing features. You can trim videos, add effects, and do much more. Read the full guide here.

We have covered the most important additions to PowerPoint 2010. If you think we have skipped any important feature, let us know in the comments. Enjoy!

Create Macros In Microsoft Office Word 2010

Macros has been an old phenomenon of Office apps allowing you to record set of actions you perform on document, and to repeat them in future. Through Macros, you don’t need to perform same action, i.e, change formatting, style, font family, size, and color over and over again in document. It actually records each and every click, keystrokes that you do while performing the task. So you can play it back to perform same action over any other document.

To begin with, launch Word 2010 and open a document in you want to record a macros. For Illustration, we have included a document containing a paragraph. We will be record a macro for a simple formatting of paragraph.

For recording a Macro, navigate to View tab and from Macros options, click Record Macro.

It will bring up Record Macro dialog, now enter a Macro name, and under Assign macro to options, click Keyboard button to assign Hotkey.

Now place insert cursor in Press new shortcut key box, and assign a hotkey by pressing keys combination on keyboard. Click Assign to assign hotkey to macro and click OK.

You will tape recorder like image with pointer indicating that macro is now recording actions. We will be doing some formatting over the text like insert drop box, change paragraph color, etc.

To stop recording macro, head over to View tab and from Macro options, click Stop Recording.

Now we will be executing macro over new document to align with the formatting style we have applied earlier.

Run the macro by pressing hotkey assigned. In our case it is Ctrl+Shift+M. It will immediately apply recorded formatting style to the new paragraph.

For saving a macro-enabled document, on File menu, click Save as. From Save as dialog, under Save as type options, click Word Macro-Enabled Template (*dotm). Enter an appropriate name of document and click Save.

We have demonstrated recording a macro with simple steps and applied less formatting over aforementioned document content. However , you could create a complex one, which would record tons of design change and formatting styles.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

How to Manually Remove The Failed Microsoft Office 2010 Installation

I had installed Microsoft Office 2010 beta which I downloaded from here and the installation was successful without any problems. In fact any newbie user can also install Microsoft Office 2010 without any problem. But when I tried to install the same setup on another computer, it got stuck in the middle and then I had to go to the Tasks Manager and kill the Microsoft Office 2010 installation process from there.

But when I tried to install Microsoft Office 2010 again on the same machine, the setup refused to continue. The machine was refusing to install any version of Office including Office 2007 and Office 2003 due to the corrupt installation of Office 2010.

I downloaded the latest Windows Installer Cleanup utility and highlighted Microsoft Office 2010 and removed it, restarted the system and everything was fine. The setup of Office 2010 started working fine and installed successfully on this attempt.

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Download Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010

Microsoft Visio is a popular tool for creating drawings and diagrams. Now with the release of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 has also been released.

Microsoft Visio 2010 includes a diverse set of pre-drawn shapes, ample drawing and templates for different categories like business, process management and IT. The ribbon interface gives users a grouped toolset making it easier to access similar set of tasks from a single tab.

While Microsoft Visio is not free, the drawings and diagrams created with Visio can be viewed free of cost. If you encounter a file type .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, or .vtx, then you can download Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 from the below location and view the files of the above extensions.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 SDK

SharePoint 2010

The Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Software Development Kit (SDK) is available online and as a download. The SharePoint 2010 Reference: Software Development Kit download includes IntelliSense files and numerous additional code samples.
Publication date of this reference: August 2010

The SDK includes documentation and code samples for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, which builds upon the SharePoint Foundation 2010 infrastructure. The documentation includes detailed descriptions of the technologies that SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 provide for developers, reference documentation for the server and client object models, and step-by-step procedures for using and programming with these technologies and object models. This SDK also includes best practices and setup guidance that will help you get started with your own custom applications that build and extend upon the SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 platforms.

The following figure shows the key components of the development platform provided by SharePoint 2010.

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New Office 2010 Communicator

The Office 2010 communicator is actually the second version of the communicator that came as a part of Office 2007. As part of the new Office 2010, the Office 2010 communicator allows for better communication between Microsoft Office users.

Some of the features that this new Office 2010 Communicator offers are:

• Faster communication with colleagues
• Several people can working on the same document
• Secure communication within a business or company organization
• Desktop sharing of different content

These are especially helpful for those in business, allowing you to view contact information without even leaving your inbox. For example, as you read your daily email from co-workers in Outlook, you can hover over an email address from someone within the message. A compact version of a contact card will appear, allowing the options to email, start an IM chat, make a phone, or even schedule a meeting with them.

At the bottom of the new Outlook 2010 screen, there is a small area where you can learn more about the people who sent and/or retrieved the email. This allows you to view all the emails you may have received from them, any attachments, their calendar, and status updates. It isn't just Outlook in which the communicator works; it is available for use in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

This allows for groups that are collaborating on the same piece - say a Word document or a PowerPoint - to share their updates with each other or if that person is available, allows them to send IM messages to each other to ask questions or let the other know how things are going. Within a document like Word, going to the backstage view or 'file' tab, you can choose to share a document to a SharePoint server or email it to a recent recipient.

You can also get a bit of detailed information, like who is working on the document with you and who was the last person to work on the document (before you).

Where to Get Communicator

For most of the Office 2010 products, communicator comes along in each edition. The communicator is also available for download at a variety of places, including Microsoft, who has a free two month trial.

Office 2010 Communicator allows for faster and better communication options for those business employees who do not necessarily work in the same office, the same department, or even the same location. With the quick access to sending email, an IM, or even schedule a meeting, communicating with co-workers and even family is easier than ever.

Office 2010 No,Word 2010 MayBe

Do you need the new version of Microsoft Office? After reading about today’s Office 2010 launch, I doubt I will upgrade. But I may need Word 2010.

Office 2010’s new feature list fails to interest me. It’s a long list of things I don’t need.

For example, I don’t need the SharePoint integration. I can’t use SQL or the Office Communications Server.

I’ve stopped using Outlook. So anything new there passes me by. Outlook doesn’t make sense for a single user when Gmail is so much easier.

I’d rather slash my wrists than inflict PowerPoint on anyone.

Much as I admire Excel, I barely use it. The Office 2007 version is more than enough. If I’m stuck, Google Spreadsheets can ride to my rescue.

Word 2010

Word is different. I use Word 2007 daily. I’m a journalist. My word processing needs are basic.

I don’t use mail merge or do anything fancy involving macros. I’ve never used cross-references, indexing, or end-notes.

For me, Word is a sledgehammer cracking a nut.

I certainly don’t need any more Word features. In fact, I’d prefer fewer.

For all its allegedly user friendly face, Word is a complex mishmash of fancy new gadgets and clunky old bits which still don’t work as expected and barely work with each other.

The extra graphic handling features in Word 2010 mean nothing to me. Word’s fussy auto-formatting makes my blood boil. The safety features are also annoying.

If I need to collaborate on documents – which happens in at least two of my regular freelance jobs – I use Google Docs. It’s a lousy word-processor, but a great way to share.

Despite all this, I still may shell out for Word, simply because it is a tool of my trade. I’m comfortable working in Word. Moving to an alternative would be a small financial investment, but a huge investment in terms of training.

I’ve found over the years it pays to stay up-to-date with Word because sooner or later I run in to compatibility problems.

Which sums things up. I don’t need Office 2010. I may need Word 2010, but not yet.

No upgrade discount

All of which makes Microsoft's decision to charge everyone full price for the software look like a dumb move. Lord knows there's little enough incentive to upgrade, but to make users pay a premium rather than offer discounted upgrade prices will make the buying decision far easier for many users.


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What’s New in InfoPath 2010

With the upcoming releases of SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010, a new version of InfoPath will also be released. InfoPath 2007 included some minor enhancements over 2003 but did not get the Office 2007 user interface (UI) or ribbon bar. With InfoPath 2010, Microsoft has fully integrated InfoPath into the Office UI, as well as added relevant new features.

The overall goal of InfoPath 2010 is to make it much easier to create rich forms; web forms and client forms. Big investments have been made to make it simpler to build rich forms-based applications on top of the SharePoint Server 2010 platform.

Here are some highlights of what you can expect from InfoPath 2010:

Quickly Design Forms with Easy-to-Use Tools

InfoPath ships with many new out-of-the box templates and includes a new rules management interface. Finally, no more clicking OK 500 times just to complete the addition of a new rule.

Layout Forms Using Pre-built Page and Section Layouts

Insert a pre-built page layout to give your form structure. Then, insert some section layouts into the page layout to start building your form.

New and Improved Controls

Some new controls have been added and the feature gap between client and browser forms has been narrowed for a more consistent user experience. New controls in InfoPath 2010 include:
Picture buttons – Instead of the default gray button, use any image as a button in your form
Hyperlink capabilities – Allow users to insert their own hyperlinks when filling out forms
Date and time picker – Allow users to insert dates and times in their form
Person/Group pickers – This control has been updated and is included by default in the Controls gallery
Signature Line (Editor Only) – Allow users to digitally sign a form
Controls and functionality that are now supported in browser forms include:
Bulleted, numbered, and plain lists
Multiple selection list boxes
Combo boxes
Choice group and sections
Filtering functionality

Quick Rules

With the new out-of-the-box rules and improved rules management UI, you can easily add rules to validate data, format your forms, or perform other actions - without any code.


You’ve come to love styles in Microsoft Word where you can apply multiple format options, including font and color, to selected text with one click. InfoPath 2010 includes a similar formatting tool.
If all of this sounds great, but you’d rather have someone else develop forms for you, please contact us – we’d be happy to help. We’re also happy to help you with your overall forms and workflow routing strategy with SharePoint if you need higher-level answers.

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Microsoft Office Publisher 2010: What’s New?

Microsoft Office Publisher is a well known application by Microsoft which lets you create brochures, postcards, newsletters, websites, e-mails and much more. Millions of people are using it to manage all their marketing activities. We are in the process of reviewing the main products in Microsoft Office 2010, such as, Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010 and OneNote 2010. Lets see what new additions have been made to Office Publisher 2010.

Office Backstage

The Office Backstage feature of Microsoft Office 2010 is also included in Publisher 2010 and this feature adds feathers to its functionality. You can find the most commonly used items listed there, and working with Publisher is really fast with the help of this feature.

Save Files As PDF or XPS

Publisher 2010 lets you save files in the .pdf and .xps format. Also it lets you save these files as password protected to ensure enhanced security. This feature can be found in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well.

64-Bit Version

The 64-bit version of Microsoft Office Publisher is also available which provides the backward-compatibility so that the users can open, edit, and save any Publisher 2003, Publisher 2007, Publisher 2010 32-bit edition files easily.

Enhanced Photo Editing Features

Publisher 2010 offers some attractive photo editing features, allowing you to easily insert, edit, zoom, crop, and recolor photos in your publications. You can easily adjust the colors, brightness and contrast of photos.

Easy Targeted Emailing

Microsoft Office Publisher 2010 offers great ways to create and manage the customer’s list. Its easy to create and edit the customer’s lists from multiple sources like Outlook or Excel. The Mailing menu on the Ribbon offers options, such as, create, manage and send targeted emails to customer’s list.

Integrated Print Properties

Publisher 2010 has many enhanced print and preview properties. Hit the Office button and click the Print option. You will see many enhanced added features relevant to print and preview here.

Improved Templates And Building Blocks

You will find new improved templates and building blocks which help in creating more professional-looking pages.

Catalog Merge

Catalog Merge is another great feature in Publisher 2010 which let users easily merge text and images from a database(such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, or Microsoft Outlook). Now you will be able to initiate catalog merge at any point while making your publications. Go to the Insert Menu and hit the Catalog Pages option to insert the catalog merge.


Microsoft Publisher is not as popular when compared with other giant products like Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. Although the new UI gives a fresh looks and makes it easier for users to publish, not much have changed except some limited new features.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Microsoft Access 2010 Review

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Microsoft Access 2010 lets you track inventory, customer information and data trends with ready-to-use templates
Integrate your Access reports using multiple data connections and linked information
Get started faster and easier than ever before with more pre-built database templates
Apply professional designs using Office themes for great-looking forms and reports
Use the simplified Expression Builder to build out logic faster and easier in your database

Microsoft Access 2010 is all about simplicity. Access 2010 empowers you to make the most of your information—even if you’re not a database expert. And, through newly added Web databases, it amplifies the power of your data, making it easier to track, report, and share with others. Your data will never be further away than your closest Web browser.Microsoft Access 2010 is all about simplicity, with ready-to-go templates to get you going and powerful tools that stay relevant as your data grows.

Access 2010 empowers you to make the most of your information–even if you’re not a database expert. And, through newly added Web databases, Access amplifies the power of your data, making it easier to track, report, and share with others. Your data will never be further away than your closest Web browser.

Microsoft OneNote 2010 Review

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Microsoft OneNote 2010 gives you the ideal place to store and share your information in a single, easy-to-access location
Use quick filing to organize notebooks, ideal when you’re working on multiple projects
Apply styles and formatting to selected text to another paragraph with the new Format Painter
See results as you type with improved Search functionality and view a prioritized list of Search results
Easily organize and jump between your notebooks with the improved notebook Navigation Bar
Microsoft OneNote 2010 gives you the ultimate place to store and share your information in a single, easy-to-access location. Capture text, images, video and audio notes with OneNote 2010 to keep your thoughts, ideas, and important information readily available. By sharing your notebooks, you can simultaneously take and edit notes with other people on your network, or just keep everyone easily in sync and up-to-date. You can also take OneNote 2010 on the road with you by posting your notebooks online and accessing them from virtually anywhere using the Web or a smartphone.Microsoft OneNote 2010 gives you the ideal place to store and share your information in a single, easy-to-access location.

Capture text, images, as well as video and audio notes with OneNote. By sharing your notebooks, you can simultaneously take and edit notes with other people in other locations, or just keep everyone in sync and up to date. You can also take your OneNote 2010 notebooks with you–view and edit your notes from virtually any computer with an Internet connection or your Windows phone

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Configure Outlook 2010 For Gmail

1. Login to your Gmail account, click settings and select the “Forwarding and Pop /IMAP” tab. Select “Enable POP for all mail” and “Enable IMAP” and click “Save changes”

2. Start Outlook 2010, choose the File tab from the menu and select the Info option from the left. Now click on “Add account” as shown below

3. In the pop up window that opens, ignore all the options and select “Manually configure server settings or additional server types”

4. In the next step, select “Internet Email” and hit “Next”.
5. Now enter your email account credentials and the Gmail mail server details. Choose the incoming mail server as and the outgoing mail server as Google Apps users need to use and respectively.

6. Next, click “More settings” and select the “Outgoing server” tab. Select the checkbox “My outgoing server requires authentication” and check the radio button “Use same settings as my incoming mail server”

7. Now select the Advanced tab and enter the port numbers for the incoming and outgoing mail servers. Use 993 for the IMAP Port and 587 for the SMTP port.

Remember to choose SSL as the connection type.

That’s it. You have successfully configured Outlook 2010 for your Gmail and Google Apps accounts. Now Hit “Test account settings” and Outlook will send a Test email and verify all the settings. Now you can read all your email from desktop, reply to messages and create a backup of your email – all with the very wonderful Outlook 2010.

New Features of PowerPoint 2010

1)Bring more energy and visual impact to your presentations.

It saves time and money by applying sophisticated photo effects without using additional photo-editing software programs.

It transforms your images into compelling, vibrant visuals by using new and improved picture editing features such as color saturation and temperature, brightness and contrast, and an advanced cropping tool, along with artistic filters such as blur, paintbrush, and watercolor.

2) Work with others without having to wait your turn.

PowerPoint 2010
promises to redefine the way people can work together on presentations. With co-authoring, you can simultaneously edit the same presentation with individuals in different locations. You can also use Office Communicator or your instant messaging application to view the availability of others who are authoring a presentation with you and easily initiate a conversation without leaving PowerPoint.

3) Add a personalized video experience.

It embeds and edit video files directly in PowerPoint 2010. It easily trims your video to show only relevant sections and bookmark key points in a video for quick access or trigger animation to begin automatically when those bookmarks are reached. You can also set the video to fade in and out at specified intervals and apply a variety of video styles and effects, such as reflections, bevels, and 3-D rotation, to help you quickly capture your audience’s attention.

4) Imagine just-in-time show and tell.

You can instantly broadcast your PowerPoint 2010 presentations by sending out a URL so that people can view your presentation on the Web. However, Broadcast Slide Show requires either SharePoint Foundation 2010 or a Windows Live account. Office Web Apps must be installed to broadcast via Microsoft SharePoint 2010.

Your audience can see your slides in high fidelity, even if they don’t have PowerPoint installed. You can also turn your presentation into a high-quality video with narration to share with virtually anyone through e-mail, via the Web or on DVD.

5) Access your presentations from more locations and on more devices.

With PowerPoint 2010, you can get things done according to your schedule across multiple locations and devices. You can post your presentations online and then access, view, and edit them from the Web or your Windows phone.

Microsoft PowerPoint Web App extends your PowerPoint experience to the Web and enjoy full-screen, high-quality viewing of our presentations. Store your presentations online and edit your work through the PowerPoint Web App when you're away from your office, home, or school.

Microsoft PowerPoint Mobile 2010 helps you stay current and take immediate action when necessary using an enhanced mobile version of PowerPoint specifically suited to your smartphone. Note that PowerPoint Mobile 2010 is not included in Office 2010 applications or suites.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

VMware Infrastructure Management PowerPack – now with Visio 2010 support!

Tonight I have published a new version of the VMware Infrastructure Management Power Pack. This release (version 2.4.0) is the first release that provides near 100% feature parity between both Power GUI Forums and the Virtualization EcoShell. I say near 100% feature parity because Power GUI Forums supports displaying progress dialogs during calls to Write-Progress but the Virtualization EcoShell does not, so Power GUI Forums users have a minor leg up over the Virtualization EcoShell experience. Depending on what environment you are coming from, you will notice some of the following improvements to this PowerPack:

1.Visio 2010 support for vDiagram functionality

2.Charts for virtual machines, datastores, and resource configuration data

3.Progress bars during the rendering of diagrams created with the vDiagram functionality

4.Improved layout in the nodes in the tree

5.Simplified connection logic, making it easier for you to reuse scripts generated by the PowerPack

6.Additional minor bug fixes

Note that version 4.1 of the VMware PowerCLI is not supported with this release at this time, due to a Number of issues . For now the only supported version of the VMware PowerCLI is version 4.0 U1.

If you are an existing user of this PowerPack, you will automatically get notified about the new version. If you haven’t looked at this PowerPack yet and you manage VMware vSphere, Virtual Center, ESX, or ESXi hosts, I strongly encourage you to give this PowerPack a try. You can download it here. It provides an excellent management experience over those VMware hosts, and it’s free!

As usual, many of the enhancements we add in these releases are based on customer feedback on the Power GUI Forums . If you’d like to see more improvements to this PowerPack, please speak up and let us know on the forums. We’re always listening!