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    Show Unread Mail Count at Logon

    Evening,

    This has just sprung to mind and i wondering weather anyone has done it or knows if it is possible at all.

    I was wondering if it is possible for an alert to popup at logon that informs the logged on user how many unread emails they have in there MS Exchange Inbox?

    I think if they get prompted about how many they have then more staff might look at there inbox, where as at the moment i am finding lots of staff don't check there work email even though i have blocked gmail,hotmail etc **there now getting it on there phone!!** will have to ban that next lol!

    Any help/advice appreciated

    Many Thanks,

    James.

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    How about something like this? OWANotify.exe - The Outlook Web Access Tray Icon (Freeware)

    If not, I think PowerShell could be used - as .NET has various libraries related to Outlook and Exchange.

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    I think Dos_Box or possibly Grumbledook was investigating this a while ago, maybe prod them.

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    Would be very interested if anyone has done this.

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    Depending on your version of Outlook; Tools | Options | tab Preferences
    | E-mail Options | Advanced E-mail Options. Under 'When new items
    arrived in my Inbox' check 'Show an envelope icon in the notification area'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Depending on your version of Outlook; Tools | Options | tab Preferences
    | E-mail Options | Advanced E-mail Options. Under 'When new items
    arrived in my Inbox' check 'Show an envelope icon in the notification area'.
    This only works if you have Outlook running though, I beleive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Depending on your version of Outlook; Tools | Options | tab Preferences
    | E-mail Options | Advanced E-mail Options. Under 'When new items
    arrived in my Inbox' check 'Show an envelope icon in the notification area'.
    I believe that only works when outlook is running mate, as most of our staff dont use outlook it would have to query the exchange server without that.

    I will give DB or GD a prod, know DB is busy at the moment with BETT and GD with FITS stuff so my luck might be out the window there hehe

    I'll have a look out that OWA Notify localzuk

    Regards,

    James.

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    Say again James.

    Could you not just remind staff that they need to check their emails once every couple of days as it's one of the main methods for communication within school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Say again James.

    Could you not just remind staff that they need to check their emails once every couple of days as it's one of the main methods for communication within school?
    Ooops sorry fella half asleep this morning and sat at the new message screen for ages lol

    Yeah tried that and they just dont check it regular enough, just trying to make it better for them so they get reminded as we all know how they forget with all the stress there under


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    just trying to make it better for them so they get reminded as we all know how they forget with all the stress there under
    Can you not set a script to run at log on which pops up a balloon saying "Have you check your emails today?". If you could kill the baloon when outlook.exe is opened, or whatever they call it now, then that would work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Can you not set a script to run at log on which pops up a balloon saying "Have you check your emails today?".
    Maybe warn them that if they dont read them within 2 weeks then they will be deleted hehe lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Maybe warn them that if they dont read them within 2 weeks then they will be deleted hehe lol
    If only we could delete staff.

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    Yeah These are ways i have already looked at and yes they would work. i was just wondering about this way

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    Are you talking about Staff or Students here? If it's staff, then I would say that there should be a policy requiring staff to check their email on a regular basis. Leave it up to them.

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    Yeah i am talking about staff, and there is a policy but some of them just don't check it maybe 2 times a week if they can be bothered at all. Suppose it is lack of support from Higher Management but just thought it might help.

    I don't mind it being there which is why i was just asking if it could be done.

    I know that in theory i shouldn't have to do that but hey! just trying to do what i can

    I'll ask my boss nicely to put it in his large pile of documents somewhere hehe

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