When you go to log into ePortal or Office, are you getting a code for multi-factor authentication (MFA) in too many places? Do you prefer to change where it’s going now?
Go to ePortal (either by direct link or via Quicklinks).
Click the My Account button and log in as directed. (Key in the MFA code you receive.)
Find and click Select Multi-Factor Authentication Options link in the list.
Key in the MFA code that the system sends you.
Check or uncheck boxes to set your preferences as to where you would like to receive MFA codes from the county and click the Save MFA Options button.
Log out of ePortal when you are finished.
Have you opted to use a token or fob for multi-factor authentication? Assuming you already have filled out the tech service request (TSR) and have been notified by your battalion chief that it is ready for you, here are the instructions for use.
Background: A key fob is a small device that is about two inches in length and an inch wide. The device generates a password, which you will use in place of a text to your cell phone or message to your e-mail account for multi-factor authentication in Montgomery County systems. Remember, this key fob is assigned to you and will not work for anyone else’s account. Likewise, secure it and do not lose it, which would defeat the purpose of needing a second login code to keep others out of your accounts.
Were you recently granted access to a resource mailbox in Outlook? Are you using Outlook Desktop? If both are true, this message is for you.
- Open Outlook Desktop.
- Find and right-click your name in the folder list on the left side of the screen.
- Choose Data File Properties.
- Click the Advanced button.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Click the Add button.
- Type the name of your resource mailbox and then click the three successive OK buttons.
- Find the new mailbox in your folder list. (As an outline, it will be even with your name, but likely pretty far down the pane.)
- See if you can expand the item (using the > symbol). If you cannot, your rights need to be adjusted at the server level.
Getting flooded with messages that you don’t want and all have a common theme (from the same person, the same subject, etc.)? Outlook enables you to set up a rule to clean it all up in one fell swoop.
- Right-click one of the messages.
- Select Rules and then Create Rules.
- Click Advanced Options in the dialog box that pops up. The advanced options will give you more control with your rule than just the few options first presented.
- Choose a condition, such as the subject containing certain text. (Since you right-clicked a specific message, the sender and subject should appear in the options from which you’ll choose.)
- Click the Next button.
- Choose what you want to do with the message, such as delete it. (If you just want to file the messages away and read them at a later time, choose to move the message into a folder.) Click the Next button to continue.
- Add any exceptions (although this is rare).
- Specify a name for the rule. This takes the theory that you may have several rules as time goes by and naming a rule with something obvious means you won’t need to go into the rule details to determine why you created it in the first place.
- Click the Run this rule now on messages already in the inbox checkbox. This is crucial for cleanup when you have been plagued by a lot of messages for which you are writing a rule.
Visio 2013, be default, will block the FRS Stencils/Shapes (which include gas, electric, connections, north arrow and more) since they were created in much older versions of the program. Follow these steps to tell Visio they are acceptable files to open. (Note: This must be done within the profile of anyone who logs in to use Visio for mapping, not just once per computer.)
- Run Visio.
- Click Blank Drawing and click the Create button.
- Access the File tab and click Options at the bottom of the left-hand navigation.
- Click Trust Center at the bottom of the left-hand navigation on the pop-up window.
- Click the Trust Center Settings button on the right side of the pop-up window.
- Click File Block Settings on the left side navigation.
- Uncheck the boxes for all three rows. (A checked box means Visio should block it, not unblock it.)
- Click the two OK buttons.
Like other Microsoft software, Visio likes to help sometimes and it may differ from your undersanding of the word. One common way of helping is to create new pages automatically for you if you get too close to the margins.
As map makers, you want your drawings to be close to the margins but without making new pages.
To turn this feature off:
- Switch the Design tab.
- Find the Auto Size button on the left side of the ribbon.
- Click the button. It is a toggle, so it will turn back on if you prefer it to be enabled.
With the recent (Fall 2015) changes to Outlook 365, the Reply button defaults to Reply to All, frustrating many and generally promoting bad netiquette. Here’s how to change the default:
If you would like to keep a message from being marked as clutter in Outlook, either right click on the message and choose Mark as not clutter or just drag it to the Inbox. If Office 365 is missing messages you want marked as clutter, right click and choose Mark as clutter or drag it to the Clutter folder.
If you are using Outlook 2007, 2010 or 2013 (Desktop), simply drag a message to the Clutter folder to mark it as clutter or drag it to the Inbox to mark it not clutter.
By dragging messages to the Clutter folder you will train the tool to spot similar e-mail in the future. The tool gets smarter over time, learning from your prior actions with similar messages.