Microsoft Teams Status Stuck on Out of Office (FIXED)

Email and chat services don’t really turn off. You can sign out of a chat application but people will still be able to send you messages. When you next log in, the message will be there, unread. 

The problem with messages accumulating like this is that they’re delivered but not read, giving the impression that the messages have been ignored. To work around this, there is ‘Out of Office’.

Out of Office Message and Microsoft Team Status

An Out of Office message is generally set for emails where, if you get an email during your hiatus, a message is automatically sent to the sender informing them that you won’t reply until you’re back. It’s a simple, practical, and polite way to let others know you’re not reading their messages.

The same concept works for chat services and clients. An out of office message tells anyone who sends you a message that you aren’t actively checking them.

The feature may have different names (on Slack it’s called snooze notifications), but the principle is the same.

Microsoft Teams Status is stuck on Out of Office

Microsoft Teams allows users to set an Out of Office status. If you set an Out of Office message in Outlook Microsoft Teams can also sync the information from there. 

When you remove the Out of Office alert from Outlook, it should likewise be removed from Microsoft Teams.

If your Microsoft Teams status is stuck on Out of Office, try the fixes below.

1. Reset Microsoft Teams status

Microsoft Teams doesn’t have its own Out of Office status but it does have an option to reset its status.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Click your profile at the top right.
  3. Go to Available (or whatever status you see), and click Reset status.

2. Change status in Microsoft Teams

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Click the ‘Change status’ option in the bar at the top.
  3. Click the delete/trash bin button to delete the Out of Office message.

3. Check Outlook invites

During your Out Of Office period, if you received a meeting invite that fell on those dates, but also extended beyond them to dates when you’d be back in the office, they will all be marked as Out of Office. You will have to remove this invites to get rid of the Out of Office status in Microsoft Teams.

  1. Open Outlook on your desktop or in your browser.
  2. Select the Outlook calendar.
  3. Double-click a meeting invite or event that is set to Out of Office.
  4. Once the event is open, open the Show As dropdown.
  5. Change the status from Out of Office to Free.

4. Turn off Automatic replies in Outlook

A simple way to turn off the Out of Office status in Microsoft Teams is to turn it off in Outlook.

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Go to File.
  3. Click ‘Turn off’ under Automatic replies.
  4. Give it a little time to sync, and your Microsoft Teams status will change to Available.

5. Delete Microsoft Teams settings’ file

Microsoft Teams stores its settings in a local file on your system. Its setting do sync online and if you change them on a different system, they will sync to other devices as well but that means the local file is updated.

If your Microsoft Teams status is stuck on Out of Office, try deleting the settings file.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Paste the following in the location bar, and tap Enter.
C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Teams
  1. Look for a file called settings.json.
  2. Copy it to a different location.
  3. Delete the file from its original location.
  4. Sign out and sign in to Microsoft Teams.

Conclusion

The Out of Office status in Microsoft Teams tends to get stuck more often when it is synced from Outlook.

The status from Outlook may, or may not sync which makes it an unreliable way to set the status for Teams but there is no way to turn the sync between these two services off.

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How to format a MicroSD card on Windows 10

A MicroSD card belongs on small devices like phones or tablets. These devices normally do not have space for an SD card given that the device needs to be a certain size and still pack a lot of hardware.

Outside of phones, tablets, and cameras, you won’t find a lot of devices that can read and write directly to a MicroSD card. The reason simply being that they do not have a slot small enough for it. 

On devices that do have a slot for a MicroSD card, there is rarely an option to format it. 

Format MicroSD Card on Windows 10

If you want to format a MicroSD card on Windows 10, you can however, you may have to purchase additional hardware i.e., an adapter that will allow you to connect the card to your PC.

If your Windows 10 system has a slot for an SD card though, you can buy a MicroSD card adapter. It’s cheap, and it often comes bundled with MicroSD cards.

You can format a MicroSD card from the Disk Management tool on Windows 10 which offers a simple GUI, you can format it from File Explorer, or you can use the Diskpart tool which is a command-line tool.

Note: Formatting will ERASE ALL DATA on the card. 

1. Format MicroSD card via Disk Management

  1. Connect the MicroSD card to your system via an adapter.
  2. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  3. In the run box enter diskmgmt.msc and tap Enter.
  4. The MicroSD card will be listed in the bottom half of the app.
  5. Right-click a volume/drive or the entire disk, and select Format.
  6. Select a file system, and make other changes as necessary.

2. Format MicroSD Card via File Explorer

  1. Connect the MicroSD card to your system via an adapter.
  2. Open File Explorer.
  3. Go to This PC.
  4. The MicroSD card will be listed under Devices and drives.
  5. Right-click the MicroSD card, and select Format from the context menu.
  6. Choose between full format and quick format, select a file system, and click Start.

3. Format MicroSD card via Diskpart

  1. Connect the MicroSD card to your system via an adapter.
  2. Open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  3. Enter diskpart and tap Enter.
  4. A new Command Prompt window will open. Switch over to it.
  5. Run this command to list all connected disks: list disk
  6. Take note of the disk number of the MicroSD card.
  7. Run this command to select the MicroSD card: select disk no. Replace ‘no’ with the number given to the MicroSD card.

  1. Run this command to list volumes: list volume.
  2. Take note of the volume number of the MicroSD card.
  3. Select the volume with this command: select volume no. Replace ‘no’ with the number of the MicroSD card’s volume.
  4. Run the following command to format the volume/card;
    • To format on FAT32 file system: format fs=fat32
    • To format on the NTFS file system: format fs=NTFS
    • To format on the exFAT file system: format fs=exFAT
  5. To perform a quick format, add ‘quick’ at the end of the previous command. For example: format fs=fat32 quick.

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How to set Out Of Office message in Microsoft Teams

Chat services can’t be turned off. Unlike social media accounts that you can deactivate for a short (or extended) period of time, a chat service will continue to work even if you’re signed out.

Your friends will see that you’re offline but even then, they’re able to send messages. This hold true for all types of chat services and apps, regardless if they’re used for work or for personal communication. 

If you want to stop receiving messages for a particular service, there isn’t much you can do. If you don’t plan on using the service, deleting the account is reasonable but if you’re taking a break, an Out of Office message is the way to go.

Out of Office messages

An Out of Office message is an automatic message that a user can set up. This message is automatically sent to anyone who tries to contact you. The message can be set so that it is sent on certain dates. 

Microsoft Teams Out of Office

Microsoft Teams allows users to set an Out of Office message. Unlike the status that is set for a user’s profile, this message is displayed when someone tries to message a user or mentions them in a group/team conversation. 

Microsoft Teams Out of Office status

You can set your Out of Office status directly in Microsoft Teams, and add a short message with it.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Click your profile at the top right.
  3. Select Set Status Message from the menu.

  1. Compose a message that is 280 characters, or less. You can mention a team member in the message if you want.
  2. Open the ‘Clear status message after’ dropdown
  3. Select Custom.
  4. Select the last date that you will be out of the office.
  5. Click Done.

Out of Office From Outlook

If you’re using the same account for Microsoft Teams and for Outlook, setting an Out of Office message in Outlook will sync it to Microsoft Teams.

Be warned though that the message will sync at its own discretion. It’s not immediate and it may in fact never happen. Additionally, you can only set an Out of Office message in Outlook if you’re using an Outlook or Microsoft account email. 

  1. Open Outlook on your desktop.
  2. Go to File.
  3. Click Automatic Replies.
  4. Select ‘Send automatic replies’.
  5. Compose a reply.
  6. Select ‘Only send during this time range’.
  7. Select the date range the automatic reply will be sent in.
  8. Click Ok.
  9. You can add exceptions by clicking ‘Rules’ at the bottom.

Turn Off Microsoft Teams Out of Office status

Turning the Out of Office status off in Microsoft Teams is easy though you should know you only have to turn it off if you want to stop sending it before the preset date. If the end date for the message has passed, the message will automatically stop displaying.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Click your profile at the top right.
  3. Click the delete/trash bin button at the bottom right of the Out of Office message.
  4. The message/status will be removed.

Turn off Outlook Out of Office alert

If you’ve set up an Out of Office alert in Outlook, and it is syncing to Microsoft Teams, you will have to turn it off from Outlook.

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Go to File.
  3. Under Automatic replies, click the ‘Turn Off’ button.

Note: The status can take considerable time to sync to Microsoft Teams.

Conclusion

While there are two different ways to set an Out of Office status in Microsoft Teams, we strongly advise using the native option in Microsoft Teams. Outlook doesn’t always sync the message and you might be stuck with the message long after it has expired. More importantly, if you use a Gmail (or other account), Outlook’s built-in option simply won’t be available.

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How to update iOS on your iPhone

iPhones get one major OS update every year, and several smaller updates in-between. These smaller updates are usually minor features or bug fixes. Each major iOS update also takes one year off an iPhone’s life i.e., how long Apple will support.

iOS updates, generally speaking, are optional but iPhone users always install the latest update in most cases. It’s the safe thing to so since updates also contain security patches.

Update iOS on iPhone

iOS updates are free, and they’re simple to do. There are two ways to update iOS on an iPhone.

  • via iTunes
  • Direct update on your phone aka Over the Air (OTA)

1. Update iOS via iTunes

In order to update iOS via iTunes you need;

  • iTunes installed on your Windows 10 PC. Mac users will use Finder.
  • A genuine or Apple-authorized data cable.
  • The iPhone.

Follow these steps to install the update.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC/Mac.
  2. Open iTunes/Finder.
  3. Select your iPhone, and sync it to your system.
  4. Click ‘Check for update’.
  5. iTunes will automatically detect an available update.
  6. Click the ‘Download update’ button.
  7. Once the update has been downloaded, click the ‘Update’ button.
  8. Do not disconnect or interact with your iPhone until the update is complete.

Note: You may have to sign in with your Apple ID to download the update. You may also have to enter the passcode for your iPhone.

2.Update iOS OTA

To update your iPhone over the air, you only need two things;

  • Your iPhone
  • Your iPhone charged to at least 50%.
  • If your iPhone isn’t charged to 50%, you can connect it to a power source and then update it.

To update iOS, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to General>Software Update.
  3. iOS will check for updates, and show the ones available.
  4. Tap on Download and Install.
  5. Wait for the download to complete. You will see a prompt confirming the install.
  6. Allow the update to install.

Things to know

There are a couple of things you should keep in mind when an iPhone update is in progress in order to avoid problems.

  • Backing up your iPhone before an update is always a good idea.
  • Once an iPhone has been updated, it cannot be downgraded/rolled back to the older version because Apple stops signing the older versions.
  • Your iPhone will restart during the update.
  • You will see the Apple logo and a progress bar under it to indicate an update is in progress. This is normal.
  • The Apple logo may remain on your screen for quite some time. Don’t worry.
  • Never disconnect the iPhone from your system until it turns back on i.e., the update is complete. 
  • Never disconnect the iPhone from a power source if your battery was below 50% when you initiated the update and you’re performing an OTA update.
  • iPhones are really, really hard to brick. You may have heard of Android phones bricking during an update but that too is rare and happens in special circumstances. 
  • If an update fails, your iPhone will turn on, and you will still be on the old iOS version. Your iPhone will be useable. 
  • No update method is superior to the other. Pick whatever suits you best.

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How to Overclock RAM and Make Your Computer Faster

RAM helps a system run faster, and more efficiently. Generally speaking, the more RAM you have, the better your system will run.

It stands to reason that if your system is performing poorly because there isn’t enough RAM, you will want to add more or upgrade to a system that has more RAM. Another solution that can’t hurt before you go shopping for more RAM is overclocking.

How to Overclock RAM

Overclocking RAM isn’t as popular a concept as overclocking a CPU or GPU because the benefits are often minimal. Overclocking the GPU will give you far better results than overclocking RAM but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying.

DRAM Frequency and timings

In order to overclock RAM, you need to know what its current DRAM frequency and timings values are.

  1. Download and install CPU-Z.
  2. Run the app and go to the Memory tab.
  3. Note down the DRAM Frequency. If you round it off and double it, you will get your RAM speed.
  4. Take note of the other timings as well. 

XMP – Extreme  Memory Profiles

XMP is a tool that is used via the system’s BIOS.

  1. Restart your system and boot into BIOS (how to access BIOS).
  2. Dig around and look for Extreme  Memory Profiles. Once/if you find it, enable it.
  3. Look for profiles that you can select. In some cases, all you can do to overclock RAM is enable XMP while in others, you can choose between different profiles.
  4. If you have multiple profiles available, try each one and see how well your system works.
  5. You can use a tool like MSI Afterburner to stress test your system and see how well the new settings are holding up.

No XMP in BIOS

A lot of users do not see XMP in BIOS. Unfortunately, if it isn’t there, you can’t do much about it. Your system may have blocked a feature so that it cannot be enabled or it may not be supported.

Dell systems don’t seem to have them, even on their more expensive line of systems.

Conclusion

It is important to mention that not all RAM chips can be overclocked. There will be some chips that are working as well as they ever will.

In other cases, you may need to add additional RAM sticks before they can be overclocked collectively. Remember that overclocking RAM only gives a minimal boost so if you’re unable to overclock it, you can always buy more RAM.

Many systems have unused RAM slots which means you can easily add more RAM.

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