How to FIX the Microsoft Teams Bad Request Error

Microsoft Teams has a power desktop app available for both Windows and macOS. It also has apps for iOS and for Android however, ff you’re unable to install and use the dedicated desktop app, you can always use the Microsoft Teams web app.

The Microsoft Teams web app is almost as good, if not just as good as its desktop counterparts. It performs well but because the app runs in a browser, it will throw errors that you may not necessarily see if you’re using the desktop app.

Microsoft Teams bad request error

The Microsoft Teams bad request error is an error that is unique to the web version of the app.

This error appears when a user tries to access/edit a file that’s been shared with a team. These are normally files created in the Microsoft Office e.g., Word documents (DOCX files), Excel spreadsheets (XLSX files), or PowerPoint presentations (PPTX files.

There haven’t been reports of the error appearing when files shared over one-on-one chat.

Here’s how you can resolve it.

1. Change file permissions

Files can be set so that they are read-only. When a file has the read-only attribute set for it, it may prevent other users from being able to edit it.

  1. Click the more options button next to a file that won’t open, and select Download.
  2. For a non-Microsoft Office file, right-click the file on your desktop and select Properties.
  3. On the General tab, uncheck the Read-only box, and click Apply.
  4. Upload the file again and everyone will be able to open it.
  5. For a Microsoft Office file, open it and go to File>Save As.
  6. Open the Tools dropdown at the bottom of the Save as box (next to the Save button).
  7. Select General Options.
  8. In the window that opens, unselect the ‘Read-only recommended’ option.
  9. Save the file with a new name, and then upload it to your team in Microsoft Teams.

2. Try a different browser

This error is specific to the Microsoft Teams web app so try to sign in to Microsoft Teams in a different browser. To be safe, try using Microsoft Edge before you try any other browser.

3. Edit the file on the desktop

Check if you’re able to edit the file on the desktop.

  1. In the Microsoft Teams web app, click the more options button next to the file that won’t open.
  2. Select Download from the menu.
  3. Save the file to your system.
  4. Open the file with its default app e.g., open a DOCX file in Microsoft Word.
  5. If the file opens, and you’re able to edit it, copy and paste its contents into a new file, and upload it to Teams so everyone else can edit it as well.

4. Check file extension

Microsoft Office files generally all have the letter ‘x’ as the last letter in the file extension. This indicates that the file format is ‘newer’. A few years ago, Microsoft Office used to save files in a different format. If your file is in an older format e.g., DOC, XLS, PPT, etc, then converting it to the new format may resolve the problem.

  1. Download the file to your desktop.
  2. Open it in its respective app e.g., a PPT file will be opened in PowerPoint.
  3. Go to File>Save As.
  4. Open the Save as type dropdown.
  5. Select the Word Document (*.docx) option.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Upload it to Microsoft Teams and everyone will be able to edit it.

Conclusion

If this error persists, try to open the file in the desktop app. If it fails to open there, check the error message and resolve it. It may help point out the problem with the file. If the file opens without any problem on the desktop app, it is possible that this is a momentary fluke and may resolve itself if left alone.

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Microsoft Teams DND (Do Not Disturb) Not Working When Presenting (FIX)

Microsoft Teams can open Microsoft 365 files in the app itself. Files like PowerPoint presentations can not only be edited directly in Microsoft Teams, you can also present from within the app. Most PowerPoint presentation tools are available in in Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams DND when presenting

When presenting anything, whether it’s a slideshow or a document, the one thing you do not want interrupting the presentation is notifications.

Notifications tend to show up as they arrive and some apps e.g., a mail client, will show notifications more often than others. To keep these notifications from interrupting a presentation, Microsoft Teams has a Do Not Disturb mode that you can enable.

Enable Do not disturb in Microsoft Teams

To enable Do not disturb in Microsoft Teams, follow these steps.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams. 
  2. Click your profile at the top right.
  3. Go to your online status (Available by default) and select Do not disturb.

Manage Do Not Disturb exceptions

When you enable Do not disturb, you can add exceptions to it. These exceptions allow notifications from whitelisted contacts to show up even when Do Not Disturb is enabled.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams. 
  2. Click your profile icon at the top right.
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. Go to the Privacy tab.
  5. Click Manage priority access.
  6. Add/remove contacts.

Use system-wide Do Not disturb

The Do Not Disturb feature in Microsoft Teams will block notifications from the app. Other apps on your system will still be able to show notifications. To keep other apps from showing notifications, use the Do Not Disturb feature on your OS.

Focus Assist – Windows 10

  1. Open the Settings app (Win+I).
  2. Go to System>Focus Assist.
  3. Turn on the ‘When I’m using an app in fullscreen’ switch.
  4. Tap the Win+A keyboard shortcut to open the Action Center.
  5. Click the Focus Assist toggle so that it reads ‘Alarms only’. 
  6. All notifications will now be blocked until you turn Focus Assist off.

Do Not Disturb – macOS

  1. Open the System Preferences on macOS.
  2. Go to the Notifications preference.
  3. Select Do Not Disturb from the column on the left.
  4. Enter a time when Do Not Disturb should turn on and off automatically.
  5. Alternatively, click the notifications center icon at the top right of the menu bar.
  6. Go to the Notifications tab.
  7. Scroll up.
  8. Turn the Do Not Distrub switch on.
  9. All notifications from apps will be blocked.

Conclusion

Do not disturb is best used manually if your presentations aren’t always at the same time. If you have fixed time for presenting or for going into a video/audio meeting, you can use the scheduling feature. Scheduling Do Not Disturb is only possible on the OS-wide feature and not in Microsoft Teams.

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Tame Twitter with This Add-on for Chrome and Firefox

TweakNewTwitter

This extension for Firefox and Chrome based browsers gets rid of some annoyances and makes Twitter more pleasant to use.

Make your Twitter timeline show original content from the people you follow, stay on the Latest Tweets timeline, move retweets to a separate timeline and more with this browser extension.

Tweak New Twitter is a Firefox and Chrome extension that adds several sensible features to Twitter. Here’s what the extension can do to make using Twitter a little more pleasant:

• Twitter won’t be able to force you back to the “Home” timeline.

• Moves retweets to a separate retweet timeline, or hides them entirely.

• Always uses the Latest Tweets (chronological) timeline and automatically switches back when Twitter moves you to the “Home” (algorithmic) timeline.

• Hides “More Tweets” when viewing a tweet from an external link.

• Skips the confirmation dialog when you block someone.

• Removes sidebar content (Trends, Who to follow, side footer).

• Hides the Messages drawer.

• Removes some less-used links from the primary navigation (Explore, Bookmarks, Links).

• Hides the account switcher.

• Uses the site’s base font size and normal font weight in primary navigation to make it less distracting (uses your selected font size from the Display / Customize dialog).

These features are all enabled by default and can be changed in the extension’s options.

Optional features:

Hide tweets by or quoting verified accounts, or highlight them if you want to check how much of your timeline content is driven by verified accounts.

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How Microsoft To Do Google Calendar Integration Works

Many Microsoft To Do users are disappointed when they start searching through the settings to find some way to integrate their Microsoft To Do account with Google Calendar.

Plenty of other task management apps out there, such as Google Tasks and Todoist, integrate seamlessly with Google Calendar. Unfortunately, Microsoft has so far refused to add such an integration.

You aren’t completely out of luck. There is one cloud service that integrates perfectly fine with both Google Calendar and Microsoft To Do. That service is Zapier.

What’s Zapier?

Zapier is a cloud automation service that lets you automate activities between nearly all of your online accounts.

You can take triggers from one service, like Gmail or WordPress, and then use them to activate actions on other services, like Twitter or Google Calendar. The integrations are really limited only by your own imagination.

There is a free Zapier account you can use, which gives you 10 “Zaps” and 2,000 tasks per month. Each Zap is an automation, and each task is how many times it can be triggered each month before reaching your limit.

If you do need more, there are plans that range anywhere from less than $20/month for 3,000 tasks a month up to just over $100 for 50,000 tasks a month.

Integrating Zapier with Microsoft To Do

Once you create your account in Zapier, select Make a Zap in the upper left corner to get started with creating your first Microsoft To Do Google Calendar integration.

On the first Make your zap step, you’ll need to search for the Microsoft To-Do app in Zapier. 

1. Type microsoft to-do in the search field. Select Microsoft To-Do in the results.

2. This will open the first step of creating a Zap, using Microsoft To-Do events. To see the available events, select Show 3 more events

3. This will show all available events from Microsoft To Do. 

You can use the following events to trigger your integrations with Google Calendar.

  • New Task: Any time you create a new task.
  • New List: Whenever you create a new trigger.
  • Completed Task: Triggers when you complete a task.
  • Updated Task: Triggers any time you update a task.

You can use any of these events to update your Google Calendar. And this is where your creativity comes in. 

Integrating Microsoft To Do with Zapier

Let’s take a look at what the Microsoft To Do Google Calendar integration looks like in Zapier. 

For example, let’s say you want to create a new calendar entry whenever you’ve created a new task in Microsoft To Do. To do this, elect New Task under Choose an Event. Then select Continue

If you haven’t connected Microsoft To Do with Zapier yet, you’ll need to select Sign in to Microsoft To-Do to continue. 

Once connected to your Microsoft To Do account, select Continue to customize the event. To choose the list you want to trigger on, select Choose value under Customize Task

This will load all of the Lists you have in your Microsoft To Do account. Select the one you want to trigger your Create Task from. This will limit the event only to tasks you create in that list.

Select Continue to move on. Select Test trigger to see if Zapier can connect to your Microsoft To Do account. If the connection is successful, you’ll see that Zapier discovered one of the new tasks in that list. 

Select Continue to move on. 

Integrating Google Calendar with Zapier

Now that you have the connection between Zapier and Microsoft To Do working, and firing a trigger every time you create a new task, it’s time to make the connection to Google Calendar.

1. In the next step, you’ll need to search for the app just as you did above. Type Google Calendar into the search field, and select Google Calendar when it comes up.

2. Next, you’ll need to tell Zapier what you want it to do in Google Calendar whenever you create a new task in Microsoft To Do. Select Show 3 more events to see the entire list.

3. For this example, we want to use details from the new Microsoft To Do task to create a detailed event in Google Calendar. So, select Create Detailed Event. Then select Continue to move on to the next step.

4. You’ll need to select the Google Calendar account you want to use, or make a connection to your existing one. You will only have to do this once, as Zapier saves all connections you make. Select Continue when you’re done.

5. Now you can define every single element of the Google Calendar event using details that Zapier was able to pull in from your Microsoft To Do task. For example, for the Calendar Event Summary, it probably makes the most sense to use the Microsoft To Do task subject.

It’s actually quite remarkable just how much information Zapier can pull from your Microsoft To Do tasks. There are too many to list here, but some of the critical pieces pulled include:

  • Task subject and body.
  • Due, start, completed and reminder date and time.
  • Current task status.
  • Who the task is assigned to.
  • Importance level.
  • Completed date.

These are just a small portion of the list of information you can choose from to pull into Google Calendar events.

Note: When it comes to choosing dates, it’s best to make the Google Calendar event date the same as the reminder date in Microsoft To Do. This ensures that you’ll remember to start the task before it’s due, rather than the date that it’s due. 

6. When you’re finished configuring which Microsoft To Do data will go into your Calendar Event, select Continue.

7. Select Test & Continue to make sure the integration works. You should see a status Test was successful.

8. Select Turn On Zap to complete the integration.

Creating Microsoft To Do Google Calendar Integrations

When you consider just how many Microsoft To Do task data you can pull into Zapier (and into Google Calendar events), the number of integrations you can do is impressive.

Here are a few ideas to get started.

  • Create a new Google Calendar event when you create a new task.
  • Update a Google Calendar event when you update a task.
  • Delete a Google Calendar event when you complete a task.
  • Create a recurring Google Calendar event when you create a new Microsoft To Do list.

With this level of automation between the two, it really doesn’t matter if Microsoft To Do hasn’t added Google Calendar integration by default. Although it comes with a price, at least Zapier lets you accomplish this with not too much effort.

Microsoft Teams Security Zone Setting Error – Here’s How to Fix It

Microsoft Teams has a web interface and its admin panel is accessible exclusively from a web browser. In order to access the Microsoft Teams admin panel, you have to sign in with an account that has been granted admin access.

Microsoft Teams Security Zone Error

In order to sign in to the Microsoft Teams admin center, all you need is access to the right login credentials. There is no set-up needed to access the admin center. That said, some users see the Security Zone Error when they try to log in to the admin center.

1. Enable site tracking

A lot of users have been able to fix the Security Zone Error by enabling site tracking in their browser.

Chrome

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Paste this in the URL bar, and tap Enter; chrome://settings/cookies
  3. Turn the ‘Send ‘Do not track’ request’ switch Off.

Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Paste this in the URL bar, and tap enter; about:preferences#privacy.
  3. Under  “Enhanced tracking protection”, select Standard.

Edge

  1. Open Edge.
  2. Paste the following in the URL bar, and tap enter; edge://settings/privacy.
  3. Turn the ‘Send “Do not track: requests’ switch off.

2. Whitelist Microsoft Teams URLs

The Security Zone Error lists two URLs that are not trusted by your computer. Whitelist them to fix the error.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. Enter inetcpl.cpl and tap the Enter key.
  3. Go to the Security tab.
  4. Select ‘Trusted Sites’.
  5. Click the Sites button.
  6. In the input field, enter the following two URLs, one by one;
    • https://admin.teams.microsoft.com
    • https://login.microsoftonline.com
  7. Close this window.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the more options button at the top, and select Settings.
  3. Go to Import Browser data.
  4. Open the dropdown, and select Internet Explorer.
  5. Click Import.
  6. Return to the main Settings page for Edge.
  7. Go to Account and sign in to your Microsoft account.
  8. Enable sync for the account.
  9. Sign in to the Microsoft Teams admin center.

Conclusion

The Security Zone Error appears when your network or your firewall thinks the domains that you’re visiting in order to access the Microsoft Teams admin center are not safe.

The problem manifests in your browser in the form of this error. If you’re running other anti-virus apps, they might be interfering with the connection as well.

Check if there’s an option to whiteilst URLs in the anti-virus app, or try using a different app. You can normally rely on Windows Defender and it will do a decent job of keeping your system safe.

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