Email disappeared in one click?

Since upgraded to the new Outlook – part of Office 365, version 1803, I found quite a lot difference. Previously was the column width issuePST issue, yesterday there is another one.

Trying to clean up and sort out dozens of emails on Monday after a busy weekend, I normally flag those important emails to prioritize. But wait a second, why those emails disappeared when I click on the flag? I know Outlook 365 is a bit slow and trying to re-sorting all the time, but the emails I clicked actually went to Deleted Items. What happened?

When I hover my mouse on the flag, it indeed tells me “Click to delete the item”. Seriously?!

Next, when I expand the column a bit. Ha! I saw the delete sign.

Why the heck do they bundle the flag sign and delete sign together? And, when the column is compacted, the default action is “delete”? I don’t see the logic here.

These kind of UI/UX issues in new Office are strange, huge difference. Not like the Ctrl-F thing, these are hard to explain. As a user, I will be cautious. I guess you should too.

Be careful when you upgrade OneNote

I primarily use OneNote 2013 on my personal PC. Last week, I was thinking, Microsoft has made OneNote free forever, why don’t I just upgrade OneNote to 2016 and take advantage of the new features (if there is any).

So I searched and downloaded the installation file from Microsoft. As suggested, if you are not sure what version to use for your CPU, choose x86: setuponenotefreeretail.x86.en-us_, is the file I got. Then I installed it on my PC, along with the existing full pack of Office 2013. Lucky me, it did not replace OneNote 2013 I have.

What’s the problem?

When I run OneNote 2016 the first time, it asked me login, using my main Live account. No issues, it opened all my OneNote files in OneDrive. But, when I tried to open an OneNote notebook that only existing on my local hard drive. It gave me this error:

So, I can choose either upload this notebook from my hard drive to Microsoft OneDrive, or page a fee to activate the Office 365 subscription, although it says OneNoteFreeRetail and such promises somewhere on their web site.

I have O365 subscription, it just not linked to my main Live account, and I don’t want or need to buy another subscription. Should I upload everything include my personal archive or more sensitive notes to the cloud? Neither. So keep the old version and be cautious when you do upgrade.

Here is an article talking about similar issue on Office 2019, but I think the 2016 version has the same, as I described above.

A thread in Reddit, people talked about this already 2 years ago:

Of course, you can always use the online version for free, but you have to upload it to the cloud. Next time, if there is a major upgrade, I would export all my notes to PDF first.

What are these Office 365 URLs about?

Admin Portal Home:

Under that, the different Admin Centers’ URL naming convention is in a quite mess.

Exchange is

Skype for Business is

SharePoint is

Under SharePoint, there is an OneDrive document repository for every user:, it actually resolves to Other than that, there are sites and teams, and the new stuff – groups.

Default site collection:

Video Portal:



Compliance Policy Center:

OneDrive is

PowerApps is

Flow is

Security & Compliance is

Azure AD is


PowerShell for Azure Active Directory (AAD) and Office 365

Well, this is just some notes on how to prepare PowerShell to manage Azure Active Directory and Office 365. But similar to connecting to AD in Azure, you also need to go through these steps to connect PowerShell to an Azure subscription.

This is quite interesting actually when I put them together. As AAD still has two active environment versions, same as Azure console – Classic and RM – they belong to different logins, a little confusing to admins. Also PowerShell modules need to be installed and updated to enable different cmdlets set in order to manage different products – cloud, non-cloud, 3rd-parties like AWS, etc. So when something is not working, maybe you are in a wrong dimension or Microsoft wants you to update the binary you are using.

Azure Subscription AAD Module v1 (MSOnline)
– General Availability version
– Public Preview version
AzureAD v2
– General Availability version
– Public Preview version
– Install lastest Azure Tools using Web Platform Installer
> Add-AzureAccount
> Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile
> Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile
> Select-AzureSubscription
MS Online Services Sign-in Assistant
Windows AAD Module for Windows PowerShell
Step 1: Install Azure PowerShell
Install-Module AzureRM
Download and install Azure AD Connect (.msi)
Update AAD Module > 1.0.8070.2
Download from PS Gallery
Install AAD Module
Update AAD Module
Step 2: Connect to an Azure account
Connect to Azure AD

$Msolcred = Get-credential
Connect-MsolService -Credential $MsolCred

Connect to AAD

$AzureAdCred = Get-Credential
Connect-AzureAD -Credential $AzureAdCred

Step 3: Run Azure PowerShell cmdlets

v1 cmdlets are here v2 are here
More information: PowerShell Gallery Office 365 PowerShell

One more thing: remember to check the update time of anything posted online, those older than 3 months might be useless.