Notes 10 – Pushing a custom color theme to Notes clients

The Notes 10 client allows users to change the color theme.
You can also set this up by using the Desktop Settings policy for all or some users.

This You can apply through the new notes.ini setting CUSTOM_THEME_COLOR=<R>,<G>,<B>
<R>,<G>,<B> represent the red, green, and blue values to use as the basis for the theme color.

For example: CUSTOM_THEME_COLOR=128,0,128

To push a notes.ini setting to clients, use the Custom Settings tab in a Desktop Settings policy.

To evaluate different colors for the theme and to see color RGB values, from Notes, click File – Preferences – Fonts, Colors, and Themes. With the IBM Theme selected, click Customize Theme. Next to Choose your theme, click the color box.


“Top 20” Fix List IBM Domino/Notes 10.0/10.0.1

IBM has released a list “top 20” Fix List Domino/Notes 10.

Notes/Domino 10.0/10.0.1 contains fixes for approximately 2000 known issues. As IBM said: “This list was compiled to identify the issues that most significantly impact customers”.

Official announcement and IBM Fix List – Link

Client :

  • SPR #RREN8G2N6L – Fixed a printing defect that caused the printed output to be different thant what was being displayed on screen for a MIME email message. For example, if hide details was selected to suppress the to/cc list, that info would print out. With this fix, it will remain suppressed. 
  • SPR #SJCN8K6KYX – Vertical Scroll bars will now appear in mail preferences Mail signature rich text dialog if typing in a longer signature. This will allow the user to scroll up and down making it easier to edit the signature
  • SPR #BHUY7PEEQ9 – Notes 10.0 will now spellcheck across multiple languages on windows in a single document. This feature is not available on the mac. This feature is on by default and can be disabled with a new ini SPELL_DISABLE_MULTIPLE_LANG_CHECK=1
  • SPR #CSMHAG9M5K – Fixed numerous display issues with Notes client on 4k displays
  • SPR #NKAH9RWEK9 – Fixed an issue with blank/generic icons appearing for shortcut link attachments. On Windows, a user can create a shortcut link to a file. This shortcut has the icon of the associated program. Prior to this fix, if the shortcut was attached in a rich text field in Notes, the icon would be a generic icon. This was a regression introduced in 9.0.
  • SPR #TYITA548NJ – Fixed an issue in iNotes related to auto-save that would lead to either duplicate attachments being sent or multiple attachments beginning with ATTxxx in the attachment name. These duplicate attachments would show up in sent or draft mail.
  • SPR #ZKCO8ZZ9ZU – Increased the block sender list by 10x. Now if you choose the action for [Deliver Sender’s mail to Junk] you can add 10 times as many senders/users to the list
  • SPR #MWID7LWRJ7 – Fixed an issue where the ini ShowPreviewCollapsedInitially=1 would not honor all cases of collapsing the preview pane in the mail inbox. Now this ini can be pushed out via policy and handle all cases for primary user or mail file delegate
  • SPR #MPAA6PQCHK – Added support for the Notes client to send mail directly to an SMTP server that supports STARTTLS. Prior to this fix, sending SMTP outbound mail directly to the internet using Notes Client with an SSL enabled account yielded an SSL handshake error. Both client and template code were modified for this fix


  • SPR #MJTM9R2P8P – Fixed a potential crash involving both Domino and Traveler when a bad document was encountered
  • SPR #MIAS99HP2S – Fixed a potential Domino Server hang that could occur with databases that were <ODS 51
  • SPR #LMAN7QPHSU – Fixed mail policy Sender Colors to accept multiple values. Before this fix, the policy would not work if it contained more than one sender name.
  • SPR #KLIN5GHRZR – Fixed an LDAP performance issue. The Domino LDAP server has slow response time when search filters contain attributes that are telephone numbers. This fix enables LDAP queries to use FT index for locating the telephonenumber attribute. It can be enabled by adding LDAPUseFTSearchTelephone=1 to the INI file. One caveat is that the search must match the telephone number exactly, including parentheses, dashes, or other non-numeric characters.
  • SPR #TOCL9DVN4K – Prior to this fix, if the 64k limit of password reset authorities was exceeded, password authorities would be removed. After this fix, an error is displayed instead, and no password reset authorities are removed.
  • SPR #MZHO7PM4CC – Fixed an issue that would prevent mail routing to occur If mail.box was being repaired when router is started.
  • SPR #HSPR9DKAAT – Fixed a potential Domino Server crash in database code
  • SPR #DCOE7X7L3W – Corrected an issue that would show an incorrect warning that would not go away after running Fixup. The message was, WARNING: Residual form bucket bitmap optimization failed validation test. Please run fixup on this database.
  • SPR #JEKY5ARNPA – Soft deletions are now maintained when creating a new replica. This fix is off by default and can be enabled with the new ini REPL_SOFT_DELETES. To enable the fix, set REPL_SOFT_DELETES=1.
  • SPR #MLAT9FTTE4 – Fixed a policy issue in pubnames.ntf which would prevent the discover page from being suppressed on Notes client

Some components no longer included Domino/Notes 10

The following components are no long part of Domino/Notes 10:

  • IBM HTTP Server. IBM HTTP Server (IHS) has been removed as an install option for Domino on Windows and is no longer supported as a tightly integrated HTTP replacement for Domino HTTP on the same machine.
  • Older IBM Lotus file types for import and export. Lotus 1-2-3 file type is no longer available, by default, for view import or export.Use the notes.ini setting IncludeOldFileTypes=1 on clients if you want to enable these file type options again.
  • The IBM iNotes ActiveX installer. The IBM iNotes ActiveX installer is no longer provided with Domino for iNotes. As of Internet Explorer 11, standard users can install ActiveX controls themselves and administrator access is no longer required.
  • RSS feed reader
  • Domino Offline Services (DOLS)
  • The Open Social components

What’s new in IBM Notes 10 – Calendar

What interesting news can you find in IBM Notes 10 Calendar? Here are few helpful features.

  • Team calendar. A team calendar enables everyone on a team to see the availability of team members and schedule meetings with team members. To use a team calendar, you create a mail file that is configured as a mail-in database.
  • Add calendar categories and assign colors at the same time. You can add calendar categories right from the Category colors preference tab.You need template Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf)
  • Allow attendees to invite others. A meeting chair can allow attendees to invite or propose other people to attend a meeting. You need template Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf)
Allow attendees to invite others
  • Delegate calendar but not Contacts. You can delegate your calendar to someone while keeping your Contacts private. You need template Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf)
Delegate calendar but not Contacts.
  • Apply Sender Colors to meetings. If you use the Sender Colors feature to assign colors to particular people you receive mail from, you can now apply those colors to the meetings chaired by these people, too. You need template Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf)
Apply Sender Colors to meetings

What’s new in IBM Notes 10 – Mail

What interesting news can you find in IBM Notes 10 Mail? I allowed myself to choose a few helpful features.

  • New By Sender view categorizes messages received by sender. Unlike the Inbox, it contains all messages you’ve received,even ones that you’ve moved to folders. You need the IBM Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf).
By Sender view
  • Schedule when messages are delivered. You can schedule a message to be delivered at a specific date and time. For example, you can send a message on the afternoon but schedule it to be delivered next day. You need the IBM Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf). The administrator must allow this option with a policy.
Delay Delivery settings
  • Keep multiple forwarded messages separate. You can select multiple messages in your Inbox and forward them as .eml attachments. You need the IBM Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf).
Forward multiple messages as .eml

  • Second signature for replying and forwarding. You can create a mail signature to use just when you reply to or forward messages. This feature comes in handy if you use a more concise version when you reply to or forward messages. You need the IBM Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf).
Setting signature for Reply and Forward Messages
  • Larger Junk Mail Senders list. Your Junk Mail Senders List can now contain up to 300 KB of data for addresses, 10 times more than before. You need the IBM Notes 10 mail template (mail10.ntf).S
  • Send mail errors and warnings. Administrator has the option to put limits on messages that you send, such as limits on the number of attachments or recipients. When you send a message that exceeds more than one of these limits, you’ll see all error or warnings messages at once.

Mail errors and warnings