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We have deployed Office 2007 to multiple computers in an office environment (Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP CLients) and need to remove the 'Options' setting seen from the File menu.

Is there a way this can be achieved via group policy or similar?


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Unfortunately, there is no GPO setting to disable the Word Options button in the Office 2007 GPO templates. you need to create a custom Word document template with the options button disabled and then place it at one of the following locations (depending on Windows version):

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP


If the computer is a terminal server or if it is otherwise used by multiple users you can also place the template at the following location:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\STARTUP

I have some lines of code that will show you how to do it, but I can't post them. If someone can tell me how to post them I'll gladly add them to this answer.

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Thanks Joe for your response. I would be grateful if you can post your code. I think it is possible on here by, clicking on the binary icon in the editor for 'Your Answer' – heisenberg Aug 30 '10 at 16:28
I'll tell you what, it would be easier for me to make the actual templates available to you. You can download them from (using FTP of course). It should be obvious which is which when you download them. Put them in the paths described in my answer and that should do it for you. – joeqwerty Aug 30 '10 at 23:36
Thanks Joe. I appreciate your help with this. Give my regards to Cleveland, I lived there for a couple of years in the late '90s, great place! – heisenberg Aug 31 '10 at 12:54
@heisenberg: Glad to help. Hopefully the templates work for you. BTW, love your uncertainty principal ;) – joeqwerty Aug 31 '10 at 16:16
Worked a treat, thanks. If it is not too much bother can you tell me where in the template the options button is set to disabled. – heisenberg Sep 2 '10 at 10:29

You will need to install the Microsoft Office 2007 ADM templates.

Once you've done that, you will have control over Office 2007 via Group Policy.

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Thanks, I'll give that a try just now – heisenberg Aug 24 '10 at 15:56

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