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Is there any way to disable the 'Research' feature (Alt + Click) in Microsoft Office 2007? It would be better if there was a policy setting or install option that I've missed, but if not, can you disable it post-install?

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Sadly, I don't think there is a way to do this. –  Omar Shahine May 4 '09 at 0:47
    
It has to be the most annoying thing in office, especially outlook, I find myself loading it up all the time –  Glenn Slaven May 4 '09 at 1:02
    
Out of curiosity, why is this a problem? –  tomjedrz May 4 '09 at 3:37
    
Because it locks up the program while it loads the research pane –  Glenn Slaven May 4 '09 at 6:03

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According to this thread, you can't disable the Research pane but you can speed it up by clicking the "Research Options" button and then clicking "Update/Remove" to remove all the online searches.

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That does make a major difference, it will be a pity if you can't remove it, but this is better than nothing –  Glenn Slaven May 4 '09 at 6:04

This works in Word and Excel, and I assume it will work in Outlook. To disable the Research task pane:

From the Office application, press Alt + F11 to open the VB Editor.

Press Ctrl + G to open the Immediate Window.

Type this line and press Enter:

Application.CommandBars("Research").Enabled = False
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Press alt click that will enable the options on the down arrow sign besides the research title window Choose close.

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My experience is it just went away after killing it a bunch of times. I have seen some very happy people on annoyance.org saying:

Alt + click the X to close.

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