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Using Excel 2013 (Office 2013, 32-bit, per MS recommendation) on Windows 7 Professional, 64bit in a Server 2008R2 domain.

When trying to open an Excel 2013 document, we're getting the error box: There was a problem sending the command to the program.

The Microsoft solution to this is to uncheck Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) in Excel.

How can I do this in AD and push it out?

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You'll need the Office 2013 Administrative Template files, and the setting is at:

Administrative Templates\Excel 2013\Excel Options\Advanced\
Named: Ignore Other Applications

Alternately, the registry key controlling this behavior is:

Named: fDDEEnabled_6_1, REG_DWORD type, and takes a 1 or a 0. At least in Office 2007 and 2010, 1 was off and 0 was on, so it's probably the same for Office 2013.

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Got the downloads. THank you. Should these be extracted into the domain server's c:\windows\sysvol\domain\Policies\PolicyDefinitions folder? – user52874 Jun 2 '14 at 20:18
@user52874 That's one location for them, the other is on the local machine at C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-us. (Obviously, assuming US, English). – HopelessN00b Jun 2 '14 at 20:23

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