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    Unwanted Start Menu Options (Office XP (no SVC PK))

    The Office XP installation added the choices:
    "New Office Document"
    "Open Office Document"
    to the top of the Start Menu (above

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    Re: Unwanted Start Menu Options (Office XP (no SVC PK))

    Sort of a backward answer, but this tells you what you've done wrong if you want them and don't get them, but it may give you some clues. I suspect it's to do with profiles.

    OFFXP: Office Program Shortcuts Are Missing (Q298025)

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    Re: Unwanted Start Menu Options (Office XP (no SVC PK))

    I agree that MS shoudln't touch the Start Menu without your consent, and that you should be able to remove non-essential Office components with impunity.

    To out-smart MS you should *hide* rather than delete the Start Menu shortcuts. Find the shortcut files, right-click to display the Properties dialog, check the Hidden attribute, and click OK. In the Explorer, press F5 to refresh, and you'll see that your shortcuts have disappeared from the Start Menu. If that's not the case, find any other occurrences of the Start Menu (on Win2K you may have three or four), and repeat the above.

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    Sadly, Hiding Links Doesn't Help

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    Profiles Might be a Clue

    Thanks for the link. When an Office application asks for the installation CD, I

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    Re: Profiles Might be a Clue

    Have you tried removing them via the taskbar settings (Start-->Settings-->Taskbar & Start Menu)? If you use the Advanced button, it will show you an explorer window. If you delete shortcuts there and then OK the changes, they shouldn't come back or give you any problems with Office.
    Charlotte

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    RE: Using Taskbar Options to Delete Links

    Is there a reason that this technique would be different than just navigating to C:WINDOWSStart Menu in Explorer and deleting the links? I

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    Re: RE: Using Taskbar Options to Delete Links

    It may depend on the version of Windows you're running. In Win9x, I found that deleting shortcuts directly could actually damage the program, but removing shortcuts through the taskbar settings did not seem to do so. I'll have to check my Win2k machine at work and see whether it has replaced the items I removed that way from my start menu. If it has, I haven't noticed it.
    Charlotte

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    OSA.EXE???

    Just a wild guess here - Could OSA.EXE, usually run on Startup, be causing the links to reappear??

    I haven't tested this, but you might try using MSCONFIG (for WIN 9x) to temporarily disable OSA (Office Startup)...Or just temporarily remove its shortcut from the Start Menu/Programs/Startup folder.

    HTH <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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    Re: OSA.EXE???

    I had the same thought. OSA is NOT in my start folder.

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    Re: Using Taskbar Options to Delete Links -- NG

    FWIW, deleting via the task bar didn't work any better. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

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