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    Modifying Message Toolbar via Custom form (Outlook 2002 SP-2)

    Hello all.

    I'm trying to remove that pesky "Reply to All" button from the toolbar of email messages for my company.

    I planned to create a custom form based on the standard Message form, and to remove the "Reply to All" button from the custom form. Then I would publish my form to our Organizational Forms Library, and push out the needed Custom Form registry keys to have Outlook use my form as the default message form.

    Only problem is, I couldn't find a way to remove the "Reply to All" button from my custom form. I even tried creating a new email message, removing the 'Reply to All' button from it, then using Tools, Forms, Design This Form to create a custom form from that. Published it in Organizational Forms, added the Custom Forms re keys - worked fined, until I tried it on another pc (after adding the reg keys). On that pc, the 'Reply to All' button appeared as always.

    Am I missing something here, or is this just not do-able via forms? I can create a COM add-in to remove the button. Tthat seems like overkill, though, if it can be done via a form.

    Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    Bob

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    Re: Modifying Message Toolbar via Custom form (Outlook 2002 SP-2)

    Hi Bob

    I'm wondering why you would want to remove that button. I'd be horrified if it disappeared. While I don't use it all the time, it is very convenient if a message is sent to more than one person and there is more than one point of view, or requirement. You'd just have to cc everyone.

    Anyway, I'm sure you have a good reason, so good luck.

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    Re: Modifying Message Toolbar via Custom form (Outlook 2002 SP-2)

    We want to remove the button because some of our users hit it without thinking first. It's annoying, because the firm gets peppered with lots of unnecessary emails. And it's dangerous, because emails can inadvertently be sent to parties who should not receive them.

    We would still leave Reply to All in the Actions menu, so the functionality would still be available. Our users would just have to take some extra steps to use it. <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Modifying Message Toolbar via Custom form (Outlook 2002 SP-2)

    You could find the Control ID and disable it without removing the button. Something like (untested pseudocode):

    Set obj = Item.GetInspector.CommandBars.FindControl( , ID#)
    obj.Enabled = False

    Reply to All can also be invoked by Ctrl-Shift-R.
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    Re: Modifying Message Toolbar via Custom form (Outlook 2002 SP-2)

    Bob, according to Sue Mosher, Controls (icons) can be disabled by Server Administration. I don't do Server Admin, so perhaps someone else can help you with it.
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    Re: Modifying Message Toolbar via Custom form (Outlook 2002 SP-2)

    What happens if you go into design mode for the standard form (IPM.something) and remove it from the Actions list?

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    Re: Modifying Message Toolbar via Custom form (Outlook 2002 SP-2)

    John,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I was hoping to find a non-administrative, non-programmatic solution, but I guess it's not meant to be.

    As you suggested, I tried removing Reply to All from the Actions menu for IPM.Note. Didn't affect the button, though, which remained visible and active.

    My task has changed a bit since I first posted. Now, rather than remove the button, I've been asked to move it to the farthest right position on the toolbar. I wasn't able to do this with the IPM.Note form. So I created a simple add-in to do it.

    Thanks again for the help.

    Bob

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