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    Shut off Collaboration (Office 2003)

    With the release of Office 2003, collaboration is at its core of development. As a classroom teacher, it provides speed and the latest in technology for cheating. Is there a way to disable the email and collaboration functions within Office 2003? Is there a free (school district budgets are tight) for tweaking these settings?

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    Re: Shut off Collaboration (Office 2003)

    Do your computers run Windows 2000 or XP Pro and log in to a Windows 2000 or higher server? If so, Office can be configured centrally using Group Policy. This pushes settings into the user's registry that affect the functionality of Office in numerous ways.

    Alternatively, if you can uncover those registry settings in another way, you can push them into the user's registry using a .REG file or a script.

    You also can customize the Word environment (e.g., get rid of File>Send to) and remove Outlook, but it can be quite difficult to remove Outlook Express and Windows/MSN Messenger, and every other possible method of communication.

    Depending on what is supposed to be happening in the classroom, there might be a way to force all of the traffic through a gateway device (e.g., firewall) that polices the type of traffic passing among the computers (and out to the Internet). That might start to run into some money.

    You can't be alone in this need. Maybe there's a web site or mailing list that would have good resources for you??

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    Re: Shut off Collaboration (Office 2003)

    We are running XP Pro. Thank you for your reply. I agree--there should be some other resources, however, I will continue to work on it.

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    Re: Shut off Collaboration (Office 2003)

    Ed -- perhaps you could elaborate on what you believe are the most common situations ripe for misconduct in your class. and/or school Also, are you, in addition to being a classroom teacher, serving as a departmental resource to other teachers and administrators, serving as the tech coordinator, or other capacity? As mentioned Group Policies can be effective in locking down Office and/or other applications, but if you are trying to prevent cutting and pasting between documents, it's the wrong tool.

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