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    Disable Preview Pane

    With Outlook 2000 the following registry setting turns off the Preview Pane:

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}ShellOpenCommand]
    @="C:PROGRA~1MICROS~2OfficeOUTLOOK.EXE" /nopreview

    This doesn't appear to work for Outlook 2002/2003. Can anyone help?

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    Re: Disable Preview Pane

    It's under the View menu. Also, I think in XP and 2003 the Views got moved into an HTML File. Is there a reason you need the Registry setting?
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    Re: Disable Preview Pane

    We want to disable access to preview pane globally and not trust our users to do it as just viewing HTML messages can download viruses, e.g. Bagle.Q

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    Re: Disable Preview Pane

    Starting about Outlook XP SP1 and some of the IE Security improvements, Preview Pane got a lot safer. Since you are considering Group Policy issues which are outside my expertise, start at http://www.slipstick.com/emo/2004/up040204.htm and http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/esecup/admin.htm. You can set Outlook to start with the /nopreview switch, but if you don't set Admin Rights carefully on the machines, users may be able to bypass it. Loungers with more Server experience than me may be able to help, or you might also ask this question in the Server Forum.
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    Re: Disable Preview Pane

    Starting with /nopreview has no effect on Outlook 2002/2003. Option is still available to user.

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    Re: Disable Preview Pane

    It looks as though it still has not been added to the administrative templates in the Resource Kit (it wasn't there for XP and I don't see it for 2003, either).

    I believe the Preview Pane is part of the view definitions. We previously had a thread on trying to change the gridlines in Outlook 2003's views by editing the XML definitions. It didn't work, even though it worked in Outlook 2002. Whether that was a problem unique to gridlines, I couldn't say, but you could look for that thread for some code ideas.

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    Re: Disable Preview Pane

    Your most certain method of dealing with that problem would be disabling HTML mail altogether. That could prove to be unpopular. The setting is controlled in Exchange System Manager under Golbal Settings|Internet Message Formats. HTH
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    Re: Disable Preview Pane

    What we intended doing, if possible, was using our NetWare login scripts to disable Preview Pane, as we do for Outlook 2000.

    You all seem to be saying that there is no similar registry setting for 2002/2003, so we will need to find an alternatiive method. Launching Outlook with /nopreview doesn't seem to work.
    We don't want to disable HTML format
    So, code might be the only answer?

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    Re: Disable Preview Pane

    To be strict: the registry setting exists in 2002/3, but it has now become reversible - at the front end level - by the End User. Controlling Outlook through code is not as flexible as it is with some Office applications, and it's been a while since I looked much at that part of the Object Model. I think you'll find, however, that you can't control the Preview Pane through code. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Disable Preview Pane

    Good thinking, unkamunka, you might be able to start OL with /nopreview and Application_Startup event code that disables the Preview menu item. But then you'd have issues with users who get into the VBE undoing the Startup code.
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