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    Changing Default Settings (Word 2003)

    We're shortly going to be upgrading our systems company-wide to Office 2003. In preparation for that, I've been working with the IT staff to setup the options we want to push out with the install (like turning on full menus, etc.). We're having trouble figuring out how to change the default so that the Standard and Formatting toolbars do NOT share a row. Anyone know how to do this via the MST file or with a registry setting? I was also looking for a full list of all the registry settings for Office 2003. Is that available anywhere? Many thanks!

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    Re: Changing Default Settings (Word 2003)

    I'm sorry that your post has fallen by the wayside. This kind of thing is not the Lounge's strongest point, but who knows...

    By the way, I doubt that there is a list of "all the registry settings for Office 2003". It would be very long.

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    Re: Changing Default Settings (Word 2003)

    My MSWord toolbar troubles are often relieved by deleting the scurrilous "DATA" key (details below).

    Perhaps setting up your toolbars on a clean machine, then exporting that key, and using that key to prime your user machines will do the trick.

    It works on my standalone desktop - I exported the key to a .reg file, and just double-click on the .reg file if my toolbars are screwed up.

    A long time ago I wrote a generic 'best fit" algorithm and hooked that into a toolbar-rearranging macro.

    (BELOW)
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    In RegEdit browse to
    HKEY_CURRENTUSER
    SOFTWARE
    MICROSOFT
    OFFICE
    10.0 (OR 9.0 OR 8.0)
    WORD
    DATA

    It's the Data key that seems to govern the toolbar layout, amongst other things.

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    Re: Changing Default Settings (Word 2003)

    The Excel spreadsheet Regkey.xls from the Office Ressource Kit has a list of all the Office Registry settings.

    It probably won't help, though, because likely the setting is stored together with a whole lot of other settings in one large binary blob in the DATA key that Chis mentioned.
    Added: I just compared the DATATOOLBARS key before and after changing the setting, and it showed 35 differences. Probably the registry key stores the exact location and arrangement of the toolbars, rather than a boolean setting for "Show standard and formatting toolbar in two rows".

    You could write a macro to arrange the toolbars any way you like, thus achieving the same effect than the option... but it would probably be easier to set the option manually, if you're not dealing with lots of machines.

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> Klaus

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    Re: Changing Default Settings (Word 2003)

    Hi Hans,

    No, I compared that before and after changing the option, and the key didn't change. It's definitely the Word/Data/Toolbars key.

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    Re: Changing Default Settings (Word 2003)

    OK, thanks. I'll edit my reply.

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    Re: Changing Default Settings (Word 2003)

    As far as I can tell, the setting for "Show Standard and Formatting toolbars on one row" is stored in the Microsoft Word value in the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice11.0Common ToolbarsSettings key. This is a binary value too, so that doesn't help either...

    Added: this is incorrect, see the reply by Klaus Linke (thanks, Klaus, for testing)

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