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    Office Online Content (Word 2003 SP1)

    Hi all,

    The File > New dialog (which I find more stratight-forward than the task pane) has acquired a prominent "Templates on Office Online" button which invites the easily distracted user to browse through many, many pages of templates and to download them and perhaps create a cookbook in their spare time.

    I have reviewed the wdDialogFileNew properties, which are meager, and I don't see an obvious way of turning off this button short of recreating the FileNew dialog from scratch. Has anyone dealt with this? Perhaps more to the point, has anyone seen a need to deal with it?

    Any input is appreciated.

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    Kim

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    Re: Office Online Content (Word 2003 SP1)

    Hi, Kim.

    I presume this is not a concern for your personal installation but a networked environment. Have you checked out the ORK Policy Templates on TechNet? While I can't say for sure if it allows modification of that aspect of the wdDialogFileNew it will allow you to set many options for your users using the templates via the server's Active Directory structure (assuming your servers are Win2K or later).

    As to whether there's a need to deal with it... I think that all setting options need to be considered very carefully. There are those that you will want to set and lock down (such as allow fast saves) so that the users cannot change them at all and those which you may decide to set so that each fresh instance of Word will disable an option but they can then re-enable it. This particular option, I don't see as particularly dangerous. The fact that a "standard end user" is able to download items from the Internet is more troubling to me than their foray into the world of MS's online template collection.

    HTH!
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    Re: Office Online Content (Word 2003 SP1)

    Karen,

    Thank you. That does help. I wondered if there might be a policy way since there doesn't seem to be a VBA way. I will check into that.

    I am less worried about the downloading so much as the distraction factor. On the other hand, how interesting are those templates, anyway? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    Best, Kim

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    Re: Office Online Content (Word 2003 SP1)

    >>how interesting are those templates, anyway?

    Well, that depends on if you like horror stories <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> -- While some are actually formatted using styles, etc. many of those in the Word / Business category are all normal -- double returns, tabs... a formatting Nightmare on Elm Street!
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    Re: Office Online Content (Word 2003 SP1)

    Follow up: There IS a way to turn this off.

    You have to turn off all the links to Office on-line resources... but for what it's worth:

    Click Help > Microsoft Office Word Help -- this will display the Word Help Task Pane
    At the bottom you'll see "See also" and a list. At the bottom is "Online Content Settings..."
    Open the dialog and clear the check boxes.
    Restart Word

    And the links will be gone. Unfortunately, it seemed to be all or nothing, despite the check boxes that made it seem otherwise. I couldn't get rid of the button on the templates dialog until I unchecked everything.

    Ironically, I wouldn't have been able to find this info if Word's Help search didn't also look on-line. So it may be worth putting up with the Content buttons, depending on how one feels about the overall value of the on-line help. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    Kim

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