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How do I disable Outlook XP's Preview Pane for ALL its users?

Posted on 2002-07-02
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I am trying to stop Outlook 2002 (XP) from allowing our end-users to use this feature.  I have combed through the Office XP transform and the Office XP Resource Kit to find a setting to disable this feature.  The closest I got was the Office XP RK ADM policy file for Outlook which has settings for the preview pane but not a full disable.  I have gone as far as running REGMON to try to find the registry key to disable it.  I know there must be a way to do this that is fairly straightforward.

Hope you can help!!
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by:steinmto
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If you launch Outlook from a shortcut or commandline you can use the
/nopreview switch.

outlook.exe /nopreview will disable the preview pane on startup

Tom
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Or there is a registry setting:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
\Shell\Open\Command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft
Office\\Office\\OUTLOOK.EXE\" /nopreview"
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by:robdgibson
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The commandline switch does work but the Reg edit doesn't seem to.  I think it is just the format of the string so this looks very promising.  Any chance you have the specific setting to fix this?  thanks!!
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by:robdgibson
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I have tried this commmand-line switch in our development lab with Outlook XP and unfortunately this does not disable the preview pane as it did on Outlook 2000.  Apparently it only disables the preview pane at Outlook startup and not the use of it.  Any more ideas??
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