Set outlook 2003 to open in Mailbox Root (outlook today page) via GPO?

Can anyone help me , i need all the users outlooks to start up in the "mailbox" folder instead of the inbox so they see our companys default outlook today page, i can change this locally on the pc in outlook by going to options/other/advanced options. But cannot find this setting in the outlook gpo. Can anyone suggest how i might manage this?

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Have you set the values for the Outlook Today page in the Outlook 2003-administrative template?

User Configuration -> Microsoft office Outlook 2003 -> Outlook Today Settings
richardwakefieldAuthor Commented:
Yes. I have set the custom url location. do i need to enable the outlook today availability?

When outlook loads i can manually click on the mailbox root and see the outlook today, but i want outlook to start in this folder automatically.
I found something and currently check if it works...
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; ADM Template
; Author Matthias Junge for ExpertsExchange Question 21483068/TA Outlook
; Set Outlook Today! as startpage in Outlook 2003  
; !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
; !!! replace <<<<<PROFILENAME>>>>> with your Outlook Profile name !!!!!
; !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CATEGORY "Outlook 2003 start page"

KEYNAME "Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\<<<<<PROFILENAME>>>>>\0a0d020000000000c000000000000046"
      POLICY "Set Outlook 2003 start page"
            PART "Set Outlook Today as start page" EDITTEXT
            VALUENAME 001e0336
            DEFAULT "IPF.TodaysOutlook"
              END PART
            PART "IPF.TodaysOutlook --> to set Outlook Today as start page." TEXT END PART
            PART "IPF.Note --> so that Outlook will show the inbox by default." TEXT END PART

For Outlook 2003 on my machine there's a registry key at
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\<<<<<PROFILENAME>>>>>\0a0d020000000000c000000000000046

In my case in this folder there's a key with the name "001e0336" and if this key is set to...


...Outlook opens the Outlook Today page at startup. I suppose that the path is slightly different on your machines, because it contains the profile name. In my case it was 'Standard'

To set it via GPO the profile name has to be the same on all machines!!!

Copy the text from the post into the editor, replace <<<<<PROFILENAME>>>>> with the name of the profile on your machines and save it as an adm-file.

Import the Administrative Template and make sure that this option is not activated, because the policy setting is only visible if you have disabled the following option:
Menu View -> Filtering --> Uncheck ‘Show only policy settings that can be fully managed’
richardwakefieldAuthor Commented:
When i try and import the adm file i get the following error:

unexpected keyword

found :CATEGOR
expected: CATEGORY

I have checked and Line  22 reads:


as it should.

Any ideas?
make sure that there's at least one empty line at the end of the file.
And if that don't work, you can download the template here:

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richardwakefieldAuthor Commented:
Thankyou very much, i downloaded your file and it worked perfectly.
I'm glad I could help :-)
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