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Prevent users from changing Email account and Outlook Settings

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I manage a small office (4 computers) using Outlook 2003.  Sometimes users "accidentally" change a setting under tools | options  or change settings in email account settings.  I have asked them not "to go there" but they do.  Asside from further verbal or employee action is there someway I could just eliminate the TOOLS option from the toolbar all together?

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by:David Lee
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Hi thandel,

Are you using Exchange or Outlook alone?

Cheers!
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Alone, without Exchange.
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Then I'm afraid there not much you can do.  If you were using Exchange, then you could use Windows policies to lock down some aspects of Outlook.  You could still lock Outlook down by manually setting the registry entries that control Outlook, but you'd have to do it on each computer, and if the employee knows a bit about computers they'd be able to edit the registry and change the settings any time they wanted to.  You can download the Outlook administrative template here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/assistance/ha011513601033.aspx  If I remember correctly it comes with an Excel spreadsheet that details each setting.  You'd have to find the setting you want to apply, note down the associated registry setting that controls it, then edit the registry (or build a registry template) and apply the setting.  
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Thanks
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One thought, it is possible to control menu items using VB like you can with Word and Excel?
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You're welcome.  Yes, you can control some of the menus.
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