Turn off Reading Pane in Outlokk 2003 via GPO (or other means)
Posted on 2006-10-23
Running across an issue with a client who has already rolled out Outlook 2003 across their domain, but now wants to make some changes with each Outlook client (over 3,000 client workstations). Instead of allowing the Reading Pane, the client would like it turned off for every workstation and not allow users to turn it back on again. I've done some research and realize there isn't an easy way to complete this.. The best solution I found was the following:
1. Disable the Command ID for the reading pane via Group Policy using Command ID 5514. Basically this turns off the menu option for the reading pane.
2. Since the above change does not affect clients who already utilize the reading pane, replace all desktop shortcuts with the /nopreview option.
Great plan, however, the GPO portion is not working. I'm positive it's added to the correct place, but it's still not working for me. Looking for more ideas on where to take this one. Thanks.
Please spare the discussion on how the Reading Pane is much safer in 2003 than ever before... I did this until I was blue in the face today. I just need a way to do it.