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How can I remove/disable the Office Button from MS Word 2007?

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I am attempting to embed a MS Word 2007 instance inside a C# Application.  I want to make the embedded instance of Word as simple as possible, and I don't want the end users to be able to do anything that will interfere with the intended use of the application.  To accomplish this goal, I want to disable open/save/close file functionality.  Using xml I am able to disable most of the problem functionality, but the Office Button is still causing me problems.  I can remove most of the options, but I have been unable do hide/disable the Office Button, and I have been unable to remove the "Recent Documents" functionality from the menu itself.

I will give points for a solution for how to hide/disable the Office Button, or for how to remove the "Recent Documents" from the Office Button.
<customUI xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/2006/01/customui">
	<commands> 
		<command idMso="FileNewDatabase" enabled="false"/>
		<command idMso="FileCloseDatabase" enabled="false"/> 
		<command idMso="ApplicationOptionsDialog" enabled="false"/>
		<command idMso="FileOpenDatabase" enabled="false"/>
		<command idMso="FileExit" enabled="false"/>
	</commands>
	<ribbon startFromScratch="true">
		<tabs>
			<tab idMso="TabHome" visible="true" />
			<tab idMso="TabInsert" visible="true" />
			<tab idMso="TabPageLayoutWord" visible="true" />
			<tab idMso="TabReferences" visible="true" />
			<tab idMso="TabMailings" visible="true" />
			<tab idMso="TabReviewWord" visible="true" />
			<tab idMso="TabView" visible="true" />
		</tabs>
		<officeMenu>  
			<control idMso="FileOpen" visible="false" />
			<control idMso="FileNew" visible="false" />
			<control idMso="FileNewDatabase" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="SourceControlCreateDatabaseFromProject" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="FileOpenDatabase" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="FileSave" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="ConvertDatabaseFormat" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="FileSaveAsMenuAccess" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="FileManageMenu" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="FileSendAsAttachment" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="MenuPublish" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="FileServerMenu" visible="false"/>
			<control idMso="FileCloseDatabase" visible="false"/>
			<button idMso="FileCompactAndRepairDatabase" visible="false"/>
			<button idMso="ApplicationOptionsDialog" enabled="false"/>
		</officeMenu>
	</ribbon>
</customUI>

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Well, it looks like nobody has a really great answer to this problem.  I guess I'll just post on what I found.  

1) When using the DsoFramer Control provided by, but not supported by, Microsoft; the Office button is removed.  This indicates that there IS some way to do it, but that it may not be a very simple or straight-forward way.  

2) There doesn't appear to be a way to do it using the custom user interface xml that is stored within the docx file.

3) The recent documents also don't appear to be able to be removed or disabled from the xml embedded in the docx file.

4) A work around (although a dangerous one) is available for instances of word that are embedded in applications.  You can simply save the recent documents, set the max number of recent documents to zero (effectively removing them), and then restoring recent documents when you are done using the instance of word.  This works well, but is not entirely save because if an application is terminated early it may lead to losing the users recent document list, and to leaving it set to not saving the recent documents)
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by:esps
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Can you please post an example of how the XML is implimented?

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by:PaperlessEnvironments
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For recent files try calling

_WordInstance.DisplayRecentFiles = False

where _WordInstance is of type Word.Application

I'm not sure if it removes all functionality but it takes them off the office button so users can't just click on them.
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