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disable Hyperlink/URL clicking in all outlook 2003 e-mail?

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How do you disable clicking hyperlinks/URLs in outlook e-mail? We have our e-mail setup to be plain text and word as the editor. It used to be setup on our network that no one could click on the hyperlinks, the user would have to copy and paste it into internet explorer address bar. But now for some reason we have people that can click on links and some that still can't. I have searched everywhere to find a GPO setting that would disable it. I have the Outlook11.adm added to our group policies and I cannot find anything to disable the URL click. Also the only setting I could find in outlook is in the Junk e-mail section. But I want to be able to disable all Hyperlink clicking in all e-mails? We are also running Windows XP SP3 as our OS.  
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You cant disable the feature universally, although disabling the feature in Word will also disable it in Outlook. Fortunately, the steps are the same in all the applications:
Choose AutoCorrect Options from the Tools menu.
Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab and uncheck the Internet And Network Paths With Hyperlinks option.
Click OK.

Now, the downside to disabling the feature is remembering later how to create a hyperlink when you really need one. Select the address and choose Hyperlink from the Insert menu (or press Ctrl+K).
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by:jackiejoenorm
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But this doesn't disable clicking on hyperlinks in an e-mail received from another person. How do you disable the clicking and opening of the hyperlinks? I want the user to have to copy and paste it into the address bar in IE
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I found out that in order to prevent users from clicking hyperlinks in Outlook you must delete the registry key HKLM-Software-Classes-HTMLFile-Shell-Command

Delete the entire Command folder. this will give the user a message that "This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator." The only thing is that even if you delete this key, it will recreate itself, so you must enter it into a logon script or GPO in order to delete it every time a user logs in or everytime the GPO refresh interval occurs.
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