disable Word 2003 Drawing Canvas with Group Policy

Posted on 2009-02-09
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I work in a school.

I have been asked to change a setting for Word.
Tools/Options/General tab - to un-tick "Automatically create drawing canvas
when inserting AutoShapes"
I need to do it for all student users on any computer they login to.
Can someone explain how to do this either in Group Policy or by giving me the path to the relevantt registry key?
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I believe this is possible, but I haven't done so.  A bit more research/testing should get you there.  You will need to download the 2007 Office system Administrative Template files...


In the ADM\en-us directory, I found the word12.adm.   Editing it in notepad, I found

POLICY !!L_AutomaticallycreatedrawingcanvaswheninsertingAutoShapes
            VALUENAME fAutoCreateCanvas_1882_1
            VALUEON NUMERIC 1
            VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
      EXPLAIN !!L_ChecksUnchecksthecorrespondingUIoption

Seems doable!
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Also, here are the common registry keys to search through...


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So I dropped the word12.adm  template into my windows\inf folder, and using gpedit.msc, I added the template to the Administrative temps.  

Aftewards, under the USER CONFIGURATION, I opened the new MS OFFICE WORD 2007 policies, and sure enough, there is a setting for "Automatically create drawing canvas... "

I think with this, you are there!
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thanks for that - looks promising
I assume I install the ork.exe file on the domain server? And then the SP3 update over the top of that? (this is Office 2003 were' talking about, not 2007).
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Ah yes, 2003.  From what I gather, you should go to the below link and extract/copy the SP3 ADM files on the server as instructed in the article.  Then, i would create a new policy and push it out to the desired PCs


After you install this download:

Copy the ADM files to your {WinSys}\INF folder; for example, C:\Windows\INF. Then use the Add/Remove Templates command (Action menu) in the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in to add the Office 2003 SP3 templates that you want to use.
Copy the OPA files to your \Program Files\ORKTools\ORK11\Tools\SHARED folder.
Use the Office 2003 programs as you typically would.

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Thanks I'll try this out and see what happens
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Any luck?


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Thanks for the suggestions - we have a 'managed AD' here so it took a bit of trial and error to integrate the MS ADM file with the 'managed' one, but I got there in the end - a good learning experience!

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