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How to lock down the Outlook 2007 navigation bars with Group Policy?

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Hello:

I am trying to figure out a way to do a specific task in Group Policy.  I have group Policy Editor installed on a domain controller and I have the ADM's downloaded (see screen shot).

I am trying to find a way to lock the Navigation windows in Outlook 2007 to never be closed.  That way our users will not mistakenly close the navigation Windows.

I am also trying to find a way to prevent our users to mistakenly remove any toolbars, such as the 'standard' toolbar, in outlook.  

Trying to find these settings is like trying to find a needle in a hey stack and I am just not having any success thus far.  Can anyone point me in the right direction.

If anyone woudl like any more background on this situation please look at http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_26574979.html .  I have done all that this ticket has suggested.
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by:BigBadWolf_000
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what exactly do you mean by "navigation windows"
The navigation pane  on left and the To-Do Bar on right...am i correct?
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by:BigBadWolf_000
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This link should cover most GPO info....
http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/management-administration/managing-outlook-2007-through-group-policies-part1.html

However it would be easier to educate your users on how to Show-Hide-Remove both navigation windows, by simply pressing....
Alt+F1 for the navigation pane
Alt+F2 for the to-do bar

For the toolbar...if no GPO then try setting the outcmd.dat file to readonly
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by:Pkafkas
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Yes the navigation pane (left hand side).
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by:BigBadWolf_000
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see my post ID: 34130832 above...
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by:Pkafkas
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Hello:  

The link to http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/management-administration/managing-outlook-2007-through-group-policies-part1.html?printversion

Shows me how to setup the adm files on the Domian Controller.  I have that already setup.  

I am specifically looking for where to make changes within the group policy to actually lock the Navigation Pane.  Where to make the changes in the screen shot that I placed above (in the question).
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by:Pkafkas
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If there is not way perhaps the best thing to do is to suggest users to press

Alt+F1 for the navigation pane
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No other GPO method that I can find....Alt+F1 is the best bet for now
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by:Pkafkas
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This gave me an answer that the specific item cannot be found.  That is just as good.
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