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Hide specific items in the File Open/Save Dialog Box in Office 2010 using Group Policy or registry edits

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I'm trying to hide (or remove) several items displayed in the File Open/Save Dialog Box in all of the Office 2010 applications. Ideally I'd like to hide/remove the following items for a cleaner look:

* My Recent Documents
* Desktop
* My Network Places

The only items I want to keep are the "My Documents" and "My Computer" items in the File Open/Save Dialog box in all  Office 2010 applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc.) I've read many online articles and messageboards that can achieve this by using Group Policy and/or registry edits for Office 2000, Office 2003 and Office 2007.

Many of the solutions I've found pertain to Office 2007 (since there are not many articles I've been able to find for Office 2010) have not worked. Has anyone been able to successfully achieve what I"m trying to do?     Office 2010 File Open/Save Dialog Box
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This definitely steers me back in the right direction. At the beginning of this project I was looking at this policy setting in the Office 2010 AMD template in Group Policy. After reading several articles I ignored this policy setting and thought modifying the registry to simply hide the "My Recent Documents", "Desktop" and "My Network Places" items in the File Open/Save Dialog Box would be easier. Apparently in prior versions of Office modifying the registry was easy until I realized certain registry keys for these modificiations were not available for Office 2010 on the Terminal Server.

It appears that this will probably work however the only thing is that I will need to find out what the location values are for "My Documents" and "My Computer" to be entered into the "List of Approved Locations" after enabling "Activated Restricted Browsing". I will let you know how it goes after testing the "Activate Restricted Browsing" setting.

Would anyone know what the location values are for "My Documents" and "My Computer" to be entered into the "List of Approved Locations"?

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You mentioned Terminal Server... are these domain accounts or local accounts?  Domain accounts could vary depending on your settings, but would typically be based off of a /home share.  Since you mentioned the "My Documents" I'm assuming you are using a pre-2008/Vista system, so you could try "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\My Documents".  

As far as "My Computer", do you really want to give your terminal server users access to that?  Usually you would want to only allow access to specific shared resources.

A good starting point for Terminal Server restrictions for 2003 can be found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7f272fff-9a6e-40c7-b64e-7920e6ae6a0d&DisplayLang=en
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