how to block flash games in Excel or powerpoint files through gpo?

block flash games in Excel or powerpoint files through gpo
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vipul_12Author Commented:
hi i am searching for this
can any body help me out
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johnb6767Commented:
Was intrigued so I started researching a few things, and only found a helpful method to detect/delete, instead of block.....

Excel & Flash Games
http://www.edugeek.net/forums/windows/7465-excel-flash-games.html

Strings.exe script at the end......

I am going to Request Attention on your behalf and request this be added to the Excel Zones, as I think that's where you are going to find your answer......

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sparabCommented:
The really bothering thing is word and excel files so is there any way to disable macros from AD or remotely for all users.

Yes, it is possible to force macro security settings for all users through group policies, though there are some issues in getting this to work right with Office 2007.  If your organisation uses GPOs, it can be included in the policy settings

I'd just point out that disabling macros purely to stop employees from playing some games (most of the embedded games I have seen are Flash based and require no macros anyway) seems like a fairly daft thing to do to me. You're removing large amopunts of productive functionality for no good reason.

Why don't you just have a policy in place that says they can be disciplined for playing games at work

I would have thought disabling Flash alone would do it. I've never worked at a company that could survive without Excel so I'm not sure I'd recommend that!

Even easier would be a formal company policy on games playing at work?

This seems to be a growing problem for system and network admins.  Usually affects school computers more.  Some people have found a crude way of disabling it; have a look here: http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=1277746&page=1 
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