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Restricting the options tab in MS Word 2010

Posted on 2012-03-15
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I work in a school and would like to restrict students from being able to access the 'options' button on the file menu. Is it possible by using a macro - or something similar - to set a password to restrict access to this? The computers are running XP and W7 and in a workgroup non domain environment.

Please see attached PDF for details.
Options-tab.pdf
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jcimarron, thank you  for your suggestions, but by saying "These references will help you block editing of Word documents" misses the point of my question. I know that individual Word documents can be protected via a password, but I want to be able to stop students from hitting 'File', 'Options' and then altering the global Word settings eg default save path.
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mistakay--i did understand what you wanted, but I am not aware there is a way to do it.
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Would anyone else be able to offer a solution?
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I have, by searching the Internet, found an answer to my question.

By clicking on the link below I was able to download the Group Policy Administrative Template (ADM, ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OPAX/OPAL) files for Microsoft Office 2010. By using gpedit.msc the required files/folders were then imported locally and I was able to find a policy that disabled the options setting.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=18968

Problem solved!
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mistakay--Thanks for telling us the fix.
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It took me a lot of searching on the Internet to seek out the answer to the qurstion and when I eventually found the answer, the solution worked really well.
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