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Limit available "Save as type" option in Windows "Browse" menu

Posted on 2014-04-03
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Hello Experts:

In a previous post, I requested assistance with modifying VBA code for a .DOT template.   The URL for that post is:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Office_Suites/MS_Office/Word/Q_28402631.html#a39974984

Expert DrTribos provided an excellent solution which allowed bring up the Windows default "Browse" dialog box so that user can specify the file location and file name.

As part of a follow-up question though, I now need to determine the available menu options (for "Save as type:") can be limited.    That is, given the organization's environment (i.e., military), users are NOT allowed to store macros or macro-enabled document on their network.

So, here is my question:   Can the Windows Browse dialogue box be tweaked so that the
2nd option (see below) is NOT part of the options?

Word Document
Word Macro-Enabled Document
Word 97-2003 Document
...

Thank you,
EEH
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I don't think so.
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Off the back of your last Q. I've done a bunch of searching and don't think it is possible... even if you could do it I'm guessing it would involve either:

Registry hack, or
VBA

Reg had would only work on the target PC
VBA would only be effective if macros were enabled

Either way, there's not much out there to suggest it is possible.
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You can use group policy to disable unsigned macros, this will not prevent them to save in the formats you want to block but at least it will prevent unsigned macros from loading, so any macro you are currently using needs to be signed first.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg490630(v=office.14).aspx

If they are allowed to save only to file server and file server is windows based you can use file server resource manager to block certain extensions.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2008/08/20/the-basics-of-windows-server-2008-fsrm-file-server-resource-manager.aspx

To achieve exactly what you want to do, you need custom VBA (intercepting save event) as suggested by DrTribos.
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by:DrTribos
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And... re-reading you question... we can rule out the VBA path due to violation of the main point of the question...

You can try to set a global policy to lockdown word so that macros do not run.  BUT I work as a technical writing trainer and half the places I visit have macros disabled for whatever reason and I always manage to enable them for the duration of the training ;-)

A Com addin might be the best bet... it is not a macro, can be written in C#.Net or VB.Net and could intercept the save as...
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However, it might be easy for a user to disable a com addin... so that pretty much means we have to focus on Registry???
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by:ExpExchHelp
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All -- thank you for your valuable feedback.    I'll discuss this topic w/ the team.  

Just to clarify... simply because a Word document was saved as a "Macro-enabled" document doesn't mean it's macro (or contains or macro code).

Can you validate the above statement?

Thx,
EEH
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That is a true statement.  Macro enabled does not mean there is a macro inside.
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