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Is there a way to remove the "Send to Bluetooth" add-in from Microsoft Office through group policy or a script?

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Hi,

I am trying to figure out if there is a way to run a script or if we can push something through group policy to remove the "Send to Bluetooth" add-in on all of our Microsoft Office 2010 applications.  We have a custom template that the user's need to run for certain reports, but for some reason the "Send to Bluetooth" add-in breaks the template.  The specific model of the machine we are seeing this on is the HP Elite Book 840 G1.  We have figured out how t disable it through the registry, but that only un-checks the box for "Send to Bluetooth" addin but still leaves the button on the add-ins tab in office.  We want to completely remove this add in from office.
Is there a way to do this using a script or through group policy?

Thanks.
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by:Michael Pfister
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You can customize the entire menu in Office vie Group Policy, see Customizing Context Menus in Office 2010
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by:mflores1
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This is how we added the custom menus to the template.  The problem is that when we detach the template from a word document by assigning it to the normal template, the customizations remain and give error because the VBA macros in the template are no longer available.
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by:Michael Pfister
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First find the btsendto_office.dll:  in Word go to File -> Options -> Add-In and select the "Send to Bluetooth" add-in. Note the path from  "Location" at the lower part of the dialog.

Close  all office applications and unregister the add-in with:

regsvr32 /u "<your path>\btsendto_office.dll"

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 If you want re-register the add-in:

 
regsvr32 "<your path>\btsendto_office.dll"

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HTH
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by:mflores1
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I tried this but I get an error saying "The module c:\Program failed to load".  My boss had already tried this though and he said all it does is disable the button.   It doesn't remove the button from the ribbon.
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by:Michael Pfister
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You have to enclose the path to the dll in quotes "
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by:Michael Pfister
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Try changing the registry mentioned in this knowledge base article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2803733
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I tried both.  I was able to get the regsvr32 to work and it un-registers it, but the button is still on the ribbon.  We want to remove it if possible.  I tried the registry edit, but it doesn't do it either.
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Michael Pfister earned 2000 total points
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No other ideas. I'd still try to remove it via Office policy:

http://www.verboon.info/2011/08/how-to-disable-office-ribbon-items-using-group-policy/
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I will try to run through the group policy stuff and see how this works.
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