Hide and unhide the shortcut link for Outlook (Office 365)

Simon336697 used Ask the Experts™
I hope you are well and can assist.

We are deploying Office 365 Pro Plus and want to hide the Outlook shortcut that appears when you click on Start > Programs menu.

Basically, hide the following.

D:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office 2013\Outlook 2013.lnk

We then want to enable it at some later stage.

Guys, what do you suggest, would be the best approach, and is it possible to do this via GPO, registry, etc?

Any help greatly appreciated.

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I'm assuming this is the C2R version? If so, I dont think there is an option to configure this during install, at least I'm not seeing any setting in the config.xml file that can do so (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179195.aspx). So removing the shortcuts *after* installation seems to be your only option. But maybe other experts have a better way to do this.

For the MSI version, you can use the OCT: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179097.aspx


Hi Vasil,
Thanks so much mate for your response.

We want to be able to:

1.Hide the Outlook shortcut immediately post install, so that users don't inadvertently click on it (we are moving from notes to outlook)
2.Then, at a later point in time, make the shortcut available.
Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal Consultant

I have a 'dirty' way but it works!

Create a BAT file with this line:
move /y "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office 2013\*Outlook 2013*" "C:\test"

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Save that BAT file

Now, if you run that BAT file it wont work because you need to give admin confirmation for the move to take place (thanks M$!!). So, create a shortcut to it that BAT file, then right click on shortcut ->Properties->Shortcut tab -> Advanced and click Run as administrator. Execute it from the shortcut. That will then move the link from the Start Menu into the C:\Test folder

To move the link back (when you are ready for your users to use it) just swap the locations in the BAT file and run it.

Hope that helps


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