Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Outlook 2007 - Annoyances (RSS, Online Help, Search)

When running Outlook 2007 for the first time, you get those annoying 3 questions.
Download the “2007 Office system (SP2) Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML)” (currently for SP2) and add it to your policies. Then:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2007 system\Privacy\Trust Center\
- enable the "Disable Opt-in Wizard on first run".

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office Outlook 2007\Tools | Options\Preferences\Search Options\
- enable the "Prevent installation prompts when Windows Desktop Search ..."

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office Outlook 2007\Tools |Account Settings\RSS Feeds
- disable the "Default RSS Feeds"
- disable the "Synchronize Outlook RSS Feeds with Common Feed List"

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Office 2007 Quick Access Toolbar and roaming profiles

Office 2007 features a new toolbar in all applications, called the Quick Access Toolbar.
A user may add or remove their own buttons.

By default, the .qat files containing the user’s settings are saved in the following location in Windows XP or Windows Server 2003:
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office

And for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 in:

Here’s how to make sure this bar roams with the user:

Locate and then click to select the following registry subkey:
If you use policies, select the following registry subkey:

New DWORD value called “QuickAccessToolbarRoaming” with value “1”


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Microsoft’s article on this:

Office 2007 customizing (VLK)

If you want to customize your Office 2007 setup, here’s how:

setup.exe /admin

Then go through all steps in the customization wizard.
Be sure to have “completion notice” turned on and “suppress modals” turned off (this is to get to see errors, if any exist). Once you’re done with testing, go through the customization again to modify the MSP to disable completion notice and enable suppress modals. For completely silent install, you MUST set the DisplayLevel to “none”.
Save the resulting patch file in the same folder as o2k7 setup files.
Now just execute this command for silent install:

setup.exe /adminfile CUSTOM.MSP


If you have Office 2007 Enterprise VLK, you could even drop the CUSTOM.MSP file in the “Updates” folder and setup will pick it up automatically (without any switches being used). For this, ensure you have WindowsInstaller 3.1 already installed. You can add in further MSP files (e.g. extracted from SP2 update EXE) as well, to have updates applied during install.