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A user recently asked on the German Microsoft Office 2010 Forum the question whether and how the button “Publish as a blog post” can be turned off in Word 2010. This cannot be done in the Word 2010 options dialogue, but there is an option in the administrative templates for Word 2010.

Word 2010

Firstly, we may download the administrative template from a Microsoft server; a link is provided at the end of this article. The setup of the templates can be done as described in my previous article “The administrative Templates for Office 2010 and Office 2007”.

Then, the group policy editor should be opened, for example in Windows 7 by typing “gpedit.msc” in the search field and pressing the enter key. And, if you are using the classic templates, please navigate to the tree entry:

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Microsoft has recently released the “Group Policy for Microsoft Office 2010” E-Book. The book is available for download as a Word, PDF or XPS document. The target groups are primarily IT professionals, consultants and administrators. The book is explaining on 259 pages the meaning and use of group policies and gives tips on planning and configurating Office 2010 deployements. Links to additional information are also provided.

The chapters in the book include an overview of Group Policy and Office 2010, plans for accessibility and security by using Group Policy, plans for Outlook 2010 and SharePoint deployements and of course information how to customize Office 2010 and its components by using Group Policy. The last chapter contains a technical reference about the used tools and administration templates.


Microsoft offers for several Office versions the administrative tempates, which especially allows system administrators to maintain and configure various settings and options for Microsoft Office in a very convenient way. The templates are can be downloaded for free at the Microsoft Download Center.

So, everyone can use them, for example at home or in the small office. However, if you use them, please do this very carefully. Most settings are explained in the templates and also accessible using the Office interface. However, some of them are only accessible (excepted some uncomfortable registry hacks) via the administrative templates and you should know what you are doing before changing these values. Added on 23/04/2010: at the time, I wrote this article, Office 2010 was still beta. So it is possible that some statements in this article may not apply to the final version of Office 2010.

In this article, I will explain how to use the administrative templates on a local computer and show some sample settings for Office 2007 and Office 2010. If I got some spare time, I will report about more settings for the Office applications in further posts. First, we have to download the adminstrative templates for each Office version and install them. This can be done by just executing the downloaded file, which unpacks the templates to a folder you can choose. The following image shows a screenshot for the folder structure after unpacking the files:

Administrative Templates

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