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Removing “Send to Onenote” features from Internet Explorer

Here’s a nice bug for you, when you install Onenote as part of the office 2010 professional installation, it adds two icons to internet explorer. These icons allow you to send and interact with OneNote from Internet explorer.

These icons may not be wanted for a number of reasons, due to user preference, lockdown in a shared desktop environment, etc..

If we wanted to remove them, we could choose not to install them as part of the office installation, Microsoft in their wisdom gave us the ability to disable this component from being installed with the following two options when installing the application:


So where’s the bug?

So at this stage you’d seal your installation package, and roll it out to the test environments riding on your sense of accomplishment right? Wrong.

The above components dont work, by that I mean, you can certainly uncheck them from the installation, but the buttons will still show up like rebellious teenagers.

So how do you remove them?

Seek out the following keys, and delete them:

Send to OneNote

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerExtensions{2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49}

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerExtensions{2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49}

Onenote Linked Notes

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerExtensions{789FE86F-6FC4-46A1-9849-EDE0DB0C95CA}

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerExtensions{789FE86F-6FC4-46A1-9849-EDE0DB0C95CA}

But what if I want to display them to some users ?

  1. export, the above keys to .reg files
  2. delete the registry keys
  3. modify each reg file, changing HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  4. Import the registry files for the users who need it.

how do i create custom .adm / group policy files?

 

Update: With thanks to some great help and troubleshooting from Steven we have resolved the line 46 “Categor” error. In order for the adm to parse the ending y in this file an additional two blank lines or “carriage returns” are necessary at the base of the adm file. The download file has been updated, Thanks again Steven.

A .adm file, is a group policy file that specifies policies outside of Microsoft’s default options. Basically they are policies you can put in place that Microsoft in their infinite wisdom forgot to put in before launch.

I had a situation recently where we have external users coming into our network, and using our CAG’s to access the the citrix environment. Once in there they needed access to an internal webpage that we published with internet explorer. The problem therein lied that these users could browse the local lan for resources with the address bar and many other wonderful utilities Microsoft put into internet explorer but failed to lock down efficiently.

All i really cared about (and for the interest of this post) was locking down the address bar in Internet Explorer 6.1. Nowhere could i find an option to do this, and i was getting nowhere fast. Searching internet explorer did bring back a few “helpful” articles on technet that i just couldnt understand, and i did find a piece of software that used to do it for free, until microsoft bought the company, stole its code for server 2008 and stopped people using or downloading the application. nice one microsoft…

I have attached the policy settings and ADM files for reference on how to lock down internet explorer 6 completely, hopefully i will save somebody else 7 hours of their time.

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