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Outlook Task Bar

By Rabbit_Runner ·
Is there a way to LOCK the Outlook Task Bar? We have a user who often clicks on buttons and drags the bar to crazy locations. We need to find a
setting where the task bar can be locked in place by the IT team.

The solution will need to work with Outlook 2000, XP, and 2003


Michael R.

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by ReWrite In reply to Outlook Task Bar

I don't believe there are any settings or reg hacks to do this. The only way I've heard of is to set the outcmd.dat file to readonly. It will be located in located in %userprofile%\application data\microsoft\outlook. The user will still be able to move the various toolbars around but they will always be back to the original configuration when Outlook is started again.



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by Rabbit_Runner In reply to

Thanks for your help.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Outlook Task Bar

You can lock the settings in Office 2003 applications with the Office GPO's. The specific GPO for Outlook 2003 is Outlk11.adm

For example, all user-specific policy settings are stored in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\11.0 subkey, which mirrors most of the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0 subkey. Computer-specific policies are stored in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\11.0 subkey. By default, both Policy subkeys are locked, making them inaccessible to users.

Information is available here for the Office 2003 GPOs:

With Office 2000, you will need to use the System Policy Editor. The specific template for Outlook 2000 is Outlk9.adm. Information on those templates can be found here:

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by Rabbit_Runner In reply to

Not the answer I was looking for. However, it did indicate that there may not be a true solution. Thanks for your help.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Outlook Task Bar

What's up doc?
BFilm is da Man.
I sense the beginning of dark forces from your area. You strive to make the User Happy and yet the User does not Become Happy. I advise Strong countermeasures immediately or i Fear what might happen...
First, you must create a Shrine to this User. Then you must Take the User an Offering. Finally, you must get Picture of Happy User Consuming Offering, for the Shrine. only then can you relax.
until you can score The Picture, you can get some protection for now if you can get a User cast off item: a thrown out post-it and a aol install disk would be good. if you can score any notes written by User about The Problem, this would be potent Shrine material...
Then, find out what The User likes (your Offering) and take it personally. Smile, radiate Happiness and place Offering (hershey bar, donut, coffee. peanuts.) Introduce yourself and Thank the User for asking the IT Team about this Software Issue. Look at desk while asking after User Health and the weather. if User not busy, ask about pictures on desk or diplomas on wall. ask if they would like to see how toolbar moving works? Say the IT Team is Happy to be On It and perhaps meanwhile we might Observe The Difficulty? Apologize for the difficulty. Make it genuine, remember you want The User to Eat or Drink and sit for Happty Picture otherwise I can't be responsible for what might happen
If User has Time, ask if you might possibly Observe User Using Software to get mail to check appts to make to do lists. Any other things giving Problems? pause to make notes on Large Pad (take to Shrine)
Your goal is to have the User to become Happy and Relaxed enough to Eat or Drink your Offering so you can have the wrapper The Shrine. That will Protect you until you are Permitted to Take the Happy Picture for The Shrine. Once you get that, you can relax a little. It is pretty strong charm, get you thru bad bad times....

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by Rabbit_Runner In reply to

You are speaking from a pool of ignorance. Please keep your unwanted comments to yourself in the future.

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