Office 2010 GPO settings cause the Options menu to gray out

One of the networks that I manage does not have connectivity to the Internet. It also has Microsoft Office 2010 installed on all of the clients. As such, we had set up GPOs to turn off any functionality that requires Internet access. We discovered that doing this caused the File tab | Options menu to dim as well.  After process of elimination, I found that if the following policy is set, it also causes the Options menu to dim as well:

User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Microsoft Office 2010 | Disable Items in User Interface | Disable commands under File tab | Help

Specifically, if this policy is enabled and Office Center is checked, then the Options menu is dimmed as well.  I posted this just in case someone else out there encounters this “feature.”



One Comment

  1. Owen
    Posted August 29, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    Aaarrrrrrgghhhhhhh…. Thanks for that, I’ve been trying to find “prevent access to options menu” or similar for about a week. Thanks for this gotcha!

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