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  Asked By: Mackenzie    Date: Nov 15    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 13995

I'm looking for a way to disable the shared workspace task pane that
pops up on the righthand side of whatever Microsoft document you open
from SharePoint. The chief concern is that it contains a list of all
the users of the site that's storing the document, and this is
definitely NOT something we want available to our users.

I know it's possible to hide this pane from your local installation of
Word, but going to every user's computer to do so is not an option. Is
there a way to globally disable this pane for all users of this site,
or even disable it for everyone on all our SharePoint sites?

This has turned out to be a huge issue for one of our clients, so any
help would be much appreciated!



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Tory Sellers     Answered On: Nov 15

I do not have the Office templates for Active Directory Group Policies with me
this week.
However, this can probably be achieved with group policies.
It seems a shame to lose all the functionality of the task  pane just to remove
the display of users.
Check the Office Resource kit to see if that is part of the available templates
or if you would have to write you own template.
Also I would be interested in knowing the granualarity of the templates.

Answer #2    Answered By: Agustin Miranda     Answered On: Nov 15

I've been doing some reading on group
policies and I don't know if they would apply to our situation. From
what I understand, this solution would work well if all our users
were on our internal network. However, our users  are spread out
across the country. They do log on to one of our internal domains
upon entering SharePoint - but would that be enough to enforce a
group policy on them? It sounds as though their computer  itself
would have to be logged onto our network, and this is not the case.
Additionally, we would have no way of knowing what version of MS
Office they have installed (if any!).

I hope this is making sense. I may well be wrong in my assumptions
above - and in fact I hope I am, because this solution would be a
good one. Can someone please explain further?

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