Managing Microsoft Office Applications with Group Policy

In organizations where Microsoft Office is commonplace on workstations, the ability to manage settings within the various office applications can come in handy. Luckily, Microsoft provides us with an easy way to do this.

  1. Visit the following website and download the Microsoft Office 2003 Resource Kit:
  2. Install the ORK.exe application. This will place the several template files in your C:\Windows\INF directory. These files are named OFFICE11, ACCESS11, EXCEL11, FP11, GAL11, INF11, ONENT11, OUTLK11, PPT11, PUB11, and WORD11 (all with an .ADM extensions).
  3. Open the Group Policy Management Console and create a new GPO. Go to “Computer Configuration” and right click “Administrative Template”.
  4. Click “Add/Remove Template” and using the “Add” button select all of the ADM files that we installed in step 2.
  5. Click “OK”
This will add sections for the various office applications under the administrative templates section. Using these administrative templates you can control literally hundreds of settings in Microsoft Office 2003.


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris’s specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris’ personal website at

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