I need to make to changes to MS Word 2003. Once in Word if you go to: Tools\Options you get an applet that pops up. I need to Uncheck on box and then pick another setting from a "drop down window" from within the Tools\Options. My problem is this: The Office Resource Kit utility does not have the settings I need to manipulate and I can't use the Profile Wizard since I can't overwrite what users already have set on their machines. I have done Setup Captures (before....make changes.....after) but they don't give me anything I can use.

How would you manipulate the Tools\Options settings from a command line or via a script? Does anyone have some code for doing this?
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Take a look at the "Office 2003 UI Options.xls" spreadsheet that comes with the 'Office 2003 Service Pack 3 Administrative Template (ADM), OPAs, and Explain Text Update'

This spreadsheet will show you all of the user interface setting that can be changed for Office 2003. If it's not in the spreadsheet, then most likely it cannot be changed.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=BA8BC720-EDC2-479B-B115-5ABB70B3F490&displaylang=en

Answered 07/10/2009 by: michaelnowell
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That is pretty slick....thanks. A few things.

1. Once you have your .OPA file, how do you call/apply it to Office 2003 (when Office 2003 is alredy installed)?
2. I did find a link that showed me how to create a Macro that will allow you to 'toggle' between checking and un-checking a box within Tools\Options. The issue is it only works from within the Macro in Word. Do you know of any VBScript that will allow you to manipulate the Tools\Open check boxes?

Thank you.
Answered 07/10/2009 by: mhsl808
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1. I don't know about the OPA file, never used one myself.
2. The "Office 2003 UI Options.xls" spreadsheet will show you each of the registry settings that are able to be changed. You can simply edit these registry keys on the target computers using whichever method you're comfortable with. E.g. VBScript, Batch file, wisescript etc.....

You can also use Group Policy to change these settings, but that would force the change for everyone.
Answered 07/10/2009 by: michaelnowell
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OK, I have solved one of my Word settings but my second setting does not have a reg setting nor can it be set using the ORK.exe. The only way I can do this setting is via a Macro. So I created my macro and I exported the .BAS file.

Question: How do you make a .BAS file run each time Word 2003 starts? I have put this file in my Word STARTUP folder but it does not run when I start Word 2003.
I have also put the file here C:\Documents and Settings\%user%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates and this does not work either.
Answered 07/13/2009 by: mhsl808
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Typically, if you want a macro to run every time Word launches, then you'll have to add it into a template and add that template into the startup folder.

This can either be in the normal.dot ( if it's not too customizated for you environment) or in separate template. I believe that the template should be an autoexec template, but I'm not 100% sure.
Answered 07/13/2009 by: michaelnowell
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I am unclear on how to add my .bas code to a template file. I have created a new AutoExec.dot file but when I add my .bas code to this file and save it nothing executes when I start Word up.
Answered 07/13/2009 by: mhsl808
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Answered 07/13/2009 by: michaelnowell
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Yes, I have found that same link before.....but I don't want to manipulate the Normal.dot file. Many of our users have custom Normal.dot files and I can't overwrite what they have. So I need to run either my own template file or a .bas file each time Word starts.

I can't believe this is such a PITA either. You would think/hope Microsoft would have figured out how to make this simple.
Answered 07/13/2009 by: mhsl808
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I was able to solve this issue.
Answered 07/13/2009 by: mhsl808
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