How to add variable network share path for logonuser in registry?

Hi all,

I want to change the registry entry for OneNote from C:\Users\<user>\Documents\OneNote Notebooks to a network share. 

I set this up as following and pushed it out to a test machine via KACE SMA

Set HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\OneNote\Options\Save!Last Local Notebook Path to \\okanagan\homedirs\%USERNAME%\

The key pushes out and gets added to the registry just fine. However, when I try to save a OneNote file to that new path, it says it does not exist and asks if I want to create it. If I say yes, it does create that OneNote file in the new folder %Username%.

I also tried changing the variable to %LogonUser% without success.

I've been scavenging the internet for a solution on this but so far no luck.

I also came across this post which is a similar issue to mine but unfortunately not quite:


How do I get it to recognize that it should be picking up the current logged on user?  Any help would be appreciated!

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Posted by: chucksteel 1 year ago
Red Belt

You may need to change the value type to REG_EXPAND_SZ. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/sysinfo/registry-value-types 

I don't use OneNote so I can't verify if the default key is REG_SZ or REG_EXPAND_SZ.

  • Thanks Chucksteel. KACE does not seem to have that option 'Reg_expand_SZ'. Do you happen to know how I would deploy that script with the SMA? - tatami 1 year ago
    • Use the reg.exe command. - chucksteel 1 year ago
      • Unfortunately that doesn't work for REG_Expand_SZ Keys. It works for any other type though. I used this many times in the past.
        Even when running this locally, the batch completes but does not add the Key to the registry. - tatami 1 year ago
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