New Group Policies introduced with the April 2014 update of Office 2013 Click-to-Run

Background: The SP1 for Office 2013 Click-to-Run introduced some new update capabilities to the product.  In order to manage these new features, four new Group Policy settings were introduced with the April 2014 update for Office 2013 Click-to-Run   Requirements: In order for these four new policy settings to work, you will need to have at…

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How to manage the Start screen for all Microsoft Office 2013 applications

Overview Unlike earlier versions of Microsoft Office, the Microsoft Office 2013 applications, when started, show a Start screen similar to the following, rather than opening the default blank template:   More Information You can use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) or the Group Policy Management Editor to manage this Start screen.   Office Customization Tool (OCT): Note:…

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How to manage the First Run screens that appear when Microsoft Office 2013 applications are first launched

Overview Microsoft Office 2013 shows the following screens when an application is launched for the first time: More Information Both the Office Customization Tool (OCT) and Group Policy Management Editor provide a way to disable these First Run screens Office Customization Tool (OCT) Note: The OCT can only be used with Windows Installer based source files…

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How to manage the Opt-in or First things first prompt when Microsoft Office 2013 applications are first launched

Overview Like the Office 2010 Welcome screen, Office 2013 shows the following First things first prompt, when a user launches an application for the first time: More Information Administrators can manage this prompt either via the Office Customization Tool or via Group Policy as follows: Office Customization Tool (OCT): Note: The OCT can only be used with…

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Office 2010 Service Pack 1 and version 2 of the Office 2010 policy templates/OCT files now available for download

The 32 and 64-bit versions of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2010 are now available! Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2460049) 32-bit Editionhttp://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26622 Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2460049) 64-bit Editionhttp://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26617 See the following Knowledge Base articles for an overview of Service Pack 1 improvements and technical details: KB2460049 Description…