Office 2013, Remove unwanted SharePoint Online / SkyDrive "Save As" backstage items


It is possible to get into a situation where users could be synced with Office 365 but not have access to SharePoint Online or SkyDrive Pro services.  When this happens the Office Save As screen (aka Backstage) shows these Office 365 connections to users even though they can not use them.

Also in the contact card a link called "SharePoint" is shown that points to the users MySite that they possibly do not even have.

There are some group policies that control the Backstage area, but they are mostly all or nothing, removing all SharePoint referencing not just the Office 365 ones.

The workaround below should remove the O365 SharePoint on line content from the Office Save As screen and the "SharePoint" link in the contact card.





Current Status: 

This is a known issue, it could be addressed in a future version of Microsoft Office.


Comments (10)
  1. Thomas Jaeger says:

    We are currently planing the migration to Office 365 and have exactly the described problem. Our company policy prevents us from saving anything to Cloud Services so our Users don’t have a SharePoint Online license assigned. At the moment we couldn’t find
    any possibility to disable the SharePoint links in Backstage. Is there any further information on when this will be fixed? Best regards, Thomas

  2. Ed says:

    Is this what you’re after? It will hide all online save options from Office 2013.

  3. joan says:

    It hides *all* online save options. This is such an awful nuisance.

  4. Me says:

    The suggested "workaround" in the link will also stop the application from updating… Weak sauce MS

  5. maruthi says:

    Does this issue still exists… Do we have a solution.

  6. Frederik says:

    Issue still exists, it works when you want NO online option at all. But not when you just want to shut one of the online options.

  7. SupportS2L says:

    I’m looking for a solution for Office installed on our users private computers, where we can’t play with registry. Isn’t there a way to disable or hide the default team web site and one drive/my site for all users directly from the Office 365 admin portal?!
    That seems leg it…

  8. Asger Schøldberg says:

    To prevent all online option also prevents the user to activate the license in o365.

    If someone found a clever way of hiding save to sharepoint and onedrive, but still allowing the user to activate the license, then it will be very appreciated.
    I wonder if it will be diff

  9. Matthew Souza says:

    This method can be used on all systems running Office 2013 which should make it the preferred method in most cases. Here is what you need to do:

    Tap on the Windows-r keys on your keyboard. This opens the run box.
    Type regedit in it and hit enter. This opens the Windows Registry Editor.
    Use the key structure on the left to navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice15.0CommonSignIn
    If SignIn does not exist, right-click on Common and select New > Key, and name it SignIn.
    Right-click on SignIn afterwards and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value from the context menu.
    Name the entry SignInOptions.
    Double-click it afterwards and set its value to 3. This turns off the cloud features.
    To enable the cloud features at a later point in time delete the SignInOptions key again.

    Using the Group Policy Editor instead

    The Group Policy Editor is only available in professional versions of Windows which means that you cannot make use of this method if you run a Home or Basic version of Windows.

    A second requirement is that you need to download and install the Office 2013 Administrative Template files.

    Hit the Windows-r keys again to open the run box on the system.
    Type gpedit.msc and hit enter. This opens the Group Policy Editor.
    Navigate to the following tree: Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Office 2013 > Miscellaneous.
    Locate "Block signing into Office" in the list and double-click the entry.
    Select Enable from the window that opens up and "none allowed" to disallow the sign-in.
    To revert the change, change the policy to not configured.

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