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Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OCT) files for Office 2013

Updated: October 8, 2013

Summary: Provides information about Group Policy Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool (OCT) files for Office 2013.

Applies to:  Office 2013 | Office 365 ProPlus 

Audience: IT Professionals

Office 2013 includes Administrative Template files (ADMX, ADML) and the Office Customization Tool download package. IT professionals can learn more about the new templates in this article. The Group Policy settings apply to both Windows Installer-based (MSI) and Click-to-Run Office 2013 installations.

In this article:

New Group Policy and OCT settings for Office 2013

The tables in this section list the new Group Policy and OCT settings that are included in the download package for Office 2013 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool. The download includes an Excel spreadsheet (office2013grouppolicyandoctsettings_reference.xlsx) that describes all the Group Policy and OCT settings. This article focuses on new settings related to security, performance, Telemetry Dashboard, Outlook, OneNote synchronization, Office templates, and Add-in management.

The following table lists the Group Policy and OCT settings that control users’ access to apps for Office.

Apps for Office settings

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Block Apps for Office

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Security Settings\Trust Center\Trusted Catalogs

OCT location in Modify user settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Security Settings\Trust Center\Trusted Catalogs

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\WEF\trustedcatalogs!disableallcatalogs

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\WEF\trustedcatalogs!disableallcatalogs

Allows you to prevent users from using apps for Office. Other settings in Trusted Catalogs determine which specific app sources are allowed.

Block the Office Store

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Security Settings\Trust Center\Trusted Catalogs

OCT location in Modify user settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Security Settings\Trust Center\Trusted Catalogs

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\wef\trustedcatalogs!disableomexcatalogs

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\wef\trustedcatalogs!disableomexcatalogs

Allows you to prevent users from using or inserting apps that come from the Office Store, if the Block Apps for Office setting is not enabled.

Allow Unsecure Apps and Catalogs

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Security Settings\Trust Center\Trusted Catalogs

OCT location in Modify user settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Security Settings\Trust Center\Trusted Catalogs

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\wef\trustedcatalogs!requireserververification

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\wef\trustedcatalogs!requireserververification

Allows apps that have webpage or catalog locations that are not SSL-secured (https://), and are not in users' Intranet zones. You must also configure the Trusted App Catalog settings for users to be able to insert apps.


The following table lists the escrow key setting. Although there are a total of 20 settings available (Escrow Key #1 through Escrow Key #20), only 1 is listed because the information for each of the settings is the same. For each certificate that you want to use as an escrow key, you would use one of the Escrow Certificate #n policy settings. For example, if you want to specify 10 certificates, you would use the consecutive Escrow Key #1 through Escrow Key #10 settings.

Escrow Key setting

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Escrow Key #n

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Security Settings\Escrow Certificates

OCT location in Modify user settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Security Settings\Escrow Certificates

Group Policy registry location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\security\crypto\escrowcerts!

OCT registry location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\security\crypto\escrowcerts!

This policy setting allows you to specify a certificate to use as an escrow key for password protected files. If you enable this policy setting, the certificate you specify is used as an escrow key for all password protected files that are created on this machine. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, an escrow key is not configured.


The following table lists Group Policy settings for managed add-ins. The policy settings that are listed here are for add-ins that do not have a corresponding OCT setting.

Managed Add-ins settings

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

List of managed add-ins (Access)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Access 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\access\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

List of managed add-ins (Excel)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Excell 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\excel\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

List of managed add-ins (InfoPath)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft InfoPath 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\infopath\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

List of managed add-ins (OneNote)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft OneNote 2013\OneNote Options\Add-ins

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\onenote\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

List of managed add-ins (Outlook)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

List of managed add-ins (PowerPoint)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft PowerPoint 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\powerpoint\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

List of managed add-ins (Project)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Project 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\ms project\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

List of managed add-ins (Publisher)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Publisher 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\publisher\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

List of managed add-ins (Visio)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Visio 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\visio\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

List of managed add-ins (Word)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Word 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\word\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (Access)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Access 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\access\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (Excel)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Excel 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\excel\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (InfoPath)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft InfoPath 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\infopath\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (OneNote)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft OneNote 2013\OneNote Options\Add-ins

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\onenote\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (Outlook)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (PowerPoint)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft PowerPoint 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\powerpoint\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (Project)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Project 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\ms project\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (Publisher)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Publisher 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\publisher\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (Visio)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Visio 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\visio\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-ins policy setting.

Block all unmanaged add-ins (Word)

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Word 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\word\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the List of managed add-inspolicy setting.


The following table lists Group Policy and OCT settings for managing the Office Start screen.

Office Start settings

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Disable the Office Start screen for Access

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Access 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Access 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\access\settings!disableboottoofficestart

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\access\settings!disableboottoofficestart

Controls whether the Office Start screen appears on boot for Access.

note Note:

This policy setting is overridden by the Disable the Office Start screen for all Office applications policy setting if that policy setting is set.

Disable the Office Start screen for Excel

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Excel 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Excel 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\excel\options!disableboottoofficestart

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\excel\options!disableboottoofficestart

Controls whether the Office Start screen appears on boot for Excel.

note Note:

This policy setting is overridden by the Disable the Office Start screen for all Office applications policy setting if that policy setting is set.

Disable the Office Start screen for all Office applications

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\general!disableboottoofficestart

OCT registry path: HKCU\software\microsoft\office\15.0\common\general!disableboottoofficestart

Controls whether the Office Start screen appears on boot for all Office applications.

Disable the Office Start screen for PowerPoint

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft PowerPoint 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\powerpoint\options!disableboottoofficestart

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\powerpoint\options!disableboottoofficestart

Controls whether the Office Start screen appears on boot for PowerPoint.

note Note:

This policy setting is overridden by the Disable the Office Start screen for all Office applications policy setting if that policy setting is set.

Disable the Office Start screen for Project

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Project 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Project 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\ms project\options\general!disableboottoofficestart

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\ms project\options\general!disableboottoofficestart

Controls whether the Office Start screen appears on boot for Project.

note Note:

This policy setting is overridden by the Disable the Office Start screen for all Office applications policy setting if that policy setting is set.

Disable the Office Start screen for Publisher

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Publisher 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Publisher 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\publisher\preferences!disableboottoofficestart

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\publisher\preferences!disableboottoofficestart

Controls whether the Office Start scren appears on boot for Publisher.

note Note:

This policy setting is overridden by the Disable the Office Start screen for all Office applications policy setting if that policy setting is set.

Disable the Office Start screen for Visio

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Visio 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Visio 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\visio\application!disableboottoofficestart

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\visio\application!disableboottoofficestart

Controls whether the Office Start screen appears on boot for Visio.

note Note:

This policy setting is overridden by the Disable the Office Start screen for all Office applications policy setting if that policy setting is set.

Disable the Office Start screen for Word

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Word 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Word 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\word\options!disableboottoofficestart

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\word\options!disableboottoofficestart

Controls whether the Office Start screen appears on boot for Word.

note Note:

This policy setting is overridden by the Disable the Office Start screen for all Office applications policy setting if that policy setting is set.


The following table lists Group Policy and OCT settings for OneNote.

OneNote settings

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Embedded File Size Limit

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft OneNote 2013\OneNote Options\Other

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft OneNote 2013\OneNote Options\Other

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\onenote\general!insertedfilesdisallowembeddingsizethreshold

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\onenote\general!insertedfilesdisallowembeddingsizethreshold

Enables you to specify the maximum embedded file size that users can insert directly into a OneNote notebook on a SharePoint Server.

Notebook Presence

Group Policy: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft OneNote 2013\OneNote Options\Other

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft OneNote 2013\OneNote Options\Other

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\onenote\options!disablepresence

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\onenote\options!disablepresence

Enables or disables the Notebook Presence feature in OneNote, which broadcasts user presence in a notebook and enables real-time synchronization for users who are editing the same page.

note Note:

Changes to this policy do not take effect until OneNote is restarted.

Days all Version History items are "safe" from pruning

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft OneNote 2013\OneNote Options\Versions and Recycle Bin

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft OneNote 2013\OneNote Options\Versions and Recycle Bin

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\onenote\options\versions!DaysOfAllVersions

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \software\microsoft\office\15.0\onenote\options\versions!DaysOfAllVersions

Allows you to specify a period of time during which OneNote maintains comprehensive version history pages. After the time specified, OneNote maintains more basic version history pages, which uses less storage space.

note Note:

This is an Office 2010 setting that was updated for the current release.


The following table lists Group Policy and OCT settings for Outlook.

Outlook settings

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Disable shared mail folder caching

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Delegates

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Delegates

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftware\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\cached mode!cacheothersmail

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\cached mode!cacheothersmail

Allows you to control the caching of shared mail folders.

Disable Hybrid Searching

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Search Options

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Search Options

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\search!disablehybrid

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\search!disablehybrid

Controls whether searches in Cached Exchange Mode can also be run on the Exchange server.

Display Sender Picture

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\E-mail Options

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\E-mail Options

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\mail!showcontactpicture

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\mail!showcontactpicture

Controls whether Outlook displays pictures in email headers for senders of email messages and meeting requests.

Disable AutoPreview

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\E-mail Options\Advanced E-mail Options

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\E-mail Options\Advanced E-mail Options

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\preferences!disableautopreview

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\preferences!disableautopreview

Enabling this policy permanently disables the item preview. Users cannot turn it back on and the ribbon UI to change it is disabled.

Disable Mail Tips

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\E-mail Options

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\E-mail Options

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\mail!disablemailtips

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\mail!disablemailtips

Determines whether users can view Mail Tips.

Enable down-level meeting text

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!enablemeetingdownleveltext

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!enablemeetingdownleveltext

Controls whether Outlook automatically displays the meeting time and location in the meeting request body.

Weather Service URL

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!weatherserviceurl

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!weatherserviceurl

Allows you to configure the weather service URL for Outlook.

Weather Bar Update Frequency

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!weatherupdatefrequency

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!weatherupdatefrequency

Allows you to set the update frequency (in minutes) for the Weather Bar.

Disable Weather Bar

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!disableweather

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!disableweather

Allows you to turn on or turn off the Weather Bar.

Specify total number of days in a recurring meeting or appointment

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options\ Recurrent item configuration

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options\Recurrent item configuration

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!recurrencesdefault

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\calendar!recurrencesdefault

Allows you to specify the default number of days after which a recurring meeting or appointment (but not a task) ends.

Disable the "No end date" option for recurring items

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options\Recurrent item configuration

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Preferences\Calendar Options\Recurrent item configuration

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\preferences!disablerecurnoend

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\preferences!disablerecurnoend

Allows you to disable the "No end date" option for the recurrence range in appointments, meetings, and tasks.

Internet and network paths into hyperlinks

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\autoformat!pgrfafo_25_1

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\options\autoformat!pgrfafo_25_1

Specifies whether Outlook automatically turns text that represents Internet and network paths into hyperlinks.

Sort folders alphabetically

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Other

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Other

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\preferences!sortfoldersalphabetically

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\preferences!sortfoldersalphabetically

Controls whether users can rearrange their folders in Outlook.

Change the criteria that Outlook uses to archive different item types

Group Policy location Features\Modify User Settings: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Other\AutoArchive

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Other\AutoArchive

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\preferences!archiveignorelastmodifiedtime

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\preferences!archiveignorelastmodifiedtime

If this policy setting is enabled, Outlook ignores the last modified date and archives items based on a date that is specific for the item type, as follows:

  • Email message: The received date.

  • Calendar item: The actual date that an appointment, event, or meeting is scheduled for.

  • Task: The completion date. Tasks that are not marked as completed are not archived. Tasks that are assigned to other users are archived only if the status is completed.

  • Note: The last modified date and time.

  • Journal entry: The date when the journal entry is created.

  • Contact: Not archived.

Configure Simple MAPI sending prompt

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Security\Security Form Settings\Programmatic Security

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Security\Security Form Settings\Programmatic Security

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\security!promptsimplemapisend

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\security!promptsimplemapisend

Allows you to specify what occurs when a program attempts to send mail programmatically by using Simple MAPI.

Configure Simple MAPI name resolution prompt

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Security\Security Form Settings\Programmatic Security

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Security\Security Form Settings\Programmatic Security

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\security!promptsimplemapinameresolve

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\security!promptsimplemapinameresolve

Allows you to specify what occurs when a program attempts to gain access to an Address Book by using Simple MAPI.

Configure Simple MAPI message opening prompt

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Security\Security Form Settings\Programmatic Security

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Security\Security Form Settings\Programmatic Security

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\security!promptsimplemapiopenmessage

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\oftware\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\security!promptsimplemapiopenmessage

Allows you to specify what occurs when a program attempts to gain access to a recipient field, such as the “To” field by using Simple MAPI.

Use UserIssuerSerialNumber

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Security\Cryptography

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Security\Cryptography

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\security!useissuerserialnumber

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\security!useissuerserialnumber

Determines whether Outlook uses IssuerSerialNumber as the SignerIdentifier, which enables third-party email client software applications to read encrypted Outlook email messages.

Use the Online Global Address List for Nickname Resolution

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange\Cached Exchange Mode

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange\Cached Exchange Mode

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\cached mode!anr include online gal

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\cached mode!anr include online gal

Allows you to force Outlook to use the Online Global Address List for ambiguous name resolution when composing messages in Outlook, instead of using the Offline Address Book when it is available.

Cached Exchange Mode Sync Settings

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange\Cached Exchange Mode

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange\Cached Exchange Mode

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\cached mode!syncwindowsetting

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\cached mode!syncwindowsetting

Allows you to configure the amount (by date) of user email Outlook synchronizes locally using Cached Exchange Mode.

RPC Proxy Authentication Setting

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\rpc!proxyauthenticationservice

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\rpc!proxyauthenticationservice

Determines the RPC proxy authentication setting for Outlook Anywhere.

RPC Proxy Server Name

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\rpc!proxyservername

OCT registry path: software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\rpc!proxyservername

Determines the RPC proxy server that Outlook Anywhere uses when it connects to Exchange.

Only connect if Proxy Server certificate has this principal name

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook!rpcproxyserverprincipalname

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\rpc!proxyserverprincipalname

Specifies the required certificate principal name for the RPC proxy server for Outlook Anywhere.

RPC/HTTP Connection Flags

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings

: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\rpc!proxyserverflags

OCT registry path: software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\rpc!proxyserverflags

Configures connection options for Outlook Anywhere..

Disable connection fallback between protocols

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\rpc!disablerpctcpfallback

OCT registry path: software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\rpc!disablerpctcpfallback

Allows you to control the connection transport fallback behavior in Outlook when it attempts to connect to a Microsoft Exchange Server.

Do not create new OST file on upgrade

Group Policy location : User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\ost!donotcreatenewostonupgrade

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\ost!donotcreatenewostonupgrade

Controls whether Outlook creates a new OST file when you upgrade to Outlook 15. The new OST file uses less space on the disk. When a new OST file is created, the contents from the earlier version of Outlook are downloaded from the Exchange Server.

PST Null Data on Delete

Group Policy location in Features\Modify User Settings: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Miscellaneous\PST Settings

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\pst!pstnullfreeondelete

Allows you to force Outlook to fully nullify deleted data in users’ Personal Folder files (.pst) at the time that the data is deleted.

Block all unmanaged add-ins

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\resiliency!restricttolist

Blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the "List of managed add-ins" policy setting.

List of managed add-ins

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\resiliency!addinlist

Allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user.

Disable AutoDiscover

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

OCT location OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Account Settings\Exchange

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\autodiscover

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\autodiscover

Value names:

!excludelastknowngoodurl

!excludescplookup

!excludehttpsrootdomain

!excludehttpsautodiscoverdomain

!excludehttpredirect

!excludesrvrecord

Allows you to disable AutoDiscover. You can enable this policy setting and select one or more of the following:

  • Exclude the last known good URL   Outlook does not use the last known good AutoDiscover URL.

  • Exclude the SCP object lookup   Outlook does not perform Active Directory queries for Service Connection Point (SCP) objects that have AutoDiscover information.

  • Exclude the root domain query based on your primary SMTP address   Outlook does not use the root domain of your primary SMTP address to locate the AutoDiscover service. For example, if you select this option, Outlook does not use the following URL: https://<smtp-address-domain>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml.

  • Exclude the query for the AutoDiscover domain   Outlook does not use the Autodiscover domain to locate the Autodiscover service. For example, Outlook does not use the following URL: https://autodiscover.<smtp-address-domain>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml

  • Exclude the HTTP redirect method   Outlook does not use the HTTP redirect method in the event it cannot reach the AutoDiscover service via either of the HTTPS URLs: https://<smtp-address-domain>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml or https://autodiscover.<smtp-address-domain>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml.

  • Exclude the SRV record query in DNS   Outlook does not use an SRV record lookup in DNS to locate the AutoDiscover service.

Disable Reading Pane Compose

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Mail\Compose Messages

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Outlook 2013\Outlook Options\Mail\Compose Messages

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\message!disablereadingpanecompose

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\outlook\message!disablereadingpanecompose

Allows you to control whether user’s responses to emails are composed inline on the reading pane or in a new window.

For more information about Outlook 2013 settings, see Plan feature customizations in Outlook 2013.


The following table lists a Group Policy setting that specifies the label that is displayed when the Save to SharePoint form in the backstage view is used.

Save to SharePoint label setting

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Change label of Save to SharePoint

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates \Microsoft Office 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\sharepointintegration!productname

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\common\sharepointintegration!productname

Allows you to change all instances of the SharePoint label that is displayed in the Open and Save As places in all Office applications.


The following table lists the Group Policy and OCT setting that controls access to services that are used by online services.

Services for online Office 2013 features setting

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Service Level Options

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Tools | Options | General | Service Options…\Online Content

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Tools | Options | General | Service Options…\Online Content

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\internet!serviceleveloptions

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\common\internet!serviceleveloptions

Controls the types of services that the online features of Office 2013 can use.


The following table lists sign-in settings that apply to all Office 2013 applications.

Sign-in settings

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Block signing into Office

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\signin!signinoptions

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ software\microsoft\office\15.0\common\signin!signinoptions

Controls whether users can provide credentials to Office using either their Windows Live ID or the user ID assigned by your organization for accessing Office 365.

Use local user name and initials values regardless of signed-in user

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Privacy\Trust Center

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Privacy\Trust Center

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ software\policies\microsoft\office\common\userinfo!uselocal

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\common\userinfo!uselocal

Controls whether Office uses the user name and initials of the user currently signed-in, or the user name and initials that are specified in the Options dialog box.


The following table lists the Group Policy and OCT settings for subscription activation.

Subscription activation settings

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Automatically activate Office with federated organization credentials

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Subscription activation

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Subscription activation

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common!AutoOrgIDGetKey

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\common!AutoOrgIDGetKey

Activates Office on users' computers without prompting them to sign in to their Office 365 accounts.

Do not show "Manage Account" link for subscription licenses

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Subscription activation

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Subscription activation

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\licensing!hidemanageaccountlink

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\common\licensing!hidemanageaccountlin

Controls whether a Manage Account link is exposed in the Account tab of the File menu for subscription

The following table lists Group Policy and OCT settings for Telemetry Dashboard.

Telemetry Dashboard policy settings

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Turn on telemetry data collection

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!enablelogging

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!enablelogging

Enables runtime telemetry and static scanning. This allows the agent to collect telemetry data.

Turn on data uploading for the Office Telemetry Agent

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!enableupload

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!enableupload

Turns on the data uploading feature in the Telemetry Agent so that the agent can periodically upload telemetry data to the shared folder that is specified in CommonFileShare.

Specify the UNC path of store Office telemetry data

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!commonfileshare

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!commonfileshare

Specifies the UNC path of the shared folder for storing telemetry data.

Value:

\\server\share

Specify custom tags for Office telemetry data

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!

Value names are: tag1, tag2, tag3, and tag4.

Adds custom tags to the Office telemetry data that is sent by Telemetry Agent. If you enable this policy setting, the specified custom tags are shown in Telemetry Dashboard, where you can filter the collected data by the tag name. You can replace tag1, tag2, tag3, and tag4 value names with custom strings to categorize and filter the collected data. For example, replace tag1 with a department name, replace tag2 with the location of the users, and so on.

Turn on privacy settings in Office Telemetry Agent

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!enablefileobfuscation

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!enablefileobfuscation

Configures the Telemetry Agent to disguise, or obfuscate, certain file properties that are reported in telemetry data. If you enable this policy setting, the Telemetry Agent obfuscates the file name, file path, and title of Office documents before uploading telemetric data to the shared folder.

Office applications to exclude from Office Telemetry Agent reporting

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!preventedapplications

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \software\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!preventedapplications

Prevents telemetry data for specific Office applications from being reported to Telemetry Dashboard.

Office solutions to exclude from Office Telemetry Agent reporting

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

OCT location in Features\Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Telemetry Dashboard

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!preventedsolutiontypes

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\osm!preventedsolutiontypes

Prevents telemetry data for specific Office applications from being reported to Telemetry Dashboard.


The following table lists Group Policy and OCT settings that manage Office templates and backgrounds.

Templates and backgrounds settings

Setting name UI location Registry path and value name Description

Show custom templates tab by default in Access on the Office Start screen and in File | New

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Access 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Access 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Access\Settings!officestartdefaulttab

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\access\settings!officestartdefaulttab

Controls whether custom templates (when they exist) show as the default tab in Access on the Office Start screen and in File | New.

Show custom templates tab by default in Excel on the Office Start screen and in File | New

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Excel 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Excel 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\excel\options!officestartdefaulttab

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\excel\options!officestartdefaulttab

Controls whether custom templates (when they exist) show as the default tab in Excel on the Office Start screen and in File | New.

Show custom templates tab by default in PowerPoint on the Office Start screen and in File | New

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft PowerPoint 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\powerpoint\options!officestartdefaulttab

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\HKCU\software\microsoft\office\15.0\powerpoint\options!officestartdefaulttab

Controls whether custom templates (when they exist) show as the default tab in PowerPoint on the Office Start screen and in File | New.

Show custom templates tab by default in Project on the Office Start screen and in File | New

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Project 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Project 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\ms project\options\general!officestartdefaulttab

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\ms project\options\general!officestartdefaulttab

Controls whether custom templates (when they exist) show as the default tab in Project on the Office Start screen and in File | New.

Default tab to show in Publisher on the Office Start screen and in File | New

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Publisher 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Publisher 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\publisher\preferences!officestartdefaulttab

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\publisher\preferences!officestartdefaulttab

Controls what displays as the default tab in Publisher on the Office Start screen and in File | New.

Default tab to show in Visio on the Office Start screen and in File | New

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Visio 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Visio 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\visio\application!officestartdefaulttab

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\visio\application!officestartdefaulttab

Controls what displays as the default tab in Visio on the Office Start screen and in File | New.

Show custom templates tab by default in Word on the Office Start screen and in File | New

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Word 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Word 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\word\options!officestartdefaulttab

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\word\options!officestartdefaulttab

Controls whether custom templates (when they exist) show as the default tab in Word on the Office Start screen and in File | New.

Personal templates path for Access

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Access 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Access 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\access\settings!personaltemplatesaccess

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\access\settings!personaltemplatesaccess

Specifies the location of a user's personal templates.

Personal templates path for Excel

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Excel 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Excel 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\excel\options!personaltemplates

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\excel\options!personaltemplates

Specifies the location of a user's personal templates.

Personal templates path for PowerPoint

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft PowerPoint 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\powerpoint\options!personaltemplates

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\powerpoint\options!personaltemplates

Specifies the location of a user's personal templates.

Personal templates path for Project

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Project 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Project 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\ms project\options\save!personaltemplates

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\ms project\options\save!personaltemplates

Specifies the location of a user's personal templates.

Personal templates path for Publisher

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Publisher 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Publisher 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\publisher\preferences!personaltemplates

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\publisher\preferences!personaltemplates

Specifies the location of a user's personal templates

Personal templates path for Visio

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Visio 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Visio 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\visio\application!personaltemplates

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\visio\application!personaltemplates

Specifies the location of a user's personal templates.

Personal templates path for Word

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Word 2013\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Word 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\word\options!personaltemplates

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\word\options!personaltemplates

Specifies the location of a user's personal templates.

Disable Office Backgrounds

Group Policy location: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2013 (Machine)\Miscellaneous

OCT location in Modify User Settings: Microsoft Office 2013\Miscellaneous

Group Policy registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\15.0\common\general!disablebackgrounds

OCT registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\office\15.0\common\general!disablebackgrounds

Turns on and off the ability of users to select an Office background.

Loading the Administrative Template files

To load the Administrative Template files, download the files and follow the instructions for "Loading the ADMX templates" in Use Group Policy to enforce Office 2010 settings. Although the article is for Office 2010, the Administrative Templates information also applies to Office 2013.

For information about managing ADMX files and using a central store for Administrative Templates files, see Managing Group Policy ADMX Files Step-by-Step Guide. For Group Policy planning information, see Group Policy Planning and Deployment Guide.

To obtain information about the policy settings that are currently in effect for the Group Policy object (GPO) that is linked to the domain or organizational unit that contains a specific computer or user, you can use Group Policy Results in Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). To access Group Policy Results data for a user or computer, you must have Read Group Policy Results data permission on the domain or organizational unit that contains the user or computer, or you must be a member of the Administrators group on the targeted local computer. For information about GPMC, see Group Policy Management Console.

For more information about how to report by using Group Policy Results, see “Using Group Policy Results to determine Resultant Set of Policy” in the Group Policy Planning and Deployment Guide.

Preventing conflicts with earlier versions of Group Policy settings

note Note:

This section applies only to Group Policy. It does not apply to the OCT.

Group Policy settings information for Office 2013, and Office 2010 and Office 2007 is stored in version-specific locations in the Windows registry, as shown in the following table.

Version-specific policy settings

Type of setting Office 2013 subkey Office 2010 subkey Office 2007 subkey

User policy settings

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\14.0

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0

Computer policy settings

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\14.0

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0

Updating the OCT

To update the OCT, replace the /Admin folder in your Office 2013 installation files or installation image with the new /Admin folder that is included in the download package.

Files that are included in this download

The download package for the Office 2013 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool contains the following folders and files:

  • AdminTemplates32.exe

  • AdminTemplates64.exe

  • office2013grouppolicyandoctsettings_reference.xlsx

        \ADMX: The ADMX folder contains XML-based versions (.admx or .adml files) of the Administrative Template files for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Administrative Template files are divided into ADMX (language-neutral) and ADML (language-specific) files. By default, the %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions folder on a local computer stores all ADMX files. ADML files are stored in language-specific folders under the %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions folder. Each language subfolder contains the .adml files for that language. For example, the English language ADML files would be stored in the %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions\en-us folder. The following languages are included: Chinese Simplified (People’s Republic of China), Chinese (Hong Kong SAR), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and Spanish. The following files are stored in the \ADMX folder:

            access15.admx

            excel15.admx

            inf15.admx

            lync15.admx

            office15.admx

            onent15.admx

            outlk15.admx

            ppt15.admx

            proj15.admx

            pub15.admx

            spd15.admx

            visio15.admx

            word15.admx

                \de-de: Contains the German language version of the .adml files.

                \en-us: Contains the English language version of the .adml files.

                    access15.adml

                    excel15.adml

                    inf15.adml

                    lync15.adml

                    office15.adml

                    onent15.adml

                    outlk15.adml

                    ppt15.adml

                    proj15.adml

                    pub15.adml

                    spd15.adml

                    visio15.adml

                    word15.adml

                \es-es: Contains the Spanish language version of the .adml files.

                \fr-fr: Contains the French language version of the .adml files.

                \it-it: Contains the Italian language version of the .adml files.

                \ja-jp: Contains the Japanese language version of the .adml files.

                \ko-kr: Contains the Korean language version of the .adml files.

                \pt-br: Contains the Portuguese (Brazil) language version of the files in the \en-us subfolder.

                \ru-ru: Contains the Russian language version of the files in the \en-us subfolder.

                \zh-cn: Contains the Chinese Simplified (People's Republic of China) language version of the .adml files.

                \zh-tw: Contains the Chinese (Hong Kong SAR) language version of the .adml files.

        \Admin: Contains the OPAX and OPAL files, oct.dll, and octca.dll files. Language neutral resources are included in the OPAX files and language-specific resources are included in the OPAL files. Each of the language subfolders contains the .opal files for that language, the Office Customization Help file (OCT.chm), and octres.dll files. For example, the en-us subfolder contains the English-US version of these files. Languages included are Chinese Simplified (People’s Republic of China), Chinese (Hong Kong SAR), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

            oct.dll

            octca.dll

                \de-de: Contains the German language version of the files in the \en-us subfolder.

                \en-us: Contains the .opal files, oct.chm Help file, and octres.dll files.

                    access15.opal

                    excel15.opal

                    inf15.opal

                    office15.opal

                    onent15.opal

                    outlk15.opal

                    ppt15.opal

                    proj15.opal

                    pub15.opal

                    spd15.opal

                    visio15.opal

                    word15.opal

                    oct.chm Help file

                    octres.dll

                \es-es: Contains the Spanish language version of the .opal, oct.chm, and octres.dll files.

                \fr-fr: Contains the French language version of the .opal, oct.chm, and octres.dll files.

                \it-it: Contains the Italian language version of the .opal, oct.chm, and octres.dll files.

                \ja-jp: Contains the Japanese language version of the .opal, oct.chm, and octres.dll files.

                \ko-kr: Contains the Korean language version of the .opal, oct.chm, and octres.dll files.

                \pt-br: Contains the Portuguese (Brazil) language version of the files in the \en-us subfolder.

                \ru-ru: Contains the Russian language version of the files in the \en-us subfolder.

                \zh-cn: Contains the Chinese Simplified (People's Republic of China) language version of the .opal, oct.chm, and octres.dll files.

                \zh-tw: Contains the Chinese (Hong Kong SAR) language version of the .opal, oct.chm, and octres.dll files.

Change History

Date Description

October 08, 2013

Updated with more explicit information about the Outlook AutoDiscover feature options.

September 4, 2012

Initial publication

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