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Group Policy and Office Customization Tool settings in Office 2010 for OpenDocument and Office Open XML formats

Published: May 16, 2012

This article lists the Group Policy settings and the Office Customization Tool (OCT) settings that address OpenDocument Format and Open XML Formats in Microsoft Office 2010.

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Before you can use the settings discussed in this article, you must install the Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=189316) download package, which contains new and updated Group Policy administrative template files and OCT files.

About the settings

For each setting, the following information is provided:

  • The application to which the setting applies

  • The setting name

  • What the setting does

  • The default configuration for the setting

  • Where to find the setting in the Group Policy Object Editor

    • Unless otherwise noted, you will find Group Policy settings under the User Configuration/Administrative Templates node of the Group Policy Object Editor when you edit a local or domain-based Group Policy object (GPO).

    note Note:

    The locations in the Group Policy Object Editor presented in this article apply when you invoke the Group Policy Object Editor to edit a GPO. To edit local Group Policy, use the Local Group Policy Editor. To edit domain-based Group Policy, use the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). Either tool invokes the Group Policy Object Editor when you edit a GPO. For more information, see Use Group Policy to enforce Office 2010 settings and Group Policy overview for Office 2010.

  • Where to find the setting in the Office Customization Tool (OCT)

    • Unless otherwise noted, you will find OCT settings on the Modify user settings page of the OCT when you configure a setup customization file.

    note Note:

    If the geographic location of the computer on which you are running the OCT is set to a European location, when you create a new Setup customization .msp file, or open an existing customization .msp file for which file format settings have not been configured for Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, or Word 2010, you might be prompted to choose a default file format for users. You can choose to keep the current settings for the Setup customization file, or choose either Office Open XML formats (which support all the features of Office 2010), or OpenDocument formats. For more information about these file formats, click Learn more to access OCT help.

    The OCT was updated in September 2013 to include Croatia as a geographic location that supports the display of the File format dialog box. If you plan to deploy Office in Croatia, be sure to download the most current version of the OCT.

Excel 2010 settings

The following table lists the Group Policy settings and the OCT settings that address OpenDocument Format and Open XML Formats for Excel 2010.

Setting name What it does Default configuration Group Policy Object Editor location OCT location

Default file format

Specifies the default file format for new files that users create in Microsoft Excel. This includes the OpenDocument spreadsheet (.ods) file format.

Files are created in the Excel file format. Users may override this default setting and specify another file format.

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Save

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Save

Suppress file format compatibility dialog box for OpenDocument Spreadsheet format

Allows you to enable or disable the file format compatibility dialog box from appearing when users save a file as an OpenDocument spreadsheet (*.ods) file in Microsoft Excel.

The file format compatibility dialog box appears when users save as an OpenDocument Spreadsheet file in Excel.

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Save

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Save

OpenDocument Spreadsheet files

Determines whether users can open, view, edit, or save Excel files in OpenDocument Spreadsheet (*.ods) file format.

Users can open, view, edit, or save Excel files in *.ods file format.

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Microsoft Office Open XML converters for Excel

Determines whether users can open, view, edit, or save Excel files in Open XML file format.

Users can open, view, edit, or save Excel files in Open XML file format.

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Scan encrypted macros in Excel Open XML workbooks

Controls whether encrypted macros in Open XML documents are required to be scanned by using antivirus software before they are opened.

note Note:

The behavior depends on whether the antivirus software uses the Microsoft Antivirus API.

Encrypted macros are disabled unless antivirus software is installed. Encrypted macros are scanned by your antivirus software when you attempt to open an encrypted workbook that contains macros.

note Note:

If the antivirus software does not use the Microsoft Antivirus API, macros will always be blocked.

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Security

Microsoft Excel 2010\Excel Options\Security

Protect document metadata for rights-managed Office Open XML Files

Determines whether metadata is encrypted in Office Open XML files that are protected by Information Rights Management (IRM).

When Information Rights Management (IRM) is used to restrict access to an Office Open XML document, any metadata associated with the document is not encrypted.

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Protect document metadata for password protected files

Determines whether metadata is encrypted when an Office Open XML file is password protected.

When an Open XML document is protected with a password and saved, any metadata associated with the document is encrypted along with the rest of the document's contents. If this configuration is changed, potentially sensitive information such as the document author and hyperlink references could be exposed to unauthorized people.

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Encryption type for password protected Office Open XML files

Allows you to specify an encryption type for Office Open XML files.

The default cryptographic service provider (CSP) is used. On computers that run Windows Vista, the default CSP is Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider, AES-128, 128-bit. On computers that run Windows XP, the default CSP is Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider (Prototype), AES-128, 128-bit. Note: This policy setting will not take effect unless the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\<Office application name>\Security\Crypto\CompatMode is set to 0. By default, the CompatMode registry key is set to 1.

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Block opening of pre-release versions of file formats new to Excel 2010 through the Compatibility Pack for Office 2010 and Excel 2010 Converter

Controls whether users who have the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2010 File Formats installed can open Office Open XML files that were saved with pre-release versions of Excel 2010. Excel Open XML files usually have the following extensions: .xlsx, .xlsm, .xltx, .xltm, .xlam.

Users of the compatibility pack will be unable to open Office Open XML files that were created in pre-release versions of Excel 2010.

Microsoft Office 2010\Office 2010 Converters

Microsoft Office 2010\Office 2010 Converters

Disable Package Repair

Allows you to disable the option to repair Open XML documents.

When an Office 2010 application detects that an Open XML document is corrupted, the user is given the option of repairing the corrupted document.

This setting cannot be configured by using Group Policy.

Microsoft Office 2010 (Machine)\Security Settings

PowerPoint 2010 settings

The following table lists the Group Policy settings and the OCT settings that address OpenDocument Format and Open XML Formats for PowerPoint 2010.

Setting name What it does Default configuration Group Policy Object Editor location OCT location

Suppress file format compatibility dialog box for OpenDocument Presentation format

Allows you to enable or disable the file format compatibility dialog box when you save a file as an OpenDocument presentation file in Microsoft PowerPoint.

The file format compatibility dialog box is not displayed when you save as an OpenDocument presentation file in PowerPoint.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010\PowerPoint Options\Save

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010\PowerPoint Options\Save

OpenDocument Presentation files

Allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save PowerPoint files with the OpenDocument presentation (*.odp) file format.

OpenDocument presentation files are not blocked.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010\PowerPoint Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010\PowerPoint Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Microsoft Office Open XML converters for PowerPoint

Allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save PowerPoint files using Open XML file format converters.

PowerPoint files using Open XML file format converters are not blocked.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010\PowerPoint Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010\PowerPoint Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Scan encrypted macros in PowerPoint Open XML presentations

Controls whether encrypted macros in Open XML presentations are required to be scanned by using antivirus software before they are opened.

Encrypted macros are disabled unless antivirus software is installed. If antivirus software is installed, encrypted macros are scanned by users’ antivirus software when they attempt to open an encrypted presentation that contains macros. If no vulnerabilities are detected, the macros can run.

note Note:

If the antivirus software does not use the Microsoft Antivirus API, macros will always be blocked.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010\PowerPoint Options\Security

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010\PowerPoint Options\Security

Turn on an external converter as the default for a file name extension

Allows you to enable an external file format converter as the default for a particular file name extension on a computer. To set this policy, you need to specify the file name extension (for example, ''odp'') for Value Name and the external file format converter via the converter's classname (for example, ''TestConverter'') for Value.

Microsoft PowerPoint processes files in an application-defined manner.

This setting cannot be configured by using Group Policy.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (Machine)\Converters

Protect document metadata for rights-managed Office Open XML Files

Determines whether metadata is encrypted in Office Open XML files that are protected by Information Rights Management (IRM).

When Information Rights Management (IRM) is used to restrict access to an Office Open XML document, any metadata associated with the document is not encrypted.

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Protect document metadata for password protected files

Determines whether metadata is encrypted when an Office Open XML file is password protected.

When an Open XML document is protected with a password and saved, any metadata associated with the document is encrypted along with the rest of the document's contents. If this configuration is changed, potentially sensitive information such as the document author and hyperlink references could be exposed to unauthorized people.

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Encryption type for password protected Office Open XML files

Allows you to specify an encryption type for Office Open XML files.

The default cryptographic service provider (CSP) is used. On computers that run Windows Vista, the default CSP is Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider, AES-128, 128-bit. On computers that run Windows XP, the default CSP is Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider (Prototype), AES-128, 128-bit. Note: This policy setting will not take effect unless the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\<Office application name>\Security\Crypto\CompatMode is set to 0. By default, the CompatMode registry key is set to 1.

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Block opening of pre-release versions of file formats new to PowerPoint 2010 through the Compatibility Pack for Office 2010 and PowerPoint 2010 Converter

Controls whether users who have the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2010 File Formats installed can open Office Open XML files that were saved with pre-release versions of PowerPoint 2010. PowerPoint Open XML files usually have the following extensions: .pptx, .pptm, .potx, .potm, .ppsx, .ppsm, .ppam, .thmx, .xml.

Users of the compatibility pack will be unable to open Office Open XML files that were created in pre-release versions of PowerPoint 2010.

Microsoft Office 2010\Office 2010 Converters

Microsoft Office 2010\Office 2010 Converters

Disable Package Repair

Allows you to disable the option to repair Open XML documents.

When an Office 2010 application detects that an Open XML document is corrupted, the user is given the option of repairing the corrupted document.

This setting cannot be configured by using Group Policy.

Microsoft Office 2010 (Machine)\Security Settings

Word 2010 settings

The following table lists the Group Policy settings and the OCT settings that address OpenDocument Format and Open XML Formats for Word 2010.

Setting name What it does Default configuration Group Policy Object Editor location OCT location

Save As Open XML in Compatibility Mode

Allows you to hide the ''Maintain compatibility with previous versions of Word'' check box that appears in the Save As dialog when users save a file as an Open XML file format. This check box lets users preserve the fidelity of documents that open in compatibility mode when they save those documents to any of the Open XML file formats. Checking this box will prevent conversion to the version of Word that is saving the file. Conversion maximizes fidelity with the version of Word that is saving the file, and we recommend it for users who want their Word documents to be compatible with this version of Word. However, conversion might impact the fidelity and compatibility of some features when the file is opened by an earlier version of Word.

The ''Maintain compatibility with previous versions of Word'' check box appears in the Save As dialog when users save a file in an Open XML file format.

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Save

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Save

Do not display file format compatibility dialog box for OpenDocument text format

Allows you to enable or disable the file format compatibility dialog box that appears when users save a file as an OpenDocument text file in Word.

The file format compatibility dialog box appears when users save as an OpenDocument text file in Word.

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Save

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Save

Set default compatibility mode on file creation

Allows you to specify the default compatibility mode for users when they create new files in Word 2010: Word 2003, Word 2007, or full functionality mode (this mode ensures that all new features remain enabled). Note: Open XML file formats such as .docx and .dotx, support all three modes.

Full functionality mode is the default compatibility mode for users when they create new files in Word 2010.

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Save

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Save

Default file format

Allows you to determine the default file format for saving files in Word. This includes the OpenDocument text (.odt), and Open XML file formats. This policy setting is often set in combination with the ''Save As Open XML in Compatibility Mode'' policy setting.

Word saves new files in the Office Open XML format (*.docx).

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Save

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Save

OpenDocument Text files

Allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files that use the OpenDocument text (*.odt) file format.

Users can open, view, edit, or save *.odt files in Word 2010.

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Office Open XML converters for Word

Allows you to determine whether users can open, view, edit, or save Word files that use Open XML file format converters.

Word files that use Open XML file format converters are not blocked.

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Security\Trust Center\File Block Settings

Scan encrypted macros in Word Open XML documents

Controls whether encrypted macros in Open XML Word documents are required to be scanned by using antivirus software before they are opened.

Encrypted macros are disabled unless antivirus software is installed. If antivirus software is installed, encrypted macros are scanned by users’ antivirus software when they attempt to open an encrypted document that contains macros. If no vulnerabilities are detected, the macros can run.

note Note:

If the antivirus software does not use the Microsoft Antivirus API, macros will always be blocked.

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Security\Trust Center

Microsoft Word 2010\Word Options\Security\Trust Center

Protect document metadata for rights-managed Office Open XML Files

Determines whether metadata is encrypted in Office Open XML files that are protected by Information Rights Management (IRM).

When Information Rights Management (IRM) is used to restrict access to an Office Open XML document, any metadata associated with the document is not encrypted.

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Protect document metadata for password protected files

Determines whether metadata is encrypted when an Office Open XML file is password protected.

When an Open XML document is protected with a password and saved, any metadata associated with the document is encrypted along with the rest of the document's contents. If this configuration is changed, potentially sensitive information such as the document author and hyperlink references could be exposed to unauthorized people.

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Encryption type for password protected Office Open XML files

Allows you to specify an encryption type for Office Open XML files.

The default cryptographic service provider (CSP) is used. On computers that run Windows Vista, the default CSP is Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider, AES-128, 128-bit. On computers that run Windows XP, the default CSP is Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider (Prototype), AES-128, 128-bit. Note: This policy setting will not take effect unless the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\<Office application name>\Security\Crypto\CompatMode is set to 0. By default, the CompatMode registry key is set to 1.

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Microsoft Office 2010\Security Settings

Block opening of pre-release versions of file formats new to Word 2010 through the Compatibility Pack for Office 2010 and Word 2010 Open XML/Word 97-2003 Format Converter

Controls whether users who have the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2010 File Formats installed can open Office Open XML files that were saved with pre-release versions of Word 2010. Word Open XML files usually have the following extensions: .docx, .docm, .dotx, .dotm, .xml.

Users of the compatibility pack will be unable to open Office Open XML files that were created in pre-release versions of Word 2010.

Microsoft Office 2010\Office 2010 Converters

Microsoft Office 2010\Office 2010 Converters

Disable Package Repair

Allows you to disable the option to repair Open XML documents.

When an Office 2010 application detects that an Open XML document is corrupted, the user is given the option of repairing the corrupted document.

This setting cannot be configured by using Group Policy.

Microsoft Office 2010 (Machine)\Security Settings

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