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Push Microsoft Word settings with ARD

599 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: May 9, 2012 1:57 PM by Layne_Staley RSS
Layne_Staley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 2, 2012 6:35 AM

Can someone tell me how to push Microsoft Word settings with ARD?

Basically I have been tasked with figuring out how to default save as .docx in Office 2008 and Office 2011.

I have 50+ users and I'd like to be able to push this settings change using ARD.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Server, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Mac Mini
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,515 points)
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    May 2, 2012 6:51 AM (in response to Layne_Staley)

    You'll have to locate the appropriate preference file for Word, make the setting on your administrator machine (or on another workstation and copy the preference file to your ARD admin system so you can then copy it to the other workstations), and push out the preference file to the appropriate location. I'm guessing that the preference file will be com.microsoft.Word.plist - I see a setting for 2008 Save\Default Format which may be that setting - but I haven't experimented with Word 2008, and I can't see an obvious equivalent for Word 2011. You'll probably need to ask in Microsoft's forums for the correct preference file and setting.

     

    Regards.

  • TeenTitan Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)
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    May 4, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to Layne_Staley)

    Paw offers a valid option.

     

    Another option would be MCX. It's built into the mac operating system, and it's desgined to manage settings on computers. You would still need to find the prefrence file, and the setting, and deploy the setting. Deployment could be done by ARD send unix command.

     

    FYI if you have a directory server, like an open directory, it's make prefrence management much easier to do.

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