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17 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 10 Pro / OpenSUSE
Word 2010 - Check the "Print Hidden Text" option using GPO?


When going in File -*> Options -> Display in Word 2010, there is the option to print hidden text that we can check. I would like to know if there is a way to have it checked, other than having to go on every computer to check the option. What I mean is: is there a way to change it using a registry key or by GPO? Searching on the internet for a while didn't give me a good answer.

Thanks in advance.

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17 Oct 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Use Process Monitor to find out what registry values are changed when you make a change in a GUI.

Let us know if you need help figuring out how to do that via Process Manager.
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18 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 10 Pro / OpenSUSE

Oh Thanks, didn't think about that one. Will do and I'll let you know how it turns out.
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25 Oct 2013   #4

Windows 10 Pro / OpenSUSE

In the end it seems that there isn't a registry key change captured when I enable that option. I don't think that normal.dotm is useful for this either.

Now I wonder where that information is stored, I'd like to be able to push it by gpo but it doesn't seem likely now. I have asked that question on technet forums as well in a similar way, and they don't have an answer either.
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25 Oct 2013   #5

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

It is not easy to see using Process Monitor - so I used these steps:

Open MS Word 2010...
...made sure that the setting of interest was turned OFF
...closed MS Word 2010.

Export this registry key in its entirety:

Open MS Word 2010...
...made sure that the setting of interest was turned ON
...closed MS Word 2010.

Export this registry key in its entirety*:
*If you left regedit open - refresh the data before exporting.

Use WinMerge to see the differences in the two text files.

If you opt to install WinMerge, I would suggest turning on this one feature:
(Menu bar > Edit > Options)
Word options registry key?-winmerge.png

Right click on one file and select "Compare To" from the context menu:
Word options registry key?-winmerge2.png

Right click on the second file and select "Compare" from the context menu:
Word options registry key?-winmerge3.png

The lines that I have highlighted in the left most pane indicate differences:
Word options registry key?-winmerge4.png

Click on each line to see the differences:
Word options registry key?-winmerge5.png

Testing showed that merging the reg file attached to this post does indeed turn the feature on - but MS Word 2010 must be closed during the import of that reg file. I'm not suggesting that you use the attached reg file - as doing so might change other settings. It might not be practical to push this setting out in this manner. You might have a lot of users unhappy that you changed their other settings. I don't know of a way to change only the bits of data pertaining to that one setting.

Also, I do not understand what these two values do:
They change in ways that I have not bothered to research. They do not seem to be needed to toggle the setting of interest, but I left them in the reg file attached to this post so that you can see their value (vs. the values shown in that last WinMerge screenshot).

Repeating the steps of that generated the two reg files (feature on & feature off), changed those two values. I'll leave it to you to ferret out why... but I think that you can safely exclude that info from any reg file that you opt to use.

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28 Oct 2013   #6

Windows 10 Pro / OpenSUSE

Thanks so much for this guide. I'm happy to add to your rep. This definitely will help in finding what I want, while it changes other settings as you said, so I won't use your registry keys, I'll probably test this on a fresh install as well.

WinMerge is a program I'll keep in mind, looks like it could be useful in the future as well.

I'll mark this as solved even though I haven't tested it myself yet. You were of great help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Oct 2013   #7

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Glad to hear that it helped a bit.

A tool like AutoIt might be able to...
...pull the info from each remote computer
...change only the bits of interest
...write the changed info back

Or the script could be compiled and deployed locally at log on.
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