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Microsoft Office Registry Secrets

Microsoft Office Registry Secrets

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Microsoft Office Registry Secrets
 
Author:
Published:
December 1997
Copyright:
1998
Publisher:
29th Street Press
This chapter contains registry entries that let you completely customize your Office environment, from the cursors andsounds you use to interact with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access to the actors that guide you through theintricacies and nuances of Office 97. Dean Porter, the chief architect of this chapter, gives you the building blocks toconstruct the perfect Office 97 environment.
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Microsoft Office Registry Secrets
 
Author:
Published:
December 1997
Copyright:
1998
Publisher:
29th Street Press
 
Abstract
This chapter contains registry entries that let you completely customize your Office environment, from the cursors andsounds you use to interact with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access to the actors that guide you through theintricacies and nuances of Office 97. Dean Porter, the chief architect of this chapter, gives you the building blocks toconstruct the perfect Office 97 environment.
MICROSOFT ASSISTANT FOR OFFICE 97
 By now you’ve seen the paper clip that helps you through the trials and tribulations of using Office 97. You can addextra features to this little critter and bend his will to your own with these registry entries.
 
IV-1Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant 
Value Name:
AsstPath 
Data Type:
REG_SZ 
Value:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\ActorsThis value contains the path where the actor files are stored. It is almost certain that Microsoft and third-party vendorswill make new actors available. This path lets you add new actor files as they become available. These files are theOffice Assistant actor (. act) and preview (.acp) files that are located on your system.
IV-2Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant 
Value Name:
AsstSourcePath 
Data Type:
REG_SZ 
Value:
E:\Office\Actors
 
This value stores the source path for the support files Office 97 needs for the actor files.
IV-3Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant 
Value Name:
AsstFile
Data Type:
REG_SZ 
Value:
Clippit.actThis key is handy if you don’t want to dig out your Office 97 CD every time you change the assistant. This value is thename of the file that Office 97 uses for the assistant. Note that this value is just the filename, not the full path to the file.Valid values includeClippit.actClippit Paper ClipDot.actThe Dot (Bouncing Ball)Genius.actThe Genius (Einstein)Hoverbot.actHover BotLogo.actOffice LogoMnature.actMother NaturePowerpup.actPower Pup (The Power Dog)Scribble.actScribble (The Paper Cat)Will.actWill (William Shakespeare)
IV-4
These next two registry entries control the location of the Office Assistant on the screen.
Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant
Value Name:
AsstTop
Data Type:
REG_DWORD
Value:IV-5Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant 
Value Name:
AsstLeft
Data Type:
REG_DWORD 
Value:
 For each of these keys, the value is the location where the Assistant appears on the screen, given in pixels. Set thesevalues to determine the location of the top left corner of the Assistant.
IV-6
Would you like to stop the Assistant from moving around on you while you’re working on something?
Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant
Value Name:
AsstMoveWhenInTheWay
Data Type:
REG_DWORD
Value:
1Set this value to 0 to keep the Assistant from moving.
IV-7
The noises the Office Assistant makes are fun, but after hearing them about a thousand times, you want it to justshut up. This registry entry lets you do just that.
Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant
Value Name:
AsstSounds
Data Type:
REG_DWORD
Value:
1Setting this value to 0 disables sound for the Assistant.
 
IV-8Hive:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER 
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant 
Value Name:
AsstState 
Data Type:
REG_DWORD 
Value:
0x5 (5)This value lets you control the size of the Assistant window. Valid values are0x5Large and Visible0x9Small and Visible0x6Large but Hidden0xaSmall but Hidden
IV-9
Microsoft includes tip wizards with all the Office 97 products. These next seven registry entries let you enable or disable the wizards.
Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant
Value Name:
AsstShowTipOfDay
Data Type:
REG_DWORD
Value:
1Tired of seeing all the tips of the day? Setting this value to 0 disables these tips.
IV-10Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant 
Value Name:
AsstFeatureTips 
Data Type:
REG_DWORD 
Value:
1Setting this value to 1 shows tips for features you may not know about and suggests better ways to use the featuresyou do know about.
IV-11Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant 
Value Name:
AsstKeyboardShortcutTips 
Data Type:
REG_DWORD 
Value:
1Setting this value to 1 makes the Office Assistant show you keyboard shortcuts for functions that take complicatedmouse and menu commands to accomplish.
IV-12Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant 
Value Name:
AsstMouseTips 
Data Type:
REG_DWORD 
Value:
1Setting this value to 1 makes the Office Assistant watch your mouse commands and show you tips for using your mouse more effectively.
IV-13Hive:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
Key:
Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Common\Assistant 
Value Name:
AsstAssistWithHelp 
Data Type:
REG_DWORD 
Value:
1Setting this value to 1 shows the Office Assistant when you press the F1 key in any Microsoft Office application. Settingthis value to 0 makes the Help function appear instead of the Office Assistant. Note: In some areas, Help appearswhen you press the F1 key regardless of this setting.

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