How to partially remove the SkyDrive option in Office 2013 using Group Policy

If you have tried out the Office 2013 Preview you probably noticed the SkyDrive integration within the File Open and Save dialogs in Word, Excel and other Office Applications. Personally have started using SkyDrive all the time, but I can imagine that some companies rather do not want to see their users storing sensitive data on SkyDrive. So I wondered if this option could be disabled.




Well apparently there is a Group Policy setting for this called “Show SkyDrive Sign in” located under User Configuration / Policies / Administrative Templates / Microsoft Office 2013 / Miscellaneous


When setting this to Disabled, the result is as following.


But…if we select Add a place, we still get the SkyDrive option and I ‘m allowed to sign up and store my document.


So it looks like the option can only be partially disabled, at least within the Microsoft Office 2013 Preview version.

2 thoughts on “How to partially remove the SkyDrive option in Office 2013 using Group Policy

  1. Hey Alex, if you want to completely block SkyDrive access, there is a “Block signing into Office” group policy setting in the same place as “Show SkyDrive Sign In” that you can set to prevent users from logging into SkyDrive and/or Office 365. I configured the “Block signing into Office” setting to prevent users from logging into both services and it removed the “+ Add a place” option from the “Save As” menu. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi Erik,

    Thanks a lot for telling us about that Block Signing into Office option. That works perfectly to remove any chance of the users getting confused when saving documents in Word or Excel.

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