Removing Name ActiveX Control

If you have a public-facing SharePoint site, you may want to remove the Name ActiveX Control from the site. Users will otherwise get the Internet Explorer gold bar like this:


Not very pretty, and most people will not want to mark your site as a Trusted site. This will only occur on systems with Office 2003 or 2007 installed.

To remove the presence control entirely, open:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS\1033\INIT.JS

Do a search for ProcessImn. Once you find the below code, comment out both functions, so it reads like this:

function ProcessImn()
//    if (EnsureIMNControl() && IMNControlObj.PresenceEnabled)
//    {
//        imnElems=document.getElementsByName("imnmark");
//        imnElemsCount=imnElems.length;
//        ProcessImnMarkers();
//    }
function ProcessImnMarkers()
//    for (i=0;i
//    {
//        if (imnCount==imnElemsCount)
//            return;
//        IMNRC(imnElems[imnCount].sip,imnElems[imnCount]);
//        imnCount++;
//    }
//    setTimeout("ProcessImnMarkers()",imnMarkerBatchDelay);

Save the file and your guests will no longer see the Name ActiveX Control gold bar. If you do not want this to apply globally (e.g. if you’re running a farm for both internal and anonymous usage), follow the instructions at Microsoft’s KB931509.

Note the above change is immediate. You do not need to restart SharePoint or IIS.

Trevor Seward is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP who specializes in SharePoint Server administration, hybrid scenarios, and SharePoint Online. He has been working with SharePoint for 16 years from SharePoint 2003 on up, managing environments with terabytes of content for 150,000+ user organizations. Trevor is an author of Deploying SharePoint 2016 and Deploying SharePoint 2019. You can find him on Twitter and in /r/sharepoint.