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:

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.

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