How to disable Publish to in Office 2016


Publish to is a new feature that's available in Microsoft Office 2016 for Office 365. is an Office document storage and sharing repository that's available publicly over the Internet and that allows users to store and share documents by using either a Microsoft account or an Organization ID. is a free service and is not currently licensed or managed as part of Microsoft Office 365.

How to remove Publish to

Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.

If your organization has to remove this publishing functionality from Office, use one of the following methods to disable the Publish to feature.

Method 1: Use the Office administrative template and customization tool

Office 2016 administrative template and customization tool: Office 2016 ADMX

Path in template: Microsoft Office 2016\Miscellaneous

  1. Download the latest templates (Office 2016 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool).
  2. Start the Group Policy Management Console.
  3. Under Administrative Templates, enable Publish to, expand Microsoft Office 2016, and then select Miscellaneous

Method 2: Add a registry entry

Create the following registry entry.

Registry subkey: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\General\EnablePublishToDocs

Registry Value name: EnablePublishToDocs

Registry Type: REG_DWORD

Enabled Value: 1 (default)

Disabled Value: 0

More Information

To learn more about how to install and use the Office administrative template and customization tool (OCT), see the "Install instructions"
section of the following Office article: To learn more about and about the Publish to feature, see the following Office articles:

Article ID: 3187727 - Last Review: Nov 4, 2016 - Revision: 1