How to customize the options on the Persona menu when you right-click a contact in an e-mail message

Introduction

This article discusses how to customize the options on the Persona menu when you right-click a contact in an e-mail message.

More Information

To disable the whole menu or to customize the options on the menu, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click
    Run,

  2. Type regedit, and then click
    OK.

  3. In the navigation pane, locate and then click either of the following registry subkeys:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common

    Note You can use either of these registry paths to configure the registry values that are listed in this article. You do not have to configure the registry data under each registry path.

  4. On the Edit menu, point to
    New, and then click Key.

  5. In the New Key # 1 box, type
    PersonaMenu, and then press ENTER.

    • To disable a large group of the menu items, follow these steps:

      1. On the Edit menu, point to
        New, and then click DWORD Value.

      2. In the New Value # 1 box, type
        Enabled, and then press ENTER.

      3. On the Edit menu, click
        Modify.

      4. In the Value data box, type
        0, and then click OK.

      This registry setting disables only the following items on the menu:

      • Call
        UserName

      • Add to Instant Messaging Contacts

      • Reply with Instant Message

      • Reply All with Instant Message

      • Tag for Presence Alerts

    • To customize specific options on the menu, follow these steps:

      1. On the Edit menu, point to
        New, and then click DWORD Value.

      2. In the New Value # 1 box, type the string specified under the "Registry entry name" column in the following table, and then press ENTER.

      3. On the Edit menu, click
        Modify.

      4. In the Value data box, type the appropriate value from the table, and then click OK.


        Note 0 means to hide the option. 1 means to show the option. Unless the value is specified otherwise, the default setting for the item is to show the item.

      Registry entry name

      Registry value

      Option name on the Persona menu

      In the Group Policy Template

      ShowStatus

      0 or 1

      UserName - Status
      For example, Marcelo Santos – Available

      Yes

      Calendar

      0 or 1

      Scheduling a Meeting
      Or
      Free until Time
      For example, Free until 3:00 PM

      Yes

      OfficeLocation

      0 or 1

      Office:
      Office attribute in Active Directory
      For example, Office: New York-Bldg1

      Yes

      Manager

      0 or 1
      The defualt value is 0.

      Manager: Manager attribute in Active Directory
      For example, Manager: Mark Steele

      Yes

      MySite

      0 or 1

      View My Site

      No

      Phone

      0 or 1

      Call
      UserName
      For example, Call Marcelo Santos

      Yes

      SendMail

      0 or 1

      Send Mail

      Yes

      AddToMessengerContact

      0 or 1

      Add to Instant Messaging Contacts

      No

      Messenger

      0 or 1

      Reply with Instant Message

      Yes

      MessengerToAll

      0 or 1

      Reply All with Instant Message

      No

      TagContact

      0 or 1

      Tag for Presence Alerts

      No

      SmartTags

      0 or 1

      Additional Actions

      Yes

      OutlookContact

      0 or 1

      Add to Outlook Contacts
      And
      Look up Outlook Contact

      Yes

      OutlookProperties

      0 or 1

      Outlook Properties

      Yes



      The previous table also has a column of information specifying whether the setting can be deployed by using Group Policy. If you want to configure these settings by using Group Policy, add the Office12.adm template to the Local Group Policy Editor. The policy settings are listed under the Instant Messaging Integration node of the policy tree.

  6. Exit Registry Editor.

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