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Question regarding the "researcher" feature in word RRS feed

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  • Maybe someone here can answer this question.  I absolutely need to disable the researcher feature in word.  Does anyone know how?

    I have tried to disable it from the user interface using the GPEDIT and disabling items in the user interface using the administrative template for Word.  However, I don't know the name of the researcher feature and am unable to find it in the wordcontrols spreadsheet. 

    Is there a particular website that the researcher pane looks to initially when gathering information that I can block with a firewall or other service?

    I have to use Word for work but I can't use it if it searches the internet at all, but I need to use it with a few add-ins that do access the internet..

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 5:01 AM

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    Charles Kenyon Madison, WI

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:11 AM
  • Hi Rusby,

    Unfortunately, this need cannot be met.

    As far as I know, we can't disable the "researcher" feature, which seems to be a known problem.

    The only workaround so far is the reply you received from your previous question, but, user can still access it from the search bar by typing in "researcher".

    I suggest you submit this feedback in word and wait for Microsoft to make improvements in this regard.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Best regards

    Itch Sun



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    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:01 AM
  • Do you know if there is a URL that I can block that would cause the Researcher to just return blank information, or does it work in a different manner?
    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:40 PM
  • Try the following:

    Press Alt+F11 to activate the Visual Basic Editor.

    Press Ctrl+G to activate the Immediate window.

    Type or copy/paste the following line:

    Application.CommandBars("Research").Enabled = False

    With the insertion point anywhere in that line, press Enter.

    Press Alt+F4 to close the Visual Basic Editor.

    Regards, Hans Vogelaar (https://www.eileenslounge.com)

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:17 PM
  • Hi Rusby,

    Unfortunately, there is no such feature at this time.

    I still recommend that you submit these feedback through the "😊" in the upper right corner of the word.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Best regards

    Itch Sun



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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 1:36 AM