Preventing The Average User From Designing Forms


Although I think it severely impairs the value proposition of using InfoPath, I get asked a lot how a company can deploy InfoPath to every desktop and yet control who has the ability to build and post new forms.   It turns out that it's pretty easy to do via the Adminstrative Templates that ship in the Office Resource Kit, and those settings can be enforced via Group Policy Objects (GPO's) via Active Directory.   To see how this can be done, you need to first download the ork.exe file from and run it.    This will install the ORK toolset to your machine and put the administrative templates for all the office apps in the right directory automatically.    Next you would run mmc.exe from the Start|Run line, and then add a snap-in for Group Policy.   From there you would expand the tree in the Local Computer Policy, right click on Administrative Templates under the User Configuration section, and click on Add/Remove Templates.  In the list it presents to you, there will be an entry for INF11.adm, that's the one you want.   Once you pick it, you'll traverse the tree as follows:

User Configuration

   Administrative Templates

      Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003


Unde miscellaneous you'll see an option for Disable InfoPath Designer Mode.   Set that enabled and check the box to disable the setting, and you'll find that the Design button in disabled in the interface in InfoPath.   Deploy that setting to a population that you want to prevent this kind of capability to and you're done!

Comments (3)

  1. Moojjoo says:

    Tim is it possible to reverse this if you are an admin on the machine you are working on or do I need to contact someone in IT Security?

  2. Brian says:

    Delete HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftOffice12.0InfoPathDesignerDisableDesigner = 1

  3. Renan William says:


    I'm found this problem only this year but I don't have this key in my registry and I still have this problem. I can use other approach to do it?

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