If you’re using Microsoft Office 2013, you might be familiar with its integration with cloud services such as SkyDrive and SharePoint. In addition to those services, I had shared tips in the past month on how you can add Dropbox and Google Drive to the list of supported cloud storage services.
If you don’t use any of those cloud features in the Office suite, instead prefer saving your work on the computer only, then you might want to disable the cloud features entirely.
There are two ways to turn off Cloud features in Office 2013:
- Using Registry Editor
- Using Group Policy Editor
Turn off Cloud Features in Office 2013 using Registry Editor
- Open Registry Editor by entering
regeditin the Run dialog box.
- When Registry Editor opens, navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\SignInkey. If the
SignInkey doesn’t exist, create it by right-clicking on Common > New > Key > SignIn.
- In the right-pane of
SignInkey, create a new DWORD value named
- Double-click on
SignInOptionsand change its value to
That’s it. The sign-in functionality and the option to add a new cloud storage place shouldn’t be available in any of the Office 2013 program.
To restore the functionality, simply set
SignInOptions value to
Want ready-made registry edits? Download this zip file.
Turn off Cloud Features in Office 2013 using Group Policy Editor
- For this method you need the Office 2013 Administrative Template files installed. If you don’t have it already, grab the version appropriate to your system from Microsoft Downloads and install it.
- After installing, enter
gpedit.mscin Run dialog box to open Local Group Policy Editor.
- In it, navigate down the tree to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Office 2013 > Miscellaneous.
- Find “Block signing into Office” in the list of settings, and double-click on it.
- In the properties window, click “Enable” and select the option “None Allowed”.
That’d do it.
To re-enable cloud features, navigate down the same policy tree and change to “Not Configured”.