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Distributing Add-ins via Sideloading / Sharepoint / Network Share without Online Content RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am trying to follow the instructions here to both test and publish a Web add-in to an internal user base but have hit an issue

    - docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dev/add-ins/publish/publish

    My organisation is behind a firewall so sets this group policy to prevent issues with Office 2016 / 2019 attempting to phone home:

    User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2016\ Tools | Options | General | Service Options… \ Online Content

    Online content options = Do not allow Office to connect to the Internet

    This corresponds to this registry setting (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\microsoft\office\16.0\common\internet\useonlinecontent = 0)

    The problem is this completely disables the Insert > Add-ins ribbon section which means all methods listed on the above instructions that would work offline, e.g. Sideloading, SharePoint Catalog or Network Share cannot be used.

    How can we distribute add-ons via Sideloading, SharePoint Catalog or Network Share with this group policy set?

    Monday, January 7, 2019 10:59 AM