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How to enable “Appear Offline” presence status in office communicator?

Posted by Mino on October 7, 2008

This artcile talks about how can you enable your MOC 2007 to have the status “Appear Offline”. Once you have this status, you can set yourself to appear offline while you are online

There might be times when you want to login in office communicator but you don’t want to appear online. You would like to set the status as “appear offline”. Since you dont have this option by default in MOC 2007, you need to modify following group policy before you could get this option in MOC 2007

The policy name is “Enable the state Appear Offline” in the group policy. You need to enable it and ensure that the policy gets applied. (You might want to run gpupdate /force after applying this change).

Note: You will get above group policy setting after importing Communicator.adm template in the group policy object.

You can enable “Appear offline” status in office communicator using registry editor as well.

You need to create following registry DWORD and set its value as 1 to enable it.

The DWORD name is EnableAppearOffline, type is REG_DWORD and location is

My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator.

After making above change, exit from office communicator (from system tray) and relaunch it.

After signing back into Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, you should be able to see “Appear offline” status as follow.

2 Responses to “How to enable “Appear Offline” presence status in office communicator?”

  1. mina said

    i need this program alot

  2. Mr_Tech said

    how to make that happen too for Win7 ? i cant find the same thing in the same path.

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