Saturday, December 1, 2012

Disabling IM for Lync 2013 Client

I suppose there are a few reasons that you might want to disable IM functionality for certain users in Lync.  This can be easily accomplished by modifying the registry (which can be controlled with a GPO).

Before we get started, let’s look at what typical options would look like for a Lync 2013:

Lync 2013 - Disable IM - IM enabled

As you can see, the IM button is present and active for my contacts.  The location in the registry to implement policies for Lync 2013 are in a different location compared to earlier versions.  Now you can locate or create policies in the HKLM (or HKCU)\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync

You can disable IM by running the following command from an elevated command prompt:

reg add HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync /v DisableIM /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Lync 2013 - Disable IM - cmd

This will result in creating a new DWORD “DisableIM” with a value of “1”:

Lync 2013 - Disable IM - registry

After exiting and restarting the client, the IM icon is no longer visible:

Lync 2013 - Disable IM - IM disabled

This post shows you how to disable IM functionality within the Lync 2013 client.


  1. Buenos días, la clave de registro está mal es la siguiente: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Lync

    Un saludo

    1. Disculpa, me he equivocado yo, no había actualizado la configuración y había actualizado el cambio.

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  4. That's pretty easy, just few steps. Good guide!

  5. What if I want to disable IM for user from server end???

    1. Set in a GPO. For a user specific target use HKCU rather than HKLM.

  6. Tim, Thanks been looking for this. Is it possible to disable the "lync call" option also and only use the IM?

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