How to Globally Disable privacy breaking Automatic Alt Text Generation on MS Office?

New Contributor II

We have some very strict clients who demand privacy and secrecy with regards to some of the work product that we create, however, we have just discovered that MS Office products are appending Alt-Text to files which sends them through an AI to be able to generate the Alt-Text. This is in breach of our privacy agreement with our clients, and this isn't us being hyperbolic and freaking out: one of our clients brought it to our attention, and they are informing us that this is not allowed as part of our contract with them.

So, legalities aside, we need to disable the "Alt Text Generation" function globally across our whole company. Since it is a check box in the preference pane, I assume there is a .plist that is attached to that setting being enabled/disabled.

Can someone assist in how best to disable that function via script, or if they have a script that does this already, if you could provide it?





Sounds like you're looking to manage what MS is calling "Connected Experiences":

Connected experiences that analyze your content are experiences that use your Office content to provide you with design recommendations, editing suggestions, data insights, and similar features. If you don't set this preference, connected experiences that analyze content are available to users.

More info on managing these settings can be found by digging a bit at