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Stop the Microsoft Office 2007 Logo / toolbar / ribbon from blinking / flashing

The Issue Microsoft Office 2007 has a wonderful new interface with ribbons, which other developers are adopting as a windows standard. However, when office is installed and used for the first time, the Microsoft Logo (shown below) flashes until the user clicks it.

Microsoft Flashing Logo

So what’s the problem?

I have been using the Microsoft Access 2007 object in Visual Basic at work, and attempting to open an instance of Access as hidden. The issue comes up when we distributing the application that we have created.

When the user installs Access 2007 – Run Time Edition, and then runs our application, the Access Window pops up, with the flashing logo.

How do I stop it from flashing?

This is the million dollar question that I’ve been trying so hard to find the answer to.

– Brielfly, I ran a registry comparison tool (RegFormApp) to see what happens when the user clicks on the microsoft logo in an office program.

The program showed that the following registry key was being updated.


Okay, for those of you who use windows registry edit, follow the following steps;

How to change the setting

1) Navigate through the tree menu on the left, until you get to the right place.

2) Double click on “OfficeMenuDiscovered”.

3) Change the setting from 0 to 1. Click OK to save the changes.

The .REG File Method
Stick the following into notepad, and then save the file as a .reg extention.


This will make it into a Registry update file that you can use in installers, etc, to get the setting set!

All I can say is that it’s been a journey.

I hope this post saves you a lot of time and effort in your developments.


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  1. Steve

    Thanks, it was flashing when creating a new email. Created the DWORD value and it no longer flashes.
    Cheers, Steve

  2. Nice one Steve.

  3. Chris

    Nice work. I too had to create the entry, a search came back with nothing. Once created it solved the problem. Thanks!

  4. Nice one Steve.

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