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How do I remove the sametime status (online, away, etc) from the inbox and mail addresses?

Lotus notes Release 8.5.2FP2 SHF75

I don't want to remove sametime, as I use that, but I don't want the status on the mail, nor on the mail recipents.
I don't have access to the server, or the document templates, so I don't know if I would have to put this in as a special request to the IT department, or if there's something I can set up on my computer

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According to this IBM technote, it can be set under File > Preferences > Sametime > Server Community > Options tab "Use this server for status lookup" but it does not work.

This actually worked for OP (running standard client), as outlined in this IBM note:

Edit plugin_customization.ini file located under \framework\rcp\plugin_customization.ini and insert line (for details please see IBM document)

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If there is only one server, then this setting has no effect. I've also tried setting Use canonical names for status lookup in an attempt to break it – SeanC Jul 23 '12 at 18:45
Do you use basic or standard client? – wmz Jul 23 '12 at 19:23
anyway, try options listed in Optimizing_Name_Lookup_Clients. Options differ for basic and standard clients. Important stuff is near the end of document. Please note for standard there is a hack to actually give non existent domain as the only one being looked up to effectively shut this functionality – wmz Jul 23 '12 at 19:58
Thank you - I'm evidently running the standard client. The non existent hack worked perfectly – SeanC Jul 23 '12 at 20:25

There is an option in the Sametime preferences called Show instant messaging status. Click that off and the inbox won't display the Sametime status.

File » Instant Messaging » Preferences. Then the User Preferences windows displays. In the window look at General » Configuration section. Un-check Show instant messaging status for names and click OK.

Make sure to close your inbox and then reopen it to see the changes take place.

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I don't believe you can disable the sametime awareness on the full client. You can switch to the basic client (actions-->lotus notes-->switch to lite mode (basic)) and it will use the older style sametime client which has the preference to disable awareness. I believe the option is "Show instant messaging status for names" in the basic style sametime preferences.

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