If you are a Microsoft Office 2016 or 2019 user, you certainly noticed that the default setup doesn’t provide an option to install only specific Office applications, rather than the entire package. With older releases you were allowed to do that into the same installer.
We will show you the easiest way to custom install only the specific applications you do want on your computer. For example, you may not need the offline version of Outlook because you’re fine using it’s webmail counterpart.
Affortunatelly, there’s an official tool at disposal which makes you easier to customize your deployment.
We are talking about Office Deployment Tool. You can download the tool from this Direct Link or instead google for it.
Run the deployment tool, click on accept and Continue
Select your prefered folder to extract the configuration files. I choosed desktop.
We have the extracted files from Office Deployment Tool.
Now open your Notepad and copy this configuration code into your text editor.
<Configuration> <Add SourcePath="" OfficeClientEdition="64"> <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"> <Language ID="en-us" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Access" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Excel" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" /> <ExcludeApp ID="InfoPath" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" /> <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" /> <ExcludeApp ID="PowerPoint" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Project" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" /> <ExcludeApp ID="SharePointDesigner" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Visio" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Word" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Outlook" /> </Product> </Add> </Configuration>
Go to your Office applications folder or drive, whatever you have, and click on the address bar to copy the path. In my case it’s D:\ because its where i have my ISO image mounted.
Paste it between these quotation marks. Just make sure that there are no spaces between your path and the marks.
If your office installation language differs from the example code, you need to modify it. For example, if your language is Spanish, you need to type es-ES.
You can choose between 64 bit or 32 version.
You can type 64 for 64-bit version and 32 for 32-bit version.
Here’s the list of all applications that are excluded by default in this configuration file. So, for example, if you only want to install Excel, Word, and Powerpoint, you need to remove the proper lines.
Save your text file as “configuration.xml” into the folder where you have previously extracted your files.
Final steps to install your choosen Office applications
Finally, press and hold the shift key on your keyboard and right click on your desktop or inside of any other window where the tool files are located.
Open your Powershell or CMD window and paste this command.
.\setup.exe /configure configuration.xml
As you can see, only these three Office applications will be installed, instead of the entire suite.
We would also want to leave you an explanatory video, in case any of the steps has not been clear.