How to not install proofing tools in Office 2019 using the config xml file?

Anthony Gillatt 1 Reputation point

I am using Office 2019 in our school and I am currently setting up some standalone Windows 10 exam laptops with Office 2019. I need to be able to guarantee proofing tools (Spell check/grammar) will not work and will not be able to be turned on by the user. Does anyone know what code I can add to the config xml for Office 2019 to prevent the installation of proofing tools?

This would save the hassle of trying to lock down the options menu from within the office applications. (Which I am pretty sure you cannot do)

Any help on the matter would be much appreciated.

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  1. Emily Hua-MSFT 27,466 Reputation points

    Hi @Anthony Gillatt

    > some standalone Windows 10 exam laptops with Office 2019

    Could you please share us more information about "standalone"? Can thses computers use Group Policy?
    Here is a similar thread, you could have look, "disable proofing, spell checker, using GPO".

    Based on my tests, if you install the English for Office via <Language ID="en-us" /> under Product ID of Office 2019, and you want to remove English proofing language which is one of proof tools included in English language package, your requirement is unable to be achieved.
    Under this casce, you could only remove the whole English language package instead of proofing tools included in this language pack.

    But if in addition to English, you also install a proofing language that is not included in English language package via adding <Product ID="ProofingTools">, such as Chinese proofing tool, this proofing tool could be removed via Remove element, because it is not integrated in your English language pack.

    Thanks for your understanding.

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