Configure user settings for the 2007 Office system

Updated: August 27, 2009

Applies To: Office Resource Kit

This Office product will reach end of support on October 10, 2017. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see , Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.


Topic Last Modified: 2009-08-21

After you create a network installation point but before you install the 2007 Microsoft Office system, you can use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to create a Setup customization file. There are many user settings that you can configure in the OCT to customize the user's environment. For example, using the OCT, you can configure the default settings for several AutoCorrect options in Microsoft Office Word 2007. When you configure a user setting, that setting is in place when the user first runs an Office application.


Configuring a user setting in this way is not necessarily permanent; it just establishes the initial default value for the setting. The user can modify most settings after Office is installed. To enforce a user setting, use Group Policy. For more information, see Enforce settings by using Group Policy in the 2007 Office system.

To configure user settings

  1. From the root of the network installation point, run the following command line to start the Office Customization Tool: setup.exe /admin.

  2. Select the product that you want to configure, and then click OK.

  3. In the left pane, click Modify user settings.

  4. In the right pane, expand the tree, double-click the user setting that you want to configure, and select a value.

    For example, to set the default format in which you want users to save Office Word 2007 files, expand Microsoft Office Word 2007, expand Word Options, click Save, and then double-click Save files in this format under Setting. Click Enabled, select the format under Save files in this format, and then click OK.

  5. If you want to preserve user settings from previous versions of Office, select Migrate user settings.


    If you modify user settings and also select the Migrate user settings check box, Setup first applies the modified settings and then migrates the user's existing custom settings, which overwrites any conflicting settings.

  6. On the File menu, click Save As.

  7. Specify a path and file name for the Setup customization file, and then click Save.

  8. On the File menu, click Exit.

  9. Copy the Setup customization file to the Updates folder in the network installation point.

When you run Setup to install Office, it uses the Setup customization file in the Updates folder and configures user settings.