Customize Office 2010


Applies to: Office 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-11-21

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Use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to alter the way that Setup performs installations and to configure Office applications on users’ computers.

Use the OCT to configure the installation for users after you create a network installation point, but before you install Microsoft Office 2010.

In Office 2010, two architecture-specific versions of the Office Customization Tool (OCT) are available: one for 32-bit Office 2010 and one for 64-bit Office 2010. The 64-bit version of the OCT supports 64-bit client editions of Office 2010, and provides the same user interface, capabilities, and configurable settings as the 32-bit version. You use the same command to run the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the OCT. For instance, if you want to run the 32-bit OCT, run the setup.exe /admin command line from the x86 (32-bit) folder as shown in the following example: \\server\share\Office14\x86\setup.exe /admin. To run the 64-bit OCT, run the setup.exe /admin command line from the x64 (64-bit) folder. For more information about 64-bit Office 2010, see 64-bit editions of Office 2010.


Office 2010 does not support side-by-side installations of 64-bit and 32-bit Office, including across applications. For example, there is no support for side-by-side installations of the 2007 Office system 32-bit with Office 2010 64-bit, or for Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 64-bit and Microsoft Excel 2010 32-bit. You cannot use the Office 2010 customization tools to configure side-by-side installations or customizations of 64-bit and 32-bit Office. For example, you cannot create a custom side-by-side installation with 64-bit Microsoft Office Professional 2010 and 32-bit Microsoft Visio 2010 single image. For more information about 64-bit Office, see 64-bit editions of Office 2010.

Customize Office

To customize Office by using the OCT

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

  2. In the Select Product dialog box, select a single product that you want to customize, and then click OK.

  3. In the left pane, select an area of customization and customize the options available in the right pane. For example, to configure Setup to run quietly, select Licensing and user interface in the left pane, and then select None for Display level in the right pane.

  4. When you finish making your customizations, select Save As in the File menu.

  5. Specify a unique name for the file and save the file in the Updates folder of the network installation point.

  6. Click Save.

When you run Setup.exe from the network installation point, Setup looks in the Updates folder for Setup customization files for the product that you are installing. Setup then applies your customizations to the installation.

The following articles provide more information about how to customize specific aspects of the installation:

For complete information about the OCT, see Office Customization Tool in Office 2010.

The following customizations can only be made using the Config.xml file:

  • Specifying the path of the network installation point.

  • Selecting which product to install.

  • Customizing Setup options such as logging and the location of the Setup customization file and software updates.

  • Setting installation options such as user and company name.

  • Copying the local installation source (LIS) to the user's computer without installing Office.

  • Adding or removing languages from the installation.

For more information about how to use the Config.xml file, see Config.xml file in Office 2010.