Office 2013 Preview Administrative Templates and Office Customization Tool download available

The Office 2013 Preview release includes Administrative Templates (ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OCT) files which administrators can download here: Office 2013 Preview Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool. Included in this download is an Excel spreadsheet (office2013grouppolicyandoctsettings_reference.xlsx) that lists the Group Policy and OCT settings. The policy settings apply to both…

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Deploying a custom dictionary

We’ve had some questions about how to deploy a custom dictionary in an organization. To deploy a custom dictionary, administrators can use the following approach: Create a Visual Basic script to copy the custom dictionary file to the local computer. Update registry settings to use the custom dictionary. Execute the Visual Basic script as part…

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Hiding the Ribbon in Office 2010

Brought to you by our compatibility expert Curtis Sawin Helping users get used to the ribbon is a challenge for IT organizations that are migrating their Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003 environments to Office 2010. Although customer feedback strongly demonstrates that the ribbon is a much better (i.e., more productive) experience in the…

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SP1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 officially released

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 is officially released.  SP1 contains new fixes for areas of each product as well as all Cumulative Updates and Public Updates that have already shipped. The fixes are contained in a downloadable spreadsheet that is useful to those testing or evaluating the service pack. Here’s the official…

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Using the Updates folder to deploy software updates during an Office 2010 installation

We’ve had some questions about deploying Office 2010 software updates by using the Updates folder. The Updates folder is used to store Office Customization Tool (OCT) .msp files (setup customization files) and any Office 2010 software updates that you want to deploy together with an initial installation of Office 2010. When you use the OCT…

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Using the Office Customization Tool to install a KMS key for Visio 2010

We’ve had questions about whether the Office Customization Tool can be used to install a Key Management Service (KMS) key for a volume licensed version of Visio 2010 Standard. The short answer is yes. Here are the details: The Enter another product key option in the Licensing and user interface section of the OCT is…

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Office Customization Tool: FAQs

The OCT is the main client customization tool for Office 2010 (and Office 2007). This tool is part of the Setup program and is included only in volume license versions of Office, such as Office 2010 Professional Plus. You use the OCT to configure settings in these areas: Setup Install location and organization name Additional network…

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How to install Office 2010 applications for a subset of users in your organization

We have received questions about how to install Microsoft Access 2010 only for some, but not all users in an organization. For example, some enterprises that are deploying Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 may want to deploy Access 2010 only to a subset of users. In such cases, administrators can use the Office Customization Tool…

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Office 2010 Office Customization Tool and Windows Installer version

We’ve had some questions about the Windows Installer version required by the Office 2010 Office Customization Tool (OCT) and would like to clarify the requirements. In Office 2010, there are two architecture-specific versions of the OCT, one for 32-bit Office 2010 and one for 64-bit Office 2010. The 64-bit version of the OCT supports 64-bit…

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Updated Group Policy and OCT settings reference for Office 2010

The Group Policy and OCT settings reference (Office2010GroupPolicyAndOCTSettings_Reference.xls ), part of the Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=189316) download package, has been updated to include information about changes to the settings for Office 2010, and changes that were made to the settings after the download package was built….