Overview of the Office Customization Tool for Click-To-Run (preview)
This article describes a preview tool that isn't available to everyone and is subject to change.
The Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run (preview) creates the configuration files that are used to deploy Office in large organizations. These configuration files give you more control over an Office installation: you can define which products and languages are installed, how those products should be updated, and whether or not to display the install experience to your users. After creating the configuration files, you can use them with the Office Deployment Tool, System Center Configuration Manager, or a third-party software distribution solution to deploy a customized version of Office.
The Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run (preview) is an Azure-based cloud service which allows you to create XML configuration files that are used with the Office Deployment Tool. In the past, you needed to create the configuration files in Notepad or another text editor. The Office Customization Tool makes this part of the deployment process easier and less likely to introduce errors.
To work with the service, go to Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run (preview) and choose the software, languages, settings, and preferences you want to configure. For example, you can create a configuration file that downloads the 32-bit English edition of Office, or you can create a file that installs the 64-bit English and German edition of Office excluding Access and Publisher and the EULA automatically accepted. When you're done, you can export the configuration file, which you can then use with the Office Deployment Tool to deploy Office in your organization.
Customize application settings
As part of the Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run, you can define application settings for Office 365 ProPlus, including VBA macro notifications, default file locations, and default file formats. When you define these settings, you can apply them as part of deploying Office or you can apply them to an existing installation of Office without changing any other deployment settings. For more details, see Apply application settings and Apply application settings to an existing installation of Office.
To learn how to use the configuration file as part of the overall deployment process, see Deploy Office 365 ProPlus from a local source or Deploy Office 365 ProPlus from the cloud. These articles cover how to use the Office Deployment Tool as part of an end-to-end deployment. Instead of creating the configuration file in a text editor, as the articles recommend, you can use the Office Customization Tool.
To learn about the settings for the Office Customization Tool, see Configuration options for the Office Deployment Tool.