Public Preview refresh for the Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run


Over the past 6 months we have been working on many improvements to the Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run as we work toward the public release of this tool later this year.  Many of these improvements were added based on direct feedback from our customers, so thank you for taking the time to let us know how we can improve this experience.


Today we released the following improvements to the Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run:


  • A new Upgrade section was added, allowing you to select the new options for automatically upgrading from older MSI based Office products when you deploy Office 365 ProPlus.  Refer to this article for more information on using the Remove MSI feature.



  • A new language experience allowing you to easily specify the primary language and any additional language packs and proofing tools.  In addition, this new experience also allows you to select the ‘Match OS’ language option as well as the ability to fall back to the CDN for scenarios where clients are installing for a local source that many not contain all the specified language packs.  For more information on ‘Match OS’ refer to this article.



  • A new mode was added to the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) that allows you to apply only the Application Settings that are defined in the configuration XML file.  Refer to this article for information on using the new /customize mode.  If your configuration XML contains application settings they will also be applied automatically during the installation of Office when using the /configure mode.



Chris Hopkins

Senior Program Manager - Office

2 Replies

Is the "IgnoreProduct" function available or do I still need the old ODT for that?  Thanks




The IgnoreProduct attribute is not exposed as an option in the site.  I suggest you manually add this to the XML once you export if you need to create a configuration that leaves Visio and/or Project on the device.  We are looking at updating the site to include the ability to do this.