Customization of Microsoft® Office® 2010
Are you inquisitive about the customization and related tools for Microsoft Office 2010?
To customize an installation of Microsoft Office 2010, administrators can use the following tools, such as the Office Customization Tool (OCT), the Config.xml file or the Setup command-line options. To configure user and computer settings, administrators use either the OCT or Group Policy, depending on their business prerequisites. Administrators shall use the OCT to provide initial default values. However, users can change the settings after they have installed Microsoft Office. To implement settings, administrators shall use Group Policy. Administrators make use of Group Policy to define configurations one time, and then they rely on the operating system to implement that state. Group Policy for PCs is applied at computer start up and Group Policy for users is applied when users log on. It is applied subsequently in the background as well.
The customization tools for Microsoft Office 2010 are enumerated below:
- Office Customization Tool
- Config.xml file
- Set-up command-line options
Office Customization Tool
The Office Customization Tool (OCT) is part of the set-up program and is the primary tool for most customizations of Microsoft Office 2010. It saves customizations in a set-up customization (.msp) file, which is applied at either set-up time or at some stage in a maintenance mode operation. After you make a network installation point and before you install Office 2010, utilize OCT to customize the installation. To start OCT, first click 'Start', then 'Run', browse to the root of the network installation point that contains the Office 2010 source files, and then type 'setup.exe /admin' at the command prompt.
The Config.xml file is used to identify installation options, and it runs only during set-up. You can utilize the Config.xml file to configure most of the same options that you can configure with the OCT, including a few extra options that are not available in the OCT. The Config.xml is not installed or cached on user's PC. The Config.xml file that is saved in the core product folders directs set-up to install that product. If the network installation point contains multiple Office 2010 products, you can utilize the /config command line option when you run Setup.exe to identify the path of the Office 2010 product that you want to install, if you do this, it will stop set-up from prompting you about which product to install.
Administrators shall use Setup.exe command-line options to perform the tasks, like running the OCT to create a Setup customization (.msp) file, to specify a path of a specific Setup customization file or to the folder where you store Office 2010 customization files and also to specify the Config.xml file that set-up uses during the installation. Running set-up in maintenance mode and make changes to an existing Office installation and repairing set-up for the specified product from the user's computer is also done.
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