If you want to write a text, you need MS Word. If you want to organize your finances or visualize some data, you need MS Excel. If you want to present a topic, you need MS PowerPoint. But do you need MS Access, MS Groove, MS InfoPath and many other programms you probably never heard of? I don’t. And I don’t want to waste precious SSD space for something I will never touch. Microsoft decided for us, that we want them. All of them. And if we install Office365, we get the entire bundle.

We could go Open Source. I love Open Source software. But when I am honest, OS sometimes lacks features, a propretary software would deliver. Other times, the UI is unneccessary cluttered and a pain to work with. E.g. GIMP and Photoshop. For me, Photoshop wins 10 out of 10 times. GIMP is a great alternative, don’t get me wrong, but Photoshop is just better. With Office it is similiar: LibreOffice is great, but MS Office is better. But if we choose the OS Office, we are still free to choose which App we want; as it was with MS Office bevore 2013.

From my University, I get MS Office for free. Therefore, the choice is simple. I want to install MS Office, but only the Apps I need. If you have to pay for Office365, please take a look at LibreOffice first. It is quite similiar to MS Office and completely free.

But how do you install a partial Office365 now?

How to install a partial MS Office

First you need the Office Deployment Tool. A tool made for businesses to decide which version and apps are wanted.

Important: THE MS Office RETAIL versions are maybe not supported.

After you downloaded it, you just execute it.

After you accepted the licence, it will ask you where you want the files to be unpacked. Just choose any folder of your liking. In my example, I choose C:\Users\Tyx\Downloads\office

When the tool is unpacked, you have to edit one of the xml files. Don’t worry. It is simple. Like writing a Word text.

Open your folder, where you have chosen to unpack the Office Deployment Tools and press right on the configuration-Office365-x64.xml file. Choose Open with then Notepad. If you want, you can also use any other editor for editing the XML file. I use Visual Studio Code. My absolute favorite editor. Also from Microsoft, but Open Source. Based on Atom from, now also Microsoft owned, GitHub. I highly recommend it to use for almost any file to edit or view.

You XML should now look like this:

Original configuration-Office365-x64.xml

Delete everything and replace it with the following code:

<Configuration>

  <Add SourcePath="" OfficeClientEdition="64">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
      <Language ID="en-us" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Excel" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="InfoPath" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="PowerPoint" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Project" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Skype" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="SharePointDesigner" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Visio" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Word" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Outlook" />
    </Product>
  </Add>

</Configuration>

Finally, deleteany item in the file, you want to install. For instance, the following code will install Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word:

<Configuration>

  <Add SourcePath="" OfficeClientEdition="64">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
      <Language ID="en-us" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="InfoPath" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Project" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Skype" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="SharePointDesigner" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Visio" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Outlook" />
    </Product>
  </Add>

</Configuration>

Installation

That is it. Now to install it, press  shift + right click in the folder and choose Open Powershell windows here.

Copy this code to the powershell console and press enter:

.\setup.exe /configure .\configuration-Office365-x64.xml

Accept the Windows UAC Message to run the setup as the administrator and OS Office will be installed.

Powershell installation

Further Information

This partial installation tutorial works also with Office2016 or Office2019.

If you want to learn more about the Office Deployment Tool options, go to the excellent Microsoft Doc.


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