Saturday, 25 February 2017

Customize office C2R installation for Office 2013 and 2016 with Office Deployment Tool

Customize office C2R installation for Office 2013 and 2016 with Office Deployment Tool
MS Office is one of the most used office suit for all the office needs worldwide and it is available in different versions (2013/16/365). In the older versions, Microsoft used MSI installers which had the option to customize the installation of office, it means we could choose which application we want to install and which we don't but in the new versions of office Microsoft we can't customize the installation because Microsoft is using click to run installer for the installation of office. If you ask Microsoft about custom installation, they would say that it's not possible but actually it is possible using the office deployment tool. So in this article I'll tell you how to customize the office installation.
Follow the steps given below:

1. First of all download the offline ISO file of office from office.com/myaccount or from any mirror site (I'll use office 2016 Pro Plus in this tutorial).
2. After downloading the ISO file, mount it or extract it.
3. Inside the ISO file, you will get one folder, "Office" and two files, "autorun.inf" and "setup.exe". Now download the office deployment tool from this link: https://www.mediafire.com/?rg6cmy7y6i18lvq
4. After downloading the Office deployment tool, extract the file and you will get 3 files there, "Configuration.xml", "EULA" and "Setup.exe".
5. Now open the configuration.exe in notepad and you will see some code there which is given below:
<Configuration>
<Add SourcePath="YOUR OFFICE INSTALLATION FILE PATH\" OfficeClientEdition="32">
<Product ID="ProPlusRetail">
<Language ID="en-us" />
<ExcludeApp ID="Access" />
<ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
<ExcludeApp ID="InfoPath" />
<ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />
<ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive" />
<ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
<ExcludeApp ID="Outlook" />
<ExcludeApp ID="SharePointDesigner" />
<ExcludeApp ID="Visio" />
</Product>
</Add> 
6. You can edit the code as per your convenience and customize the office installation. You can replace the source path with your own path where you have kept the office installation files which you got after extracting the ISO. You can edit the value of office client edition to 32 if you want 32 bit setup and 64 if you want 64 bit setup. In the product ID value, you can type the product ID which you are using, in my case it's ProPlusRetail. In the same way, you can edit the language ID also. Now you need to decide which app you don't want to install and then add the app name in the ExcludeApp ID value. You can get the Product ID and App ID details from this documentation: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219426.aspx#bkmk_productelement
7. Once you are done with editing the xml file, save it.
8. Now open the office deployment tool folder and press and hold the shift key and while holding the shift key, right click in the empty area of the folder and click "Open Command Window Here". Command prompt will open.
9. Now type the following command: setup /configure configuration.xml and hit enter key.
10. That's it. Office installation will begin and only those components will be installed which were allowed in the xml file.
For better understanding, you may watch the video tutorial given below:


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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

How to reset Microsoft Word settings to default

How to reset Microsoft Word settings to default
Microsoft Word is the most used word processing application worldwide and it is popular on both Windows and Mac operating systems. It is the part of the Microsoft Office package which include other essential office applications. In MS Word, sometimes we make some settings which we forget later and it disturbs the whole formatting of any new document. In this situation we need to reset the word settings to default and there is a very simple method for that but note that follow the steps which I'm giving carefully because we are going to make changes in Windows Registry and if you try to play around with it, your OS might crash and your office application might start misbehave.

1. First of all open RUN box by pressing windows and R keys together.
2. Now in the RUN box, type regedit and click OK. It will open registry editor.
3. Now in the registry, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Office > 12 > Word and expand it.
(The number 12 might be different as per the version of office installed in your computer)
4. Now you should see "Data" folder there. Just right click on it and delete it.

How to reset Microsoft Word settings to default

5. Now open your Microsoft word, it should be rest to it's defaults and you can use it without any problems.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

How to disable useless google apps in non rooted android phones

How to disable useless google apps in non rooted android phones

Disabling google apps in non rooted android phones is a big question among android phone users and personally I also don't like being forced to keep the bloatware in my phone for no reason. These days, most of the android smartphone makers have their own custom ROMs ported over android OS and they have better apps available than the default google apps but still there is no any option to uninstall the pre installed google apps like hangouts, google play music, google play movies etc and it is possible only if you root your phone but most of the android users are not so advanced to understand the TWRP recovery and ROM flashing so they are always forced to keep the bloatware in their phones.
In this article, I'll tell you the process to disable the google bloatware in your android phone. Note that this process will not uninstall them but it will disable the bloatware and you won't be able to see their icons. Follow the steps given below:

1. Open google play store in your phone and tap over "Help and Feedback" option.
2. Now you will see the list of some help articles for google play. Tap over "Browse All Articles".
3. Now tap on the article "Uninstall, disable and delete apps".

How to disable useless google apps in non rooted android phones

4. Once the article is open, tap over "Tap to go to application settings".
5. Now the list of installed applications will open on the screen.
6. Tap over the application you want to disable and then tap "Disable". If it asks to uninstall the updates, uninstall them.

How to disable useless google apps in non rooted android phones

7. That's it, the application will be disabled. Using the same method you can disable all the useless google bloatware which you don't need and do better memory optimization for your phone.
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