Install Microsoft Office without installing Outlook

Last reviewed on October 20, 2012   —  5 comments

Not everyone uses Outlook and generally speaking, if you don't use Outlook you shouldn't install it. Office updates have a habit of installing updates for Outlook, even if you are not using it, and then setting Outlook as the default email client, so not installing Outlook (or uninstalling Outlook later) is recommended to avoid the annoyance.

You nay also need to use this method if you are installing another version of Office and want to keep your current version of Outlook.

When you are installing Office, don't use the default install - which is identified by the big Install Now button (it may be labeled differently in older versions of Office).

Choose Install Now for the default installation or Customize to select the programsChoose the Customize button and change Outlook (and any other applications you won't use) to Not Available. I don't recommend changing the settings for many of the optional files unless you know exactly what the file does; you might soon discover that features you want to use don't work as expected.

After clicking Customize, a screen comes up with a list of the Office applications.

Choose the features you want installedClick the menu to view the installation options for the application or click the + (plus sign) to expand the list and change the installation options for features of the application.

Choose Not Available for any feature you don't want installedIn the case of Outlook, you want to select it and set the entire program to Not Available.

Repeat for any other application your don't want to install then complete the installation wizard

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Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

Please post long or more complicated questions at Outlookforums.

5 responses to “Install Microsoft Office without installing Outlook”

  1. Andy Gadsby

    Is it possible to run a custom install on OFFICE 2013?
    (I want to load office WITHOUT Outlook as it conflicts with our older server software)
    Microsoft confirm not and suggested I install from a backup disc... but this also does
    not provide a custom install)
    home & Student looks good but we are a commercial business so...arghhh
    thanks for any hints and tips

  2. Andy Gadsby

    thanks Diane, I have got our IT man on the case now! if only we could just move over totally to office 2013! regards Andy

  3. Joel Bancroft-Connors

    Thanks for the reply. So.. Requires always being online and working with just the web interface, right?

    Exchange mailbox: This requires setting up an exchange server. That sounds outside the scope of a family or home business setup. There isn't a home level solution for this is there?

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