Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-02

The Office Customization Tool (OCT) is part of the Setup program and is the recommended tool for many customizations. By using the OCT, you customize Office and save your customizations in a Setup customization .msp file. You place the file in the Updates folder on the network installation point. When you install Office, Setup looks for a Setup customization file in the Updates folder and applies the customizations. The Updates folder can be used only to deploy software updates during an initial installation of Office 2013.

The OCT is part of setup and it is included in volume license versions of the product. You run the OCT by typing setup.exe /admin at the command line from the root of the network installation point that contains the Office 2013 source files. For example, use the following:

\\server\share\Office15\setup.exe /admin

Administrators use the OCT to create a setup customization .msp file. As in the Microsoft Office 2010 OCT, administrators can customize the following areas:

For information about the OCT, see