My private Microsoft Office check-list

Whether it is Office 2010 or 2013 (haven’t tried newer and already forgot about earlier) and whether it is on Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, the set of my preferred configuration options and elements is usually the same. So I decided to write it down here to keep track of it whenever I have to fresh-install Microsoft Office anywhere.

This article covers only configuration of each Office component that I use. For other things that I usually do or change during fresh-install of Office, please, refer to this article.

Notice that Office 2013 under Windows 10 is not the same as Office 2013 under Windows 7. It ships with a completely different configuration and thus many options listed in this article you will have to change only under Windows 10, because under Windows 7 they can be already in designated values.

Microsoft Word

  1. General group:
    • Start up options section: uncheck Show the Start screen when this application starts option,
    • Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office section: set Office Theme to Light Gray,
    • the last option can be set from any program and affects all of them.
  2. Proofing group:
    • AutoCorrect Options button: add auto-replacement of -- into ,
  3. Save group:
    • uncheck Show additional places for saving, even if sign-in may be required option,
    • check Save to Computer by default option,
    • set Default local file location field to: C:\Trash.
  4. Advanced group:
    • Editing options section: check Use the Insert key to control overtype mode option,
    • Cut, copy, and paste section:
      • set Pasting from other programs option to Keep Text Only,
      • set Insert/paste pictures as option to Top and bottom.
    • Show document content section: set Field shading option to Always.
  5. Quick Access Toolbar group:
    • remove Touch/Mouse Mode item,
    • add Publish as PDF or XPS item from File tab.

All changes listed here should be applied at once and should not need Microsoft Word to be restarted.

Microsoft Excel

  1. General group:
    • Start up options section: uncheck Show the Start screen when this application starts option,
    • Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office section: set Office Theme to Light Gray,
    • the last option can be set from any program and affects all of them.
  2. Save group (as above):
    • uncheck Show additional places for saving, even if sign-in may be required option,
    • check Save to Computer by default option,
    • set Default local file location field to: C:\Trash.
  3. Advanced group:
    • Editing options section: set Direction option to Right.
  4. Quick Access Toolbar group:
    • remove Touch/Mouse Mode item,
    • add Repeat item from Popular Commands tab.

All changes listed here should be applied at once and should not need Microsoft Excel to be restarted.

Microsoft Outlook

  1. General group:
    • User Interface options section: uncheck Enable Live Preview option,
    • Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office section: set Office Theme to Light Gray,
    • the last option can be set from any program and affects all of them.
  2. Mail group:
    • Compose messages section:
      • Spelling and Autocorrect... button:
        • Proofing_ group >AutoCorrect Optionsbutton: add auto-replacement ofinto—`.
        • `Advanced_ group:
          • Editing options section: check Use the Insert key to control overtype mode option,
          • Cut, copy, and paste section:
            • set Pasting from other programs option to Keep Text Only,
            • set Insert/paste pictures as option to Top and bottom.
      • Signatures... button: add default signature.
    • Outlook panes section > Reading Pane... button: set Wait5seconds before marking item as read option.
      Send messages section: uncheck Delete meeting requests and notifications from Inbox after responding option.
  3. People group:
    • Names and filling section: set Default "File As" order to First Last.
  4. Advanced group:
    • Outlook panes section: Navigation... button:
      • set Maximum number of visible items option to 3,
      • check Compact navigation option,
      • set Display in this order list to: Mail, Calendar, People and remaining ones.
    • International options section:
      • set Prefer encoding for outgoing messages to Unicode (UTF-8),
      • set Prefer encoding for outgoing messages vCards to Unicode (UTF-8).
  5. Quick Access Toolbar group:
    • add new items using down arrow next to last toolbar button:
      • “triple-set”: Reply, Reply All and Forward,
      • Delete.
    • add new items using More Commands... menu item:
      • add Move item from Home (Mail) tab as first item,
      • add Move to Other Folder item from Home (Mail) tab as second item,
      • add New Email item from Popular Commands tab as second to last item.
    • remove Touch/Mouse Mode item.
    • final order: Move, Move to Other Folder, Reply, Reply All, Forward, Delete, New Email and Send/Receive All Folders.
  6. Trust Center group > Microsoft Outlook Trust Center section > Trust Center Settings... button > Attachment Handling group > Attachment and Document Preview section: check Turn off Attachment Preview checkbox.
  7. In addition to all above Outlook settings done in File > Options you also have to:

Note that changes in 6th point (Trust Center group) requires Microsoft Outlook restart in order to take place. All other changes listed here are applied at once.

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