Category Archives: IT Tips

Customize Office 365 Home installation

I just switched from Office2019 retail to Office 365 Home edition.
And we also can’t choose which office program to install, which means by default access/outlook will be installed on my computer and OneNote will not be installed.

And I checked MS document (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/product-ids-that-are-supported-by-the-office-deployment-tool-for-click-to-run-77654e77-aaeb-4ed6-84eb-1d8b0e086590), it seems we can also use Office Deployment Tool to customize Office 365 Home/Personal installation.

1, go to https://config.office.com to generate a configuration file for installation. For Office Suites, you can choose Office365 Proplus, and we’ll change it after the configuration file is generated.
2, select the Apps you want to install.
3. For the update channel, select “Monthly”
4. Answer the rest questions
5. Click export to download the XML file.
6. Open the XML file, change prodouctID from O365ProPlusRetail to O365HomePremRetail or O365PersonalRetail.
7. Download office deployment tool from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49117
8, open command line, run

Done!

And below are my configuration files, you can use it if you want.

fix new iphone can’t sync with outlook.com issue

It seems Microsoft is encourage people to use the app outlook. The app is good, but I still need to sync the contact between my iphone and outlook to get my contacts number.
Spent some time to check this issue, here is the fix:

Disable Firefox 65+ urlbar/address bar suggestion popups

According to https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1502392, browser.urlbar.autocomplete.enabled pref is no more used in Firefox 65.
So you can’t set below pref to false to disable the annoying Firefox address bar/url bar popups.

The only way to disable the popup is to use userChrome.css to control Firefox User interface.
Add below line to userChrome.css, done.

Install / deploy Office Professional Plus 2019

Microsoft released Office 2019 yesterday. But it seems Microsoft push very hard to get people move from traditional office to office 365.

After I login Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center, I found that Microsoft stopped to provide the ISO for Office Professional Plus 2019. And Microsoft only provides the deployment tool to deploy office 2019.

Office Professional Plus 2019 will be released with Click-to-Run installation technology only. We are not providing MSI as a deployment methodology for Office Professional Plus 2019.

Ok, then how can we install Office Professional Plus 2019?

First of all, download Office_Deployment_Tools_2019_MLF_X21-88134.exe from Microsoft website.

Then create an xml file as following:

Please be aware “ProPlus2019Volume” is the only available channel for office 2019 “ProPlus2019Volume”.

3. Run below command to get office 2019 installed

And you can also download a copy of the installation files if you want via below command: