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Choose the Office software that users can install from the Office 365 portal


Applies to: Office 365 ProPlus

Topic Last Modified: 2014-06-11

Summary: Shows how Office 365 administrators can control the Office software that users can install from the Office 365 portal.

Audience: IT Professionals

As an Office 365 administrator, you can use the user software page in the Office 365 admin center to allow or not allow users to install Office software from the Office 365 portal. For example, you might want to let users install Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but not Visio. Whatever you decide to do, your choice applies to all users.

This article is part of the Getting started guide for deploying Office 365 ProPlus. Use the roadmap as a starting point for articles, downloads, and videos that help you deploy Office 365 ProPlus in your organization.
Are you looking for help with installing Office with Office 365? If you are looking for help on how to install and use Office 365 on your computer, phone, or tablet, see Get started with Office 365 and Install Office with Office 365.

To choose which Office software that users can install from the portal
  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your administrator account.

  2. Go to Office 365 admin center > service settings > user software.

  3. In the Manage user software through Office 365 section, as shown in the following illustration, you will see a list of available Office software.

    Screen shot of the user software page in the Office 365 admin center
    • If the check box is selected, users can install that Office software. By default, all check boxes are selected.

    • Clear the check box if you don't want users to install that Office software.

    • If you make a change, click Save.

The list of Office software that appears on the user software page depends on the type of Office 365 subscription your organization has.

The following table lists the check boxes that might appear on the user software page and the Office software associated with each check box.


If you select this check box Users can install this Office software


  • Office 365 ProPlus

  • Office for Mac 2011

Office and Lync

  • Office 365 ProPlus

  • Office for Mac 2011

  • Lync 2013

  • Lync 2013 Basic

  • Lync for Mac 2011


  • Lync 2013

  • Lync 2013 Basic

  • Lync for Mac 2011


Project Pro for Office 365


Visio Pro for Office 365

SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer 2013

  • To install Office, users have to be assigned an Office 365 license. For more information, see Overview of licensing and activation in Office 365 ProPlus.

  • Users have to be local administrators on their computers to install Office software. If users aren't local administrators, you'll have to install Office for them. For more information, see Determine the deployment method to use for Office 365 ProPlus.

  • If you choose not to make Office software available to users, they’ll see the following message on their software page:

    The administrator has disabled Office installations. Contact your administrator for information about how to install Office.

  • Office 365 ProPlus includes Access, Excel, InfoPath, Lync, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word.

  • By default, Office 365 ProPlus installs as one package. This means that all Office programs are installed on the user’s computer. But, you can configure the deployment to exclude certain programs from being installed, such as Access or InfoPath.

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