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#237977 27-Jun-2018 15:49

An MS office option comes up as an add-on when buying a Lenovo.  $99 for word, excel, one note, outlook and publisher.  Will not use onenote, outlook and publisher.  Not complaining about the price but the three application I wont use - They will take up space and be subject to updates etc. 


Can I get rid of them in isolation of word and excel?





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  #2044856 27-Jun-2018 16:05
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I purchased a Lenovo desktop with MS Office bundle It came as an authorization key to down load and install over the internet. The initial step was an install configurator which had a custom install option allowing you to pick and choose applications


Caution: This was several years ago it may have changed

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  #2044858 27-Jun-2018 16:11
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I don't remember seeing the option to install only certain components during the software installation process for a long time.....  it is do-able but a bit technical in that there is a lot of mucking around involved with XML configuration files that tell the installer which components to leave out.  You don't save a massive amount of space as there are a lot of shared components.


The $99 is highly likely to be an annual subscription that lets you use the latest version and get all of the feature upgrades as they are released, not a purchase.  I would expect it to be Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal or something like that.


Purchasing Office 2016 Home & Student version which is a perpetual license to use as long as you like is typically around $250 and is harder to find....  you will likely have to go to a retail store for this.


If it's just for you and you won't be sharing many files, consider trying one of the open source alternatives like 

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