Microsoft Office Click to Run

Baylor ITS is utilizing a new deployment model of Microsoft Office for Windows desktop clients called Click to Run. Since Microsoft no longer releases features and security upgrades separately, this version is recommended as best practice. Click to Run will be installed on all computers running the Windows OS. The Click to Run versions of Office will mirror the same versions of the Office applications running in Office 365.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click to Run

1. Why is Baylor changing to this version Office 365?
2. How does it work?
3. When will this happen?
4. Will anything be changing with the Office applications on MacOS?
5. After moving to the Click to Run version of Office, where will my files be saved?
6. Will Visio and Project work with Click to Run?
7. Why did my Office icons disappear in my taskbar?
8. How to verify you are running Click-to-Run Version of Microsoft Office.




Click to Run

1. Why is Baylor changing to this version Office 365?
Microsoft will begin packaging both the security and feature upgrades for all Office 365 products into one version called Click to Run. As a result, it is important that all Baylor systems running the Windows OS use the Click to Run version of the Microsoft Office products so that the critical OS upgrades are deployed as soon as they are tested and available to campus users.

2. How does it work?
The initial transition will work in much the same way as a typical Office update. The applications and documents will need to be closed during the transition from the current deployment model to Click to Run. However, one of the benefits of Click to Run is the process of updating moving forward.

In the future, when the Click to Run version is launched on the desktop, it will check via the network to see if the correct version is installed. If not, it automatically downloads the updates in the background. Once it is finished downloading to your computer, you will be prompted to restart the application. You may continue to work in the application until you finish what you are working on, save it, then restart the application. It will not interrupt your session until you are ready to restart.

3. When will this happen?
Our projected plan is to begin converting all campus computers currently running Office 2016 to the Click to Run version beginning July 5. All computers running older versions of Office will be converted beginning the week of July 10.

4. Will anything be changing with the Office applications on MacOS?
Currently, the Click to Run deployment model is only available on Windows OS. Office running on MacOS will continue to receive updates as it does now.

5. After moving to the Click to Run version of Office, where will my files be saved?
Starting with v2016, the Office apps gained the ability to store documents in the cloud. Where the applications save your documents by default is dependent on your settings and preferences.

6. Will Visio and Project work with Click to Run?
Yes, if you are currently running versions 2010, 2013, or 2016 of these products. However if you use these programs, you will be in the last group to be updated to Click to Run. We recommend updating these applications to version 2016.

7. Why did my Office icons disappear in my taskbar?
If you were running Office 2013 and was converted to Office Click to Run, you may need To reset your pins. Go to Start Menu Find the Application in the list (alphabetical) Right Click on the application name Choose Pin to Taskbar (If you don't see this option, choose "More Items")

8. How to verify you are running Click-to-Run Version of Microsoft Office.