How To Add Programs to Office 2013

Office 2013 lets you custom install only the programs you need. But what if you need an Office program later? Here’s how to add them.

Office 2013 is currently in beta or Preview as Microsoft calls it, and is available to the public as well as MSDN and TechNet subscribers. I recently installed it on a fresh Windows 8 system, and didn’t include all of the programs that the suite offers. When you start the installation, choose the Custom option to install only the programs you need.

After you’ve done a custom install of Office, you might find later that you need another program offered in the suite. Here’s how to add them in Office 2013. For this article I’m using Office Professional Plus 2013 Preview, but the process is virtually the same for all versions.

Kick off the Office 2013 installer again, just like you did when you first installed it. After the initial splash screens, you’ll see the following windows. Select Add or Remove Features and click Continue.

Add or Remove Office 2013 Features

On the next screen click the dropdown menu next to the program(s) you want to add. Here I ‘m adding Outlook 2013. Click Run from My Computer then Continue.

Install Office Program

Now wait while the program(s) are configured and installed.

Configuration Progress

Success! Close out of the complete windows and restart any Office programs that may have been running.

Configuration Complete

Now you’ll find the new program icons in the Start menu or Start screen on Windows 8. In Windows 8, the first thing I do is pin the new Office program to the desktop taskbar from the Start screen.

Office Start Screen

Enjoy using your newly installed Office 2013 program.

Outlook in Office 2013



  1. Jack Busch

    October 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Nice tip. I foresee people doing this once they realize that OneNote is actually worthwhile. Took me years to hop on the OneNote wagon.

    • Brian Burgess

      October 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Yeah, and not having to install stuff you don’t use like Access or Publisher is nice to just have the essentials.

      I am still trying to get on the OneNote bandwagon full time. OneNoteMX for Windows 8 is kind of disappointing IMO.

      Plus, I really love Evernote…sigh…old habits are hard to break.

      • Jack Busch

        October 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        Yeah,I would love to use Evernote — except I work in an office with no Internet access. Blerg.

        • Steve Krause

          October 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

          Wow… you must get a lot of work done during the day!

      • Steve Krause

        October 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

        I’m the opposite. I’ve always been a huge fan of Onenote however I’ve tried to use Evernote. Evernote is good, don’t get me wrong but Onenote is just easy to use and well integrated into Office.

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