How To Disable Click-To-Run In Microsoft Office

Picture this: You’re in the zone, working on an urgent project, and suddenly, Microsoft Office decides it’s time for an update. You’re abruptly pulled out of your flow, waiting for the Click-to-Run feature to do its thing. If only there was a way to take back control. Well, good news—there is!

Click-to-Run, while helpful for automatic updates, can be a bit intrusive at times. But fear not, fellow Windows enthusiasts! I’ve delved into the depths of this feature and emerged with the key to disable it, granting you the power to choose when updates occur.

Before we dive into the steps, let me assure you: I’ve walked this path myself. Office applications constantly interrupting my work? Been there. That’s why I sought a solution—a way to silence the intrusive Click-to-Run.

Step 1: Launch any Office Application Open your preferred Office app, be it Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or others. Click on “File” in the top left corner to access the menu.

Step 2: Navigate to Account Settings In the File menu, select “Account” or “Office Account,” depending on your Office version.

Step 3: Locate Office Updates Look for the “Update Options” or “Office Updates” section. Here, you’ll find various update preferences.

Step 4: Disable Click-to-Run Within the update settings, you’ll likely encounter an option related to Click-to-Run. You might find checkboxes or drop-down menus to adjust update preferences. Select the option that allows you to disable Click-to-Run or change the update channel to a less frequent one.

Step 5: Apply Changes After making your selection, save the changes. The interface may prompt you to restart your Office applications for the changes to take effect. Don’t hesitate—go ahead and restart to experience the freedom from intrusive updates.

Voila! You’ve reclaimed control over Office updates. No more sudden interruptions—just smooth, uninterrupted work sessions.

Now, a word of caution: while disabling Click-to-Run grants autonomy over updates, it’s important to manually check for updates periodically. Keeping your Office suite up-to-date ensures you have access to the latest features, security patches, and performance improvements.

For those seeking a detailed walkthrough with visual aids, Microsoft’s official support page provides step-by-step instructions with screenshots. You can find it here.

In my experience, disabling Click-to-Run has significantly reduced interruptions during crucial work hours. However, each user’s preferences may differ, so feel free to explore and find what works best for you.


Taking charge of Office updates doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a few simple steps, you can bid farewell to intrusive Click-to-Run interruptions and welcome seamless productivity.

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Benjamin Johnson

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