This guide is written with the expectation that you have installed CrossOver and are ready to install Office. If not, go to the CrossOver overview page for Microsoft Office 2016 and follow the steps described there to get ready to install Office.
Note: If using the ODT installation method, Office will not install as part of the CrossOver Software Installer wizard. Use the 'Run Command' inside the newly created bottle to navigate to and launch your batch file. During a download you will not receive progress updates, however the Office 2016 Pro Plus and Visio is approx. 1.8GB so you can monitor the download directory size or the log file to monitor progress. During install you will receive visual progress updates.
Don't use an ISO
Based on the reports in the forums (as well as our own experience), installing from an ISO image does not appear to work (at least in version 17.0.0 of CrossOver). Microsoft discontinued the ISO version of Office 2016 in quarter 3 of 2017, with the Click-to-run installer being the default supported method of installation from that point on for end users.
Click-to-Run (C2R) - Default installation method
The standard installation method is to use the click-to-run installer from Microsoft which downloads the files and installs the software into the bottle.
Where to get it
You can download the installer if you have an active or trial Microsoft Office 365 subscription from https://www.office.com.
The following page provides in depth guidance from Microsoft of how to install the software, however for the purpose of installing using CrossOver, you can refer to this for the purpose of how to obtain the installer file and save it to disk so that you can execute it within CrossOver.
Office Deployment Tool (ODT) for Click-to-Run (C2R) - Alternative installation method
The ODT is a useful alternative to the C2R tool as it enables Office products to be downloaded and deployed from local disk, is available publicly from Microsoft regardless of whether you have a Office subscription or license so enables you to test Office on CrossOver easily and repeatedly.
There are many other features to the ODT, however for the purposes of installing Office in CrossOver, these are the most valuable.
The ODT is a Microsoft command line executable you download and run inside a bottle to perform a Office download or installation.
Where to get it
The ODT can be obtained from Microsoft at the below link or by searching for 'Microsoft Office 2016 Deployment Tool' in Google.
Further information on the ODT
The ODT uses a configuration.xml file to automate the installation. A simple DOS batch file can be created to execute the download or installation.
Refer to the previous link for information on the options available in the configuration.xml file. Below is an example of an ODT installation setup:
Organise the following all in the same folder (anywhere in your Linux install):
setup.exe /configure o365proplusretail-configuration.xml
setup.exe /download o365proplusretail-configuration.xml
<Add OfficeClientEdition="32" >
<Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail" >
<Language ID="en-us" />
<Product ID="VisioProRetail" >
<Language ID="en-us" />
<Updates Enabled="TRUE" />
<Display Level="Full" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />
<Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="1" />
<Logging Level="Standard" Path="Y:\ />
Notes on the above example
How to select the correct Office software for your license/subscription
Microsoft Office comes in a variety of plans and software packages so it is important to ensure you install the option that is suitable for your license or subscription or you will need to install again.
The following link from Microsoft advises which Product ID's (Software packages) are associated with each plan:
Note: The above Microsoft article does not include the Product ID for Microsoft Office 2016 Standalone which is typically associated with licenses purchased through the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP). The product ID for this is ProPlusRetail (Source: https://answers.microsoft.com/...). These installations are licensed by a Product Key rather than a subscription.