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Specifies the support options for Java applications in Office, including which Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to use. It also specifies whether to use experimental (unstable) features such as macro recording.

To access this command...

Choose Tools - Options - Office - Advanced.

Options Advanced Dialogue Box Image

Some options cannot be reset once edited. Either edit back the changes manually or click Cancel and reopen the Options dialogue box.

Java options

The current list of Office modules and resources that depends on Java is available in the wiki.

Use a Java runtime environment

Allows you to run Java applications in Office. When a Java application attempts to access your hard drive, a prompt opens.

Make sure to install a JRE compatible with the Office architecture: 64-bit JRE for 64-bit Office and 32-bit JRE for 32-bit Office.

Java runtime environments (JRE) already installed:

Select the JRE that you want to use. On some systems, you must wait a minute until the list gets populated. On some systems, you must restart Office to use your changed setting. The path to the JRE is displayed beneath the list box.

You can override the default JRE of the operating system with one of the following alternatives:

  • By setting the environment variable JAVA-HOME,
  • By adding a JRE to the $PATH variable,
  • By providing the configuration file javasettings-Windows-X86-64.xml javasettings-Linux-X86-64.xml javasettings-${-OS}-${-ARCH}.xml in the folder /presets/config.


Add a path to the root folder of a JRE on your computer. The path is set in the following dialogue box.


Opens the Java Start Parameters dialogue box.

Class Path

Opens the Class Path dialogue box.

Optional Features

Enable experimental features

Enables features that are not yet complete or may contain known bugs. The list of these features is different version by version, or even it can be empty.

Enable macro recording

Enables macro recording. The Tools - Macros - Record Macro menu item is available.

Expert Configuration

Opens the Expert Configuration dialogue box for advanced settings and configuration of Office.