For a few years now, I have had an MS Office subscription which over time evolved into an MS 365 Personal subscription. This allows me as a single user to run MS 365 including Office on up to 5 devices. My subscription currently lists 2 devices: a desktop computer (Dell XPS 8700, running Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, version 21H1 build 19043.1237) and a laptop (Dell Inspiron 15R 5537, running Windows 10 Home 64 bit, version 20H2 build 19042.1237) . Until a few days ago, MS Office was only installed on the desktop computer. The other day I decided I needed it on the laptop too. I called MS Support to help me with this process, and MS tech worked for over an hour, with many command line actions too fast for my old eyes to follow, to achieve.
On the desktop computer, there are no Office related icons in the double-click icon area on the left of the screen. On the taskbar is an icon for MS Office, resembling a bright red empty door frame, and separate icons for MS Outlook, MS Excel and MS Word. These last 3 are in fact superfluous, because all Office applications can be opened from the screen that appears by clicking on the “Office” icon. My taskbar is pretty cluttered, so I’ll probably remove the 3 separate icons for Office apps.
On the laptop, there are no Office related icons in the “double click” area on the left, and there is no taskbar icon for MS Office, or for any. Individual Office application, but instead individual Office applications have icons in a “tile” in a “Productivity” area to the right of the main menu – and visible only when the main menu is displayed. The other tiles in the “Productivity” area are Microsoft Edge, Photos, Microsoft Store, and Mail. Only 6 of the Office apps are shown in this tile: Outlook, Word, Excel, OneDrive, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
The two computers are on a home WiFI network which also includes a printer and a smartphone.
I don’t need the Office applications in a “Productivity” area, as an extra bundle of “tiles” attached to my main menu. I would much prefer to have the same setup on the laptop as on the desktop – a taskbar icon (the red door frame) from which I can launch any Office application I want. My question is: how can I achieve this?
Point of information: I don’t use the MS “Photos” application (I process thousands of photos, using VueScan and IrfanView), nor do I use Microsoft Mail (I use Outlook and Gmail for communication). The Microsoft Store is in my taskbar, as is MS Mail (although I don’t use it). All the applications of the MS Office components are of course also in the main menu, neatly arranged in alphabetical order. I don’t really need it in the “mosaic” area of the main menu; I would like to have them accessible via a single “open door” icon in the taskbar, like on my desktop computer. And no, I can’t find this “door” icon for Microsoft Office anywhere on the laptop – if I could find it, I could pin it to the taskbar, probably fixing the problem.
Thanks as always for the lighting.