If the Office click-to-run service is using too much CPU or Memory, follow these steps to fully disable Office Click to Run service in Windows 10.
After installing the Microsoft Office suite, it automatically creates a new service in Windows 10 and configures it to run in the background. The service is called as Office Click-to-Run service and it runs constantly in the background. Whether you are actively using the Microsoft Office or not, the Office Click to Run service will run in the background. For the most part, the Office CTR service is pretty unintrusive and just sits in the background until it is needed. Moreover, depending on your Office version, it doesn't use any CPU resources on idle and consumes less than 50 MB memory.
That being said, if the Office Click to Run service is misbehaving or if it is just bothering you that an idle process is just sitting in the background, you can completely disable it.
In this quick guide, let me show you the steps to quickly disable Office Click to Run service in Windows 10.
Steps to Disable Office Click to Run Service
You can stop and disable Microsoft Office Click to Run service directly from the services.msc app. Just find the service in services.msc, open its properties, and set it to Manual or Disabled. Here are the steps on how you can do that.
- Open the Run window with the "Win + R" key shortcut.
- Type "services.msc" in the blank field.
- Click on the "OK" button to open the Services window.
- After opening Windows services, find the "Microsoft Office Click-To-Run Service".
- Right-click on it and select the "Properties" option.
- Click the "Stop" button in the Properties window.
- Next, select "Manual" from the Startup type dropdown menu.
- Click on the "Apply" button.
- Click "Ok".
- Close the Services window.
- Restart Windows 10.
That is all. From now on, the Office Click to Run service will not start automatically.
However, you can start the service manually or it starts itself when you open a Microsoft Office application. For example, if you open a Word document or Excel sheet, the Office click to run service will start automatically.
Note: If the Office CTR service is running without you starting or launching an office app, select the "Disabled" option in Step 7. This option will completely disable the Office Click to Run service. However, I don't recommend you fully disable the service as it is required by the Office suite to run its applications and install Office specific updates.
Why Does Office CTR Running in the Background?
As I said before, the Office CTR service automatically launches itself and runs in the background as soon as you open a Microsoft Office application. This is because the Office CTR service is required for Office apps to run. The Office CTR service provides the streaming and virtualization technology that is required for running the Office apps. In addition to that, the Office CTR service is also responsible for installing and updating the Office suite. So, if you fully disable the Office CTR service, you might not be able to install Office updates.
That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to download the Microsoft Office ISO installer.