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September 23, 2020

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(Updated) Office Scripts to be enabled by default

MC221139, Plan For Change, Originally Published date: Aug 29, 2020

Action required by Oct 1, 2020

Major update: Announcement
Applies To: All

Updated September 18, 2020: We have updated the title to more accurately reflect the state of the change. Additionally, we have provided more details about the timeline. We apologize for any confusion. Thank you for your feedback.

In January, we released Office Scripts, a feature that enables users to automate their repetitive tasks in Excel Online, for public preview. We are now transitioning from public preview to making Office Scripts available by default for your organization.

Key points

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 61687
  • Timing:
    • The admin control is available now
    • Targeted release admin control enforcement has begun
    • Standard release admin control enforcement begins October 1, 2020
  • Roll-out: tenant level
  • Control type: admin control (available now)
  • Action: Standard release, review and assess by October 1, 2020

How this will affect your organization

Office Scripts is an automation platform in Excel Online that allows users in your organization to create and record scripts to automate their repetitive workflows. With this change, the feature will be available by default for your organization unless you take action.What you need to do to prepare

This feature ships default On. If you would like to disable this feature, you need to act by October 1, 2020. 

Office Scripts settings
Office Scripts settings

If you would like to manage how Office Scripts is used in your organization, go to the M365 admin center, select Settings > Org settings. Then, select Office Scripts to view the Office Scripts admin controls. These controls will be available on August 31, 2020. 

  • To block Office Scripts use in your tenant, deselect ‘Let users automate their tasks in Office on the web’. This will hide the Automate tab for everyone in your tenant.
  • This feature is on by default. Should you disable and then wish to enable the feature, select ‘Let users automate their tasks in Office on the web’. The global admin can choose to either allow all users access or create a specific group of users who have access to Office Scripts.
  • Once the ‘Let users with access to Office Scripts share their scripts with others in the organization’ checkbox is selected, the global admin can also choose whether or not a user can share scripts within an organization. No external sharing is allowed.

Note:

  • If your organization is not currently opted-in to the Office Scripts public preview experience, these controls will only affect Targeted Release users until the change is released to the rest of the organization. ​​​​​​​

Learn more: Manage Office Scripts settings 

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