Activate Office 2016 for Mac

If you haven't already installed Office 2016 for Mac, here's how:

Activate Office 2016 for Mac

  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock to display all of your apps.

    Shows the Launchpad button in the Dock
  2. Click the Microsoft Word icon in the Launchpad.

    Shows the Microsoft Word icon in a partial view of the Launchpad
  3. The What's New window opens automatically. Click Get Started to start activating.

    Start activating Word 2016 for Mac
  4. Click Sign in.

    Sign in to activate Word 2016 for Mac
  5. Enter the email address you used for your Microsoft account or the account assigned to you by your work or school, and click Next.

    Type email address to start activating
  6. Enter the email address and password you used for your Microsoft account or the account assigned to you by your work or school, and click Sign in.

    Sign in with email address and password
  7. The system checks if you have a valid license.

    Important: If you have multiple licenses, please follow the steps in the Activate with multiple licenses section.

    Looking for Office 2016 for Mac licenses
  8. After the license validates, it will activate the product.

    Please wait while Word 2016 for Mac tries to activate
  9. On the next screen, choose a theme for your Office install, and then click Continue.

  10. You're done! Click Start Using Word, to open and start using the app.

    Tip: To make the Office apps easy to launch, you can add the Office for Mac app icons to the dock.

    Start using Word 2016 for Mac

Activate with multiple licenses

For Office 2016 for Mac, you can have up to 25 licenses associated with the same Microsoft account: only one license for an Office 365 subscription and multiple Office 2016 for Mac Home and Student or Home and Business install on one Mac licenses.

If you have multiple Mac licenses associated with the same Microsoft account, it's best to start with an Office 365 subscription since you can always deactivate an installation from your subscription while you can't deactivate a one install license. If you don’t have an Office 365 subscription, start by using the license at the top of the list and moving your way down the list.

There isn't a way to track your one time licenses so we recommend you keep a list as to which license is activated on which device. If you don’t remember which license was used, you'll have to go through a process of elimination to determine which ones you've used so far.

If you have multiple licenses, all licenses will be shown, and you can select the license you want to use.

Choose Office 2016 for Mac license type

After the license validates, it will activate the product, and you can click Start Using Word to open and start using Office 2016 for Mac.

Multiple licenses and key already used

If you try to activate Office 2016 for Mac one time install and you get the error: Key already used, you will need to select another license to use. Click Cancel and you'll return to the license selection screen.

"Key already used" message when activating Office 2016 for Mac

The license that you tried to use is now grayed out. You can select any other license that hasn't been used.

Tried to activate license already used so license is grayed out

Troubleshoot activation failures

If for some reason, activation fails or you are having difficulty installing, see What to try if you can't install or activate Office 2016 for Mac.

You can also contact Microsoft support.

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