Activate Office 365 Home, Personal, University, or Office 2013

In many cases, you won’t need a product key to activate Office. However, if you do need one, here’s where to find it:

Office 2013 | Office 365 Home, Personal or University | Office for Mac 2011

Activate Office on a Windows computer

If you’re connected to the Internet when you install Office, it should automatically activate for you. If it doesn't, open an Office application, click File > Account > Activate Product.

Activate Office on a Mac computer

  1. Open an Office application and click Activate Now.

  2. In the Get Started wizard, click Sign in to an existing Office 365 subscription, and sign in with the email address that’s associated with Office.

    Note   If you have Office as a one-time purchase, see Activate Office for Mac 2011.

    Office for Mac home installation page where you sign in to an existing Office 365 subscription.

Activate a free Office 365 subscription that came with your computer

  1. On the Start screen, click the Office tile.

  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one.

  3. At the bottom of your screen, click Run.

    Image of the "Run" button that you choose to start to install.

  4. Follow the prompts to install Office.

Activate Office 2013 on a different PC

If you move Office 2013 to a different PC, you’ll need to activate by phone. You’ll find the number in the Activation Wizard:

  1. In any Office application, click File > Account > Activate Product.

  2. In the Activation Wizard, click I want to activate the software by telephone > Next.

  3. Select your country/region.

  4. Call the Product Activation Center phone number that’s under Step 1.

Activate a volume license

To activate a commercial or enterprise copy of Office, see Activate volume editions of Office.

Applies To: Access 2013, Excel 2013, InfoPath 2013, Lync 2013, Outlook 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, Word 2013, Office 2013, OneNote 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project 2013 Standard, Visio 2016 Preview, Lync 2013 for Office 365, Skype for Business, Office 2016 for Mac

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