Can't find Office applications in Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7?

Here are a few ways to find and open Office applications from the Start screen and taskbar in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7.

Got a Mac? If you're looking for how to dock the Office 2016 for Mac applications, please see Add the Office for Mac app icon to the dock.

Windows 10

Notes: In Windows 10, if you have more than 512 apps in your All apps, you may not see your app shortcuts in that list, on the Start menu, or when you search.

This issue has been fixed in the Windows 10 November update, which will automatically download and install when it’s available. If you don’t have the update yet, refer to this FAQ for a manual method to check for the update.

If you're not able to install the Windows 10 November update, or while you're waiting to install the update, you can use this workaround to find the apps : Office apps are missing from All apps on Windows 10.

Watch the video or follow the steps below the video to learn how to find your Office applications in Windows 10.

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  • Choose Start, and start typing the name of the application, like Word or Excel. Search opens automatically as you type. In the search results, click the application to start it.

    Start a Windows 10 search looking for apps or on the web
  • For Office 2016, choose Start > All apps, and scroll to the Office application name, like Excel.

    For Office 2013, choose Start > All apps, and scroll to the Microsoft Office 2013 group.

    See full list of apps installed on Windows 10

Tip: To open Office applications faster, pin them to your Start screen or the taskbar on your desktop. Right-click each application’s name and choose either Pin to Start or Pin to Taskbar.

Pin Office apps to Start or to taskbar in Windows 10

Windows 8.1 or Windows 8

Watch the video or follow the steps below the video to learn how to find your Office applications in Windows 8.

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  • On the Start screen, start typing the name of the application, like Word or Excel. Search opens automatically as you type. In the search results, click the application to start it.

    Important: You won’t find Office applications by searching for “Office”, so search for each application by name.

    Type the application name in the Search box

  • Swipe up or choose the arrow at the bottom of the Start screen to see a list of all your applications.

    Click the arrow at the left bottom of the screen

    You might need to scroll left or right to see the Microsoft Office group.

    Find the Office application by name

Tips: To open Office applications faster, pin them to your Start screen or the taskbar on your desktop. Right-click each application’s name and choose either Pin to Start or Pin to Taskbar.

Or you can use this Pin Microsoft Office programs to the taskbar troubleshooter to quickly pin the applications to the taskbar. Just click the troubleshooter link, click Open, and follow the steps in the troubleshooter.

Pin to Start

Can't find Office 2013 after refreshing Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?

If you can’t find Office after refreshing Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, it may have been removed. Select the version of Office you want to reinstall.

If you have this Office product

Sign in to install Office

An Office 365 subscription, such as:

  • Office 365 Home

  • Office 365 Personal

  • Office 365 University

A one-time purchase of Office 2016 or Office 2013 such as:

  • Office Home & Student

  • Office Home & Business

  • Office Professional

  • Individual 2016 or 2013 applications such as Word, Excel, or Project

  1. Go to http://www.office.com/myaccount.

    If prompted, sign in with the email address and password associated with your copy of Office.

  2. Select Install.

Tip: For complete installation steps, see Download and install or reinstall Office 365, Office 2016, or Office 2013 on your PC.

Office 365 for business subscriptions that include the desktop Office applications, such as:

  • Office 365 Business Premium (including corresponding Nonprofit plans)

  • Office 365 Small Business Premium

  • Office 365 Midsize Business

  • Office 365 Enterprise E3, E4, and E5 (includes corresponding Government, Education, and Nonprofit plans)

  • Office 365 ProPlus

  1. Go to https://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx.

    If prompted, sign in with the email address and password that you created or someone in your organization created on your behalf.

  2. Select Install.

Tip: For complete installation steps, see Download and install Office using Office 365 for business on your PC.

Note: If you're having trouble signing in, check that you're using the correct email and password. If you still can't sign in you may be using a different Office 365 service and have a different sign in location, see Where to sign in to Office 365.

Windows 7

  • Choose Start, type the name of the application, like Word or Excel, in the Search programs and files box. In the search results, click the application to start it.

    Search for Office apps in Windows 7

  • Choose Start > All Programs to see a list of all your applications.

    Search for Office apps using All Programs in Windows 7

    You might need to scroll down to see the Microsoft Office group.

    Office 2013 group under All Programs in Windows 7

Tip: To open Office applications faster, pin them to your Start menu or the taskbar on your desktop. Right-click each application’s name and choose either Pin to Start Menu or Pin to Taskbar.

Pin Office app to Start menu or taskbar in Windows 7



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