Check for Office for Mac updates automatically

Turn on AutoUpdate so your copy of Office will always be up-to-date. You can set AutoUpdate to check for updates each day, week, or month.

Note: As of Aug, 22, 2016, Office for Mac 2016 users will be upgraded from 32-bit to 64-bit. If you are experiencing issues with your add-ons, they may be incompatible with 64-bit. Learn more here.

  1. Open any Office application such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook.

  2. On the Help menu, select Check for Updates.

    Office for Mac Menu

    Important: If you don't see Check for Updates on the Help menu, download the latest version of the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool from Run the tool and then start over at step 1. The Check for Updates option now appears on the Help menu.

  3. Under How would you like to check for software updates? select Automatically.

    Office for Mac AutoUpdate

    (If you want to manually check for updates or you don't want AutoUpdate to appear automatically when new updates are available, under How would you like to check for software updates?, select Manually.)

  4. On the Check for updates pop-up menu, select the frequency that you want AutoUpdate to use to check for new updates.

  5. Click Check for Updates.

    If an update is available for your version of Office, you'll see a link to a website with more information about the update.

Tip: To get early access to new Office innovations, select Join the Office insider program to get early access to new releases. Learn more at Office Insider.

See Also

How do I get the newest features in Office 2016 for Office 365?

What's New and Improved in Office 2016 for Mac for Office 365

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