Reinstall Office 2013 after an Office 2016 upgrade

If you have an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscription, you now have the option to install Office 2016 or Office 2013 on your PC. You should only install Office 2013 if you’re having specific compatibility issues with your Office 2016 upgrade. If you connect to an Exchange 2007 mailbox, you might want to stay on Office 2013 or even uninstall Office 2016 and reinstall Office 2013.

Tip: You can create and share documents between Office 2016 and Office 2013 without worrying about compatibility issues. If you create a document using an Office 2016 application and you send it to someone who’s using Office 2013, the recipient can still open and edit the document in the corresponding Office application. The same is true for documents going from Office 2013 to Office 2016.

How to reinstall Office 2013 after upgrading to Office 2016

  1. Uninstall Office 2016 following the steps in, Uninstall Office 2016 from your PC.

  2. Reinstall Office 2013 following the steps in, Download and install or reinstall Office 2013.

Turn off notifications to upgrade to Office 2016

After you reinstall Office 2013, you’ll eventually receive notifications to upgrade to Office 2016.

Get the new Office

You can dismiss the notification, and it will disappear until the next time you launch an Office 2013 application. You can also permanently disable the notification by using an easy fix.

Use easy fix to permanently disable update notification
  1. Ensure you have the latest Office updates by following the steps in the section, "Get Office 2013 updates" in Install Office updates.

  2. Download this easy fix to have it set the registry key for you. Setting this registry key will disable the "Get the New Office" upgrade prompt.

See Also

What's the difference between Office 365 and Office 2016?

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