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.

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

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 Preview, 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. To reinstall Office:

If you're a home user, sign in to your account page and click Install.

If you’re a business user, sign in to the Office 365 portal and click Install.

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

Applies To: OneNote 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio Standard 2016 Preview, PowerPoint 2013, OneNote 2016 Preview, Access 2013, Excel 2013, Word 2013, Publisher 2016 Preview, Outlook 2016 Preview, PowerPoint 2016 Preview, Visio Professional 2013, Visio 2013, Excel 2016 Preview, Access 2016 Preview, Outlook 2013, Word 2016 Preview, Visio Professional 2016 Preview



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