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 365 for business | 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 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.

Activate Office for Mac 2011

  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 Office 2016 for Mac

After Office 2016 for Mac is installed, Word 2016 for Mac opens so you can activate Office and confirm your subscription. You should only have to do this once.

  1. Review the Word 2016 for Mac What's New screen, and then select Get started.

    What's New screen when you first start an Office app you just installed
  2. On the Sign in to Activate Office screen, select Sign In, and then enter the same Microsoft account credentials you used to purchase and download Office 2016 for Mac.

  3. After you sign in, you may see an alert asking for permission to access the Microsoft identity stored in your keychain. Select Allow or Always Allow to continue.

  4. On the next screen, choose an appearance for your Office installation, select Continue, and then select the Start Using Word button to open the app and complete the Office 2016 for Mac activation.

    Screen showing "You're all done" with "Start Using Excel" button

What to try if you can't install or activate Office 2016 for Mac

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