Check for Office for Mac updates automatically

Microsoft AutoUpdate makes sure your copy of Office will always be up-to-date with the latest security fixes and improvements. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, you'll also receive the newest features and tools.

Set up Microsoft AutoUpdate

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

  2. On the top menu, go to Help > Check for Updates.

    Important: If you don't see Check for Updates on the Help menu, download the latest version of the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3133674. Run the tool and then start over at step 1. The Check for Updates option now appears on the Help menu.

    Help > Check for Updates
  3. Under "How would you like updates to be installed?", select Automatically Download and Install.

    Note: If you want to manually check for updates choose Manually. If you want to be notified of new updates but not apply them automatically, use the Automatically Check setting.

    Microsoft AutoUpdate for Mac
  4. 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.

Early access with Office Insider

You can join the Office Insider for Mac program to get early access to the newest Office innovations. To join, simply check the box Join the Office insider program to get early access to new releases. What is Office Insider?

More about Microsoft AutoUpdate

You can find Release notes for Office 2016 for Mac here. If you're looking for previous release downloads for Microsoft AutoUpdate, see Update history for Office 2016 for Mac.

Need help with Microsoft AutoUpdate?

If you're having trouble updating with Microsoft AutoUpdate, use these troubleshooting steps.

  1. Open Safari and download the latest version of Microsoft AutoUpdate.

  2. Open Finder. Press Command COMMAND +Shift+h.

  3. Go to Library > PrivillegedHelperTools and make sure that com.microsoft.autoupdate.helpertool exists. Run Microsoft AutoUpdate.

    If the file doesn't exist, redownload Microsoft AutoUpdate using the link above.

We are aware of an issue where older versions of Silverlight are causing Microsoft AutoUpdate to fail. See Microsoft AutoUpdate crashes with older versions of Silverlight for more information.

As of Aug, 22, 2016, Office for Mac 2016 has upgraded from 32-bit to 64-bit. If you're experiencing issues with your add-ons, they may be out-of-date. Learn more here.

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

Release notes for Office 2016 for Mac

Update history for Office 2016 for Mac

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