Check for Office for Mac updates automatically
Mark your calendars!
On Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10 AM Pacific Time, join the Office team on Twitter for a special TweetMeet! For a full hour, the app teams will be available to answer your questions about Office 2016 for Mac, Office for iPhone and iPad, and anything else you're curious about.
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
Open any Office application such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook.
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.
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.
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
Need help with Microsoft AutoUpdate?
If you're having trouble updating with Microsoft AutoUpdate, use these troubleshooting steps.
Open Safari and download the latest version of Microsoft AutoUpdate.
Open Finder. Press Command +Shift+h.
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 If you're experiencing issues with your add-ons, they may be out-of-date.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.