Install Office updates

Keeping Office up-to-date ensures that you have the latest security updates and fixes. If you're an Office 365 subscriber, you'll also get new and improved features. For information about Office for Mac updates, go to Check for Office for Mac updates automatically.

To turn on automatic updates or to get updates manually on a Windows PC, choose your Office version below:

Office 2016 for home products are kept up-to-date automatically, but if you want to make sure you have the latest update, follow the steps shown in this video and in the procedure below it.

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  1. Open any Office 2016 application, such as Word 2016 or Excel 2016, and create a new document.

  2. Choose File in the top left corner, and then choose Account from the list on the left (or Office Account if you opened Outlook 2016).

  3. Under Product Information, choose Update Options.

  4. Choose Enable Updates if the option is available and then choose Update Options again. If Enable Updates isn't available, automatic updates are enabled and you can go to the next step.

    Click Enable Updates
  5. Choose Update Now to manually check for and install Office updates.

    Manually checking for Office updates in Word 2016
  6. Close the "You're up to date!" window after Office is done checking for and installing updates.

Important: If Update Options is missing under Product Information, and the About button is the only option available, you either have a volume license install of Office 2016, or your company is using Group Policy to manage Office updates. Try Microsoft Update to get the latest Office 2016 updates or contact your company help desk.

Office 2013 for home products are kept up-to-date automatically, but if you want to make sure you have the latest update, follow the steps shown in this video and in the procedure below it.

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  1. Open any Office 2013 application, such as Word 2013 or Excel 2013, and create a new document.

  2. Choose File in the top left corner, and then choose Account from the list on the left (or Office Account if you opened Outlook 2013).

  3. Under Product Information, choose Update Options.

  4. Choose Enable Updates if the option is available and then choose Update Options again. If Enable Updates isn't available, automatic updates are enabled and you can go to the next step.

    Click Enable Updates
  5. Choose Update Now to manually check for and install Office updates.

    Manually checking for Office updates in Word 2016
  6. Close the "You're up to date!" window after Office is done checking for and installing updates.

Important: If Update Options is missing under Product Information, and the About button is the only option available, you either have a volume license install of Office 2013, or your company is using Group Policy to manage Office updates. Try Microsoft Update to get the latest Office 2013 updates or contact your company help desk.

To get the latest updates available for Microsoft Office 2010, follow these steps:

  1. Open any Office 2010 application, such as Word 2010 or Excel 2010, and create a document.

  2. Choose File in the top left corner, choose Help from the list on the left, and then choose Check for Updates.

    Manually checking for Office updates in Word 2010
  3. Choose Install Updates or Check for Updates. If neither option is available, follow the additional steps provided in the pop-up window that appeared after you chose Check for Updates.

Note: If these steps don't work or if you want to enable automatic updates, turn on Microsoft Update to install your Office updates through Windows.

To get the latest updates available for Microsoft Office 2007, follow these steps:

  1. Open any Office 2007 application, such as Word 2007 or Excel 2007, and create a document.

  2. Choose the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then choose Options (in Word, for example, it's called Word Options).

  3. Choose Resources from the list on the left, and then choose Check for Updates.

    Checking for Office updates in Word 2007

    Note: You might get asked to update your browser, but there should also be a tab titled Microsoft Update that you can go to and choose Install so you can check for updates. If these steps don't work, or if you want to enable automatic updates, turn on Microsoft Update to install your Office updates through Windows.

Thank you for using Office 2003. If you are looking for updates, Support has ended for Office 2003.

To use the newest features and get the most up-to-date security updates, we recommend you buy Office 2016.

Troubleshooting tips

  • Unable to update? Try Microsoft Update to install your Office updates through Windows.

  • If you're unable to update your 2016 or 2013 version of Office because your company is using Group Policy, you may need to contact your company's help desk.

  • If you would like to update Office but can't open any of your Office apps, try repairing your Office suite. Go to Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program. Find and select your version of Microsoft Office on your computer. In the bar above, click Change. Select Quick Repair and then click Repair. If this does not work, retry the steps, but choose Online Repair instead. If you are still unable to open any apps, uninstall and reinstall Office.

This article was last updated on August 30, 2016 because of your feedback. If you still need help setting up installing Office updates, tell us about your question in detail using the comment box below so we can address it in the future.

See Also

When do I get the newest features in Office 2016 for Office 365?

What's new and improved in Office 2016 for Office 365

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