Update Office and your computer with Microsoft Update

Software isn't perfect, and that's why most software companies give you updates.

The best way to get your Microsoft updates is to set your computer to install them automatically, and you can do that in Windows. Office updates are part of the Microsoft updates you get after you set up getting updates in Windows.

You can also get updates manually at any time. We recommend that you use automatic updating—but if you choose not to, be sure to check for updates at least once a week.

Turn on automatic updates in Windows 10

If you didn't turn on automatic updating when you first started using your PC, you can change your settings any time in Windows Update.

  1. Open Windows Update by choosing Start > Settings > Update and security.

    Getting to Settings from Start in Windows 10

    Setting Windows Updates in Windows 10

  2. Choose Advanced options.

  3. Under Choose how updates are installed, choose the options that you want, including checking the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows box so you can get Office updates.

    Windows Update Advanced options

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Turn on automatic updates in Windows 8 or 8.1

  1. Open Control Panel by pressing the Windows logo key + X to see a list of commands and options, and then click Control Panel.

    Options and commands list see after pressing Windows logo key + X

  2. Choose System and Security.

    Windows 8 System and Security link in Control Panel

  3. Choose Windows Update.

    Windows 8 Windows Update link in Control Panel

  4. Choose Change settings, and choose or change the settings you want and remember your computer has to be on at the time you selected to install new updates, including checking the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows box so you can get Office updates.

    Windows 8 Windows Update Settings in Control Panel

Turn on automatic updates in Windows 7

  1. Close all open programs.

  2. Choose Start > Control Panel.

  3. Choose System and Security (which you see when you view Control Panel by Category).

    The Windows 7 Control Panel

  4. Choose Windows Update.

    The Windows Update link in Control Panel

  5. In the left-hand pane, choose Change Settings.

  6. Under Important Updates, choose Install updates automatically and under Microsoft Update check the Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows box to get the Office updates.

    Your IT department might set automatic updates for you. If they do, you'll see the message in the yellow bar, and you won't be able to use the Important Updates list or set dates and times, like so:

    Automatic update settings

  7. Select any other options, and remember your computer has to be on at the time you selected to install new updates.

    Tips   

    • If you view the items in Control Panel by their icons instead of categories, you choose System > Windows Update > Change Settings.

    • You'll receive updates for Office, Windows, and other products like Zune.

    • Updates come in three flavors: Important, Recommended, and Optional. You'll only get the important updates unless you select the second option Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.

    • It's a good idea to install the recommended updates. The optional updates may be things you don’t need, like the ability to change the language in your Office programs. It doesn't hurt to install them, but you have to get those updates manually.

Turn on automatic updates in Windows Vista

  1. Choose Start, point to All Programs, and then choose Windows Update.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • If updates need to be installed, choose Install updates.

    • To start checking for updates, choose Check for updates.

    • For more information, choose View available updates.

In the Windows Update dialog box, choose the links to make changes or learn more about the update process.

  • Check for updates     Search for available updates.

  • Change settings     Select options for how your computer receives updates from Microsoft.

  • View update history     View what has been installed and the status of those installations.

  • Restore hidden updates     Hide updates from your computer and install them later.

  • Updates: frequently asked questions     Learn more about the update process.

Turn on automatic updates in Windows XP

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel.

  2. Choose Performance and Maintenance, and then double-click System.

  3. In the System Properties dialog box, choose the Automatic Updates tab.

  4. Choose the settings you want to use.

  5. Choose Apply > OK.

Note   In Classic view, double-click System, and then click the Automatic Updates tab.

Get updates manually

Office 2016 Preview
  • In an Office 2016 Preview application, like Word 2016, choose File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

    Manually checking for Office updates in Word 2016
Office 2013
  • In an Office 2013 application, like Word 2013, choose File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

    Manually checking for Office updates in Word 2013
Office 2010
  • In an Office 2010 application, like Word 2010, choose File > Help > Check for Updates.

    Manually checking for Office updates in Word 2010
Office 2007
  • In an Office 2007 application, like Word 2007, choose Microsoft Office Button Office button image > Word Options > Resources > 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 click Install so you can check for updates.

For your operating system
  1. For your operating system, follow the steps above to go to Windows Update.

  2. Choose Check for Updates. Here's what it looks like in Windows 7.

    Checking for new updates

  3. Select the updates you want to install, and choose OK.

    Selecting an update

  4. Click Install Updates.

Applies To: Word 2016 Preview, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2010, Visio Professional 2013, Outlook 2007, OneNote 2016 Preview, Project Professional 2013, PowerPoint 2013, InfoPath 2013, Project Standard 2016 Preview, Excel 2016 Preview, Visio 2007, Visio Standard 2010, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2010, Excel 2013, Word 2007, OneNote 2007, Publisher 2007, Publisher 2010, Project Professional 2016 Preview, Publisher 2013, Outlook 2013, Access 2007, Office 2010, Access 2013, Visio Standard 2007, OneNote 2010, Word 2010, Excel 2007, Outlook 2016 Preview, PowerPoint 2016 Preview, Publisher 2016 Preview, Project Standard 2007, Project Standard 2013, PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2013, Project Standard 2010, Access 2010, Visio 2010, Visio 2013, Project 2010, InfoPath 2007, Access 2016 Preview



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