How to complete the install process

Here are the steps to complete the installation and activation process on your PC or Mac.

Install Office on a PC

  1. Depending on your browser, select Run (in Edge or Internet Explorer), Setup (in Chrome), or Save File (in Firefox).

    If you see the User Account Control prompt that says, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? select Yes.

    The install begins.

    Shows the progress dialog box that appears when Office is installing

  2. Your install is finished when you see the phrase, "You're all set! Office is installed now" and an animation plays to show you where to find Office applications on your computer. Select Close.

    Office is installed now. Select Close

Installation or sign in issues?

If you're having an installation issue such as Office taking long to install, try Need help? for a list of common issues.

Activate Office on a PC

  1. To open an Office app, select the Start button (lower-left corner of your screen) and type the name of an Office app, like Word.

    If you have Windows 8.1 or 8.0, type the name of an Office app on the Start screen. Can't find your Office apps?

  2. To open the Office app, select its icon in the search results.

  3. When the Office app opens, accept the license agreement. Office is activated and ready to use.

    Note: The Activation Wizard appears if Office has trouble activating. Complete the steps in the wizard to finish activating Office.

Install Office on a Mac

  1. Once the download has completed, open Finder, go to Downloads, and double-click Microsoft Office installer.pkg file (the name might vary slightly).

    The Downloads icon on the Dock shows the Office 365 installer package

    Tip: If you see an error that says the Microsoft Office installer.pkg can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, wait 10 seconds and move the downloaded file to your desktop. Hold Control + click the file to launch the installer.

  2. On the first installation screen, select Continue to begin the installation process.

    First Mac 2016 installation screen with "Continue" highlighted
  3. Review the software license agreement, and then click Continue.

  4. Select Agree to agree to the terms of the software license agreement.

  5. Choose how you want to install Office and click Continue.

  6. Review the disk space requirements or change your install location, and then click Install.

    Note: If you want to only install specific Office apps and not the entire suite, click the Customize button and uncheck the programs you don't want.

  7. Enter your Mac login password, if prompted, and then click Install Software. (This is the password that you use to log in to your Mac.)

    Enter your admin password to begin installing
  8. The software begins to install. Click Close when the installation is finished. If Office installation fails, see What to try if you can't install or activate Office for Mac.

    Shows the final page of the installation process, indicating that the installation was successful.

Activate Office on a Mac

  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock to display all of your apps.

    Shows the Launchpad button in the Dock
  2. Click the Microsoft Word icon in the Launchpad.

    Shows the Microsoft Word icon in a partial view of the Launchpad
  3. The What's New window opens automatically when you launch Word. Click Get Started to start activating. If you need help activating Office, see Activate Office for Mac. If Office activation fails, see What to try if you can't install or activate Office for Mac.

    Start activating Word 2016 for Mac
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