How to install the Office 365 desktop applications on your computer

A lot of Microsoft Office 365 plans include what’s called Desktop Licencing. This is the bit that lets you install the Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel on your computer. In this post we show you how to install Office 365 on your computer.

 

1.Sign in with your work or school account at https://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx.

 

If you don't see Office listed, your plan probably doesn't include Office applications. If you know your plan includes Office, you may not have a license assigned, see What Office 365 product or license do I have? If Office is not listed ask your Office 365 administrator to assign a license to you.

 

2. On the Office page, go to the version of Office you want to install. For example, your admin may have given you the option to install either Office 2016 or Office 2013.

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IMPORTANT: The process that installs Office 2016 also uninstalls all Office 2013 products. See "Stop, you should wait to install Office 2016" error or How do I reinstall Office 2013 after an Office 2016 upgrade.

 

3. Select a Language, and accept the default to install 32-bit, or select Advanced and choose 64-bit from the drop-down list. If you’re not sure which version to install, see Choose the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Office 2016.

 

IMPORTANT: If you currently have the 32-bit version of Office (or a single, stand-alone Office app such as Visio) installed on your PC, you'll need to uninstall that version before you can proceed with installing the 64-bit version.

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334. Select Install.

5. Depending on your browser, go to the install pop-up that appears and click Run (in Internet Explorer) Setup (in Chrome), or Save File (in Firefox).

NOTE: If you're using Edge, first click Save, and then click Run.

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

6. The install begins.

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7. Your install of Office 2016 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. Follow the instructions in the window, for example Click Start > All Apps to see where your apps are, and select Close.

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8. Start using an Office application right away by opening any app such as Word or Excel. In most cases, Office is activated once you start an application and after you agree to the License terms by clicking Accept.

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Now you're ready to use Office 365!

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