Activating Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook) require a valid, paid license. You may already have a license and just need to sign in. It takes only a minute. You’ll need internet access to complete these steps.

  1. When you open an Office app, you may need to activate it before you can save or print. Or to confirm your subscription, click File – New. If you see Activate or Renew in the lower-left corner, click it.
  2. Microsoft may ask you to buy Office. If you or your IT team have already purchased, click sign in. 
  3. Sign in with your work Microsoft account and password, then hit Enter. (Sometimes clicking doesn’t work.)
  4. Always try a work account first, unless you know you bought a home or personal subscription.
  5. Office checks for licenses and activates. If you see an error message instead, try a different Microsoft account or contact IT for help.
  6. Verify activation. Click File and New. If you see an activation notice above the document, click Activate Office and follow the steps again. Sometimes it takes a second try.

Don’t have a license? See Purchasing Microsoft Office. 

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