Download and install or reinstall Office 2016 or Office 2013

Table of Contents1 Install Office 2016 on a PC1.1 Installation or sign in issues?2 Activate Office3 Support for Office 2016 for Mac ended on October 13, 20204 Install Office 2016 on a Mac5 Launch an Office for Mac app and start the activation process6 Installation notes Install Office 2016 […]

Install Office 2016 on a PC

Remember a one-time purchase version of Office is licensed for one install only.

  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.


    Window showing progression of Office install


  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.

    Follow the instructions in the window to find your Office apps. For example depending on your version of Windows, select Start and then scroll to find the app you want to open such as Excel or Word, or type the name of the app in the search box.


    Office is installed now. Select Close


Installation or sign in issues?

If you’re unable to install Office see Troubleshoot installing Office for more help.



Activate Office

  1. Start using an Office application right away by opening any app such as Word or Excel. Can’t find Office after installing?

    In most cases, Office is activated once you start an application and after you agree to the License terms by selecting Accept.


    Shows the "Office is Almost Ready" page where you accept the License Agreement and start the app


  2. Office might activate automatically. However, depending on your product you might see the Microsoft Office Activation Wizard. If so, follow the prompts to activate Office.


    Shows the Microsoft Office Activation Wizard

    If you need activation help, see Activate Office.



Support for Office 2016 for Mac ended on October 13, 2020

Upgrade to Microsoft 365 to work anywhere from any device and continue to receive support.

Install Office 2016 on a Mac

  1. Once the download has completed, open Finder, go to Downloads, and double-click Microsoft_Office_2016_Installer.pkg (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_2016_Installer.pkg can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, wait 10 seconds and then try double-clicking the installer package again. If you’re stuck at the Verifying…. progress bar, close or cancel the progress bar and try again.


  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 2016 for Mac.


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


Launch an Office for Mac app and start the activation process

  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


Installation notes


Installation notes


Can I install Office 2016 for Mac and Office for Mac 2011 on the same computer?

Yes, you can install and use Office 2016 for Mac and Office for Mac 2011 at the same time. However, we recommend that you uninstall Office for Mac 2011 before you install the new version just to prevent any confusion.

To uninstall Office for Mac 2011, follow the steps in Uninstall Office 2011 for Mac.


How do I pin the Office app icons to the dock?

  1. Go to Finder > Applications and open the Office app you want.


  2. In the Dock, Control+click or right-click the app icon and choose Options > Keep in Dock.



Can I install Office on my iPhone or iPad?

Yes, see Install and set up Office on an iPhone or iPad. You can also set up email on an iOS device (iPhone or iPad).


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