How to Install Microsoft Office

Four Methods:Installing Office 365 and Office 2013 (Windows and Mac)Installing Office 2010 (Windows)Installing Office Mobile AppsTroubleshooting Your Installation

Office is one of the most popular productivity programs around. If you have your product key, you don't even need a disc to start installing Office. The process for installing Office has gotten simpler over the years. To install Office 365 or Office 2013, you just need to download the files. If you're installing Office 2010, you can use the DVD or download an installer. Office is also available for mobile devices. If you're having difficulty installing, there are some troubleshooting steps you can try.

Method 1
Installing Office 365 and Office 2013 (Windows and Mac)

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    Visit the Office Setup page. Open office.com/setup in your web browser.
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    Enter your Office product key. This can be found on the card that came with your retail purchase, or in your confirmation email or Microsoft Account page if you purchased online.
    • If you've previously installed Office, you can usually retrieve your key using a free key retrieval program like ProduKey. Click here for detailed instructions.
    • If you haven't purchased Office yet, you can buy it from the Office online store, or from your local computer retailer.
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    Sign in with your Microsoft Account. If you don't have one, you can create one for free. This will tie Office with your Microsoft Account, which will let you download again in the future without entering the key.
    • You can start the download process again at a later date by visiting office.com/myaccount
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    Click the "Install" button. The Office installer will be downloaded to your computer.
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    Click .Run to start the installation.
    • If you are using a Mac, double-click the MicrosoftOffice2011.dmg file in your Downloads folder.
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    Follow the prompts in the installer. You can click Next to move through the installer. You will be given the choice of themes, and a chance to take a quick tour.
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    Stay online while Office installs. Office will perform most of the downloading and installation in the background.
    • Click here if you encounter errors during the installation process.
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    Finish the installation. Click All done! to close the installer.

Method 2
Installing Office 2010 (Windows)

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    Find your product key. This is required for installing Office 2010, and can be found on your disc packaging, on a card that you purchased at a retail outlet, or in a confirmation email from an online purchase.
    • If you've previously installed Office 2010, you can usually retrieve your key using a free key retrieval program like ProduKey. Click here for detailed instructions.
    • If you haven't purchased Office yet, you can buy it from the Office online store, or from your local computer retailer.
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    Insert your Office 2010 disc, or download the installer from Microsoft. If you can't find your disc but you have your product key, click here to download the installer.
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    Start the setup program. This should start automatically if you inserted the disc, but if it didn't, open the disc from your Computer/My Computer screen and run setup.exe.
    • If you downloaded the installer, you should be able to find it in your Downloads/My Downloads folder.
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    Enter your product key. You will need to enter the product key before Office can be installed.
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    Follow the prompts in the installer. This will allow you to choose which products you want to install and which you don't need, which can save space on your computer.
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    Finish the installation. Click Close when finished.
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    Activate Office. Select "I want to activate over the internet" and click Next. This will activate your copy of Office online, allowing you to use all the features.[1]
    • To activate later, open any Office program and click FileHelpActivate Product Key.

Method 3
Installing Office Mobile Apps

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    Download Office for iPad. This app allows you to view, create, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files from your iPad. The apps are available for free, but require an Office 365 subscription in order to be able to edit and create files.
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    Download Office Mobile for your smartphone. This is available on iPhones, Android phones, and Windows phones. Office Mobile is free.
    • Creating and editing files is free for home use if you sign in with a Microsoft account.
    • The Office Mobile apps do not have as many editing and formatting options as Office for iPad.

Method 4
Troubleshooting Your Installation

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    If the installation hangs between 80-90%, stop the print spool service on your computer.
    • Open the Start menu or screen and type services.msc. Select "services.msc" from the results.
    • Find the "Print Spooler" service. Double-click it to open it.
    • Click Stop and then OK to confirm.
    • Restart the Office installation.
    • Reopen services.msc after Office is installed. Open the "Print Spooler" service and click Start
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    If the installation hangs at 94%, restart your computer. This is a common issue with Office 2013 installations.
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    If the installation hangs at any percentage, run an Online Repair.
    • Open the Control Panel.
    • Select Programs and Features, or click "Uninstall a program".
    • Select your version of Office from the list.
    • Click Change.
    • Select "Online repair" and then click "Repair".
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    If you are informed that your operating system is too old, upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. Office 2013 requires Windows 7 or 8 to work. It will not run in Vista or XP. You will need to either upgrade Windows or install Office 2010.
    • Click here to learn how to install Windows 7.
    • Click here to learn how to install Windows 8.

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