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Office 365 - Download and Install for Mac

Last Updated: Jul 07, 2016 12:35PM PDT

Download and install Office 2016 for Mac using Office 365 for business

Check out the Installation notes at the end of this article for answers to common questions, and then Sign in to the Office 365 portal to get started. If you've already tried to install or activate Office 2016 for Mac, but weren't successful, check that your Mac meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements at System requirements for Office, or see What to try if you can't install or activate Office 2016 for Mac using Office 365 for business.

You can also install Office 2016 for Mac with your home, personal, or University account. If you're not sure which account to use, see Where to sign in to Office 365.

Download and install Office 2016 for Mac

  1. Sign in to the Office 365 portal with your work or school account.

  2. Go to Settings Settings: update your profile, install software and connect it to the cloud > Office 365 (under My app settings) > Software.

  3. On the Office page page, under Install Office 2016 for Mac, select Install to begin downloading the installer package.

    The Office 365 Settings install software screen on a Mac
  4. 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 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 are stuck at the Verifying…. progress bar, close or cancel the progress bar and try again.

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

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

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

  8. Review the disk space requirements, and then click Install.

  9. 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
  10. 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 using Office 365 for business.

    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 2016 for Mac If Office activation fails, see What to try if you can't install or activate Office 2016 for Mac using Office 365 for business.

    Start activating Word 2016 for Mac

Installation notes

Keep in mind:

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.

    Open app Options menu showing the Keep in Dock command

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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