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How to update Microsoft Office Apps on Windows 10 and Mac



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Software updates are important to keep your applications up to date with the latest features, performance improvements, and security updates. Microsoft provides regular updates for its Office suite. How to check for and install Microsoft Office updates.

Note that while using Microsoft Word in this example, you can update through any of its Office applications.

Turn on automatic updates

By default, Microsoft automatically keeps your Office applications up to date. However, it is possible to disable this feature. If you have automatic updates disabled, we recommend that you turn it on again so that you always have the latest version available.

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Enable automatic updates in Windows

To enable automatic updates for Microsoft Office in Windows, open Word and select the “File”

; tab.

File tab in Microsoft Word

Then click on the “Account” option at the bottom of the left pane.

Account options in the left pane of Word

If automatic updates are turned off, you will see a message stating that “this product will not be updated” under “Office Updates.” Select the “Update Options” button.

Update Options Button

Select “Enable Updates” from the drop-down menu that appears.

Enable update options

Microsoft Office is now automatically updated with each release.

Enable automatic updates on Mac

To enable automatic updating for Microsoft Office on Mac, open Word and select the “Help” tab in the system menu bar (not the Word menu bar).

Help tab on Mac

In the drop-down menu that appears, select “Check for Updates.”

Check for Mac updates

The “Microsoft AutoUpdate” window appears. If “Manual control” is selected, automatic updates are not activated. Select “Download and install automatically.”

automatically download and install

Microsoft Office is now automatically updated with each release.

Check and install updates manually

To keep automatic updates disabled, you must manually check for and install all updates provided by Office.

Check and install updates on Windows

To update Microsoft Office for Windows, open Word and select the “File” tab.

File tab in Microsoft Word

Click “Account” at the bottom of the left pane.

Account options in the left pane of Word

From here, select “Update Options” next to “Office Updates.” Select “Update Now” from the drop-down menu that appears. If you have disabled updates, this option will not be displayed. If so, first select “Enable Updates” and then select “Update Now.”

Check for Windows updates

Microsoft will now look for updates and install them. When you are done, you will see a message stating that you are up to date.

You are updated

Check and install updates on your Mac

To manually update Microsoft Office for Mac, open Word and select the “Help” tab from the system menu. Again, this is not in the Microsoft Word menu bar.

Help tab on Mac

In the drop-down menu that appears, select “Check for Updates.”

Check for Mac updates

The “Microsoft AutoUpdate” window appears. In the lower right corner of the window you will see the option “Check for updates”. Click the button.

Check for updates on Mac

Office will now inform you about the latest version. The update may take quite some time, depending on how many Office apps you need to update.

Update in progress

When the update is complete, Microsoft Office will notify you.

all apps are updated messages

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