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How to Update Microsoft Office Apps on Windows 10 and Mac

How to Update Microsoft Office Apps on Windows 10 and Mac

Software updates are very important to keep your application up to date with the latest features, performance improvements, and security patches. Microsoft regularly provides updates for its Office suite. Here’s how to check and install, update Microsoft Office.

Note that, when we use Microsoft Word in this example, you can update through any Office application.

Turn on Automatic Updates

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

Enable Automatic Updates on Windows

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

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Next, click on the “Account” option at the bottom of the left panel.

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If automatic updates are turned off, see what message states “This product will not be updated” under “Office Update.” Select the “Update Options” button.

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In the drop-down menu that appears, select “Activate Update.”

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Microsoft Office will now automatically update with each release.

Enable Automatic Updates on Mac

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

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

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The “Microsoft AutoUpdate” window will appear. If “Manual Check” is selected, automatic updates are not activated. Select “Download and Install Automatically.”

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Microsoft Office will now automatically update with each release.

Check and install updates manually

If you want to disable Automatic Updates, you must check and install Office updates manually.

Check and install updates on Windows

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

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

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

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Microsoft will now check for updates and install them. When you’re done, you will see a message informing you that you are up to date.

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Check and Install Updates on Mac

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

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

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The “Microsoft AutoUpdate” window will appear. In the lower right corner of the window, you will see an “Check for Updates” option. Click the button.

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Office will now notify you of the latest version. Updates can take a while, depending on how many Office applications you have to update.

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

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