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Download and install or reinstall Office 2016 for Mac

This article is for Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, and Office 365 University

You can download and install Office 2016 for Mac as a one-time purchase, or if you have an Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal or Office 365 University subscription.

Check out the Installation notes at the end of this article for answers to common questions, and then sign in to your account 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.


Download and install Office 2016 for Mac

  1. Go to your My Account page at and sign in with your Microsoft account.

  2. On the My Account page, under the name of your subscription, select Install.

    Office Store My Accounts page showing the Install button
  3. On the next page, under Install information, select Install to begin downloading the installation package.

    The second install screen on your My Accounts page
  4. Once the download has completed, open Finder, go to Downloads, and double-click Microsoft_Office_2016_Installer.pkg.

    The Downloads icon on the Dock shows the Office 365 installer package
  5. On the first installation screen, select Continue to begin the installation process.

    First Mac 2016 installation screen with "Continue" highlighted
  6. Enter your Mac login password to complete the installation.

    Enter your admin password to begin installing

Activate Office 2016 for Mac

After Office 2016 for Mac is installed, Word 2016 for Mac opens so you can activate Office and confirm your subscription. You should only have to do this once.

  1. Review the Word 2016 for Mac What's New screen, and then select Get started.
     What's New screen when you first start an Office app you just installed
  2. On the Sign in to Activate Office screen, select Sign In, and then enter the same Microsoft account credentials you used to purchase and download Office 2016 for Mac.

  3. After you sign in, you may see an alert asking for permission to access the Microsoft identity stored in your keychain. Select Allow or Always Allow to continue.

  4. On the next screen, choose an appearance for your Office installation, select Continue, and then select the Start Using Word button to open the app and complete the Office 2016 for Mac activation.


What to try if you can't install or activate Office 2016 for Mac

Launch an Office for Mac app

  1. Open Finder and select Applications in the sidebar.

  2. Find the Office app you want and double-click to open it.

Installation notes

Keep in mind:

  • Other buying options are planned for a future release.

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