The applications contained in the Ms Office setup include: Microsoft Word for word processing Microsoft PowerPoint which is a presentation program Microsoft Excel that’s a spreadsheet editor Microsoft OneNote for note taking Microsoft Outlook that is a personal information manager Microsoft Publisher made for desktop publishing that requires designing Microsoft Access which is a database management system.
As you can realize the applications are everything you would need in an office environment. Later versions contain extra applications like Skype for business, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Visio.
The software is installable on Windows Operating System computers Macs Mobile devices
Each of the above need specifically designed Microsoft Office setup that is suited to the operating system. However, the interface and running of applications are the same across all of them. A user on a Windows computer enjoys the same features like one on a Mac given the version is the same.
Talking of versions, there’s quite a number you will come across today. Since its announcement by Bill Gates in 1988, there have been over ten different versions. Every new release introduces better user experiences, capabilities and more features.
Office 95 Office 97 Office 2000 Office XP Office 2003 Office 2007 Office 2010 Office 2013 Office 365 Office 2016 Office 2019
Microsoft Office 98 Mackintosh edition Microsoft Office 2001 Office X for Mac Office 2004 for Mac Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Office 2016
Always go for the latest version to enjoy newer features, a better user experience, and support.
Now that you know exactly what Microsoft Office and its setup are all about, it’s time to focus on how to get it running on your computer. The installation is quite straightforward and involves the following steps:
Step 1: Microsoft Account Sign in The Ms Office setup program is on their official website. Go to www.office.com/setup and do sign in with your Microsoft account. It can be your personal account or that belonging to your school or business. If you don’t have one, you can easily create an account.
Step 2: Select Install to Start Downloading Once you are signed in, select Install Office. The 64-bit version is the default version which after selecting a language, will start downloading. If your computer has a 32bit system, you can select the 32bit version. For Office 365, simply sign in, select Install Office Apps and then select Office.
Step 3: Run the Downloaded Microsoft Office Setup file once the download is complete, open the file and run the setup program. Your computer will request permission for the installation to be done and once you select yes’ the program will be installed.
Follow the prompts during the installation. Once the installation is complete, you can close the installer by clicking on the close’ button that pops up after successful installation. You can access the office applications from your apps list by going to the Microsoft Office group or by searching for the apps in your Start Menu.
Although there are countless websites online offering free versions, cracked versions and other alternatives to the official download site, ensure you get your copy from the official website. It protects you from violation of legal terms, vulnerability to malware and viruses and lets you enjoy support from the dedicated Microsoft team.
Now you are all set up to enjoy the many features and all you need to do is to activate Microsoft Office. Depending on how you obtained your copy of Ms Office, you can activate it as follows:
Sign In to Activate If you installed your copy using the steps listed above, the activation is quite straightforward. Purchasing office in the online store prior to installation only requires signing in to activate. Start the application you need to use and when asked to sign in to activate, sign in with your Microsoft account and it will be activated.
Sometimes, there may be a one-time activation wizard that pops up when you start your app for the first time. Simply follow the prompts in the wizard and you will be up and running in no time. You can also enjoy a one month free trial on some versions of Office but be sure to activate before it expires.
Online Store Purchase You can purchase the license from office.com/setup where you receive the activation key upon payment. Follow the on-screen prompts which will activate your copy through your account and once you sign in when using your Office applications, they will be activated.
Product Key on Installation Disc For the users who purchase the Ms Office product on installation discs, the product key comes within the package. Check to ensure the activation key is not already scratched/revealed during the purchase. Some versions may need typing in the activation key before installation begins while some will be activated upon completion of the installation.
Pre-Installed Microsoft Office If you purchased your computer that has Office pre-installed, activation is slightly different. The devices are mostly those running the Windows 10 operating system.
Open one of the Office apps and go to activation. You will be directed to a Buy Office screen whose instructions you can easily follow to get your copy activated. If you have bought the product key from the official website, simply select the option on the activation wizard that needs the product key and you will be done.
One common feature with newer versions of Ms Office is the central role played by the Microsoft account. The account not only allows you to access and use the wide array of Microsoft products but also makes it easier to manage them. For instance, to easily activate the product, just head on to www.office.com/setup and after signing in, go for the buy office option. After you install Microsoft Office, sign in with your account and it’s activated right away. All the best as you join the great many Office users.