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How to install Office 365

Steps to Begin Office 365 Installation

These apps include Word, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, PowerPoint, and more.

    1. Open Outlook
    2. Login to your student email using your Vanguard ID. (First time logging in? Follow the steps on our IT Support Page.)
    3. Click the ‘waffle’ icon (9 small dots in a square) that is in the upper left-hand corner of your inbox.
      A screenshot showing where the 'waffle icon' (nine dots in a square) is located in the upper left hand corner of the Outlook Inbox.
    4. Select Microsoft 365 from the options that appear.
      A screenshot showing what the Microsoft 365 Icon looks like that students need to click in order to move to the next step.
    5. In the top right corner of the Microsoft 365 Home page, select ‘Install and More’
      A screenshot showing the 'Install and More Button' that should be located on the right side of the Microsoft 365 home page.
    6. Select Install Microsoft 365 apps and follow the instructions below/on-screen.
      A screenshot showing which option to click in order to Install Microsoft 365 apps to your computer. It is circled in red.

Installing Office


  1. Depending on your browser, select Run (in Edge or Internet Explorer), Setup (in Chrome), or Save File (in Firefox).
    • If you see the User Account Control prompt that says, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? select Yes.
    • The install begins.
  2. Your install is finished when you see the phrase, “You’re all set! Office is installed now” and an animation plays to show you where to find Office applications on your computer. Select Close.


  1. Once the download has completed, open Finder, go to Downloads, and double-click Microsoft Office installer.pkg file (the name might vary slightly).
    Tip: If you see an error that says the Microsoft Office installer.pkg can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, wait 10 seconds and move the downloaded file to your desktop. Hold Control + click the file to launch the installer.
  2. On the first installation screen, select Continue to begin the installation process.
  3. Review the software license agreement, and then click Continue.
  4. Select Agree to agree to the terms of the software license agreement.
  5. Choose how you want to install Office and click Continue.
  6. Review the disk space requirements or change your install location, and then click Install.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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 for Mac.

Activate Office


  1. To open an Office app, select the Start button (lower-left corner of your screen) and type the name of an Office app, like Word.
  2. If you have Windows 8.1 or 8.0, type the name of an Office app on the Start screen.
  3. To open the Office app, select its icon in the search results.
  4. When the Office app opens, accept the license agreement. Office is activated and ready to use.


  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock to display all of your apps.
  2. Click the Microsoft Word icon in 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 for Mac. If Office activation fails, see What to try if you can’t install or activate Office for Mac.