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How To Upgrade Microsoft Office

If your computer is running an older version of Microsoft Office, we recommend upgrading it. Older versions include 2016 or 2019. We now use Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365).

To Check Your Version


  1. Open any Office application (Word, Excel, etc).
  2. Click "Account" on the left. If you don't see "Account", you may have to click "File" first and then "Account".
  3. Under "Product Information", it will show the version.


  1. Open any Office application (Word, Excel, etc).
  2. Click the menu (i.e. Microsoft Word menu) and then "About Word" (or similar option for the app you're in)

If your version or license mentions 2016 or 2019, then it's old. Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) is the latest version. More details are available here:

To Uninstall Office


  1. Click the Start menu then Settings (with the small gear icon).
  2. Click "Apps".
  3. Click on "Office", then click "Uninstall".


  1. Open Finder and go to the Applications folder.
  2. Find the Microsoft apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook), then right-click each and select "Move to Trash".
  3. After all apps have been moved to the Trash, right-click the Trash icon in your dock and select "Empty Trash".

To Install Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)

Follow the steps outlined in this article:

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