If you’re using a recent version of Microsoft Word included as part of a Microsoft 365 subscription (formerly known as Office 365) or as a standalone app purchased from the Mac App Store or Microsoft Store on Windows, it’s easy to keep up to date. Dated. Here’s how.
How to Update Word 365 on Windows
If you’re running Microsoft Word as part of a Microsoft 365 subscription, it’s easy to update the app. First, open the Word application. Go to the “Home” screen where you upload documents. If you just opened the app, you’re already there. If you are editing a document, click “File” in the tab bar.
In the sidebar of the home screen that appears, click “Account”.
You are now on the “Account” page. Look in the right column of options and click on the “Office Updates” button. In the menu that appears below, click on “Update now”.
Office will check for updates and install them if necessary. If you have the latest version of Word, you will see a message saying “You are up to date!” In the future, you will be able to enable automatic updates by selecting the same “Office Updates” button and selecting “Turn on updates”.
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How to Update Word 365 on Mac
To update Microsoft Word that is part of a Microsoft 365 subscription on a Mac, first open the Word app. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Help”, then select “Check for updates”.
Office will open Microsoft AutoUpdate to check for updates, then download and install any available updates. Once you run the latest version of Word, you will see a message saying “All apps are up to date”.
When you’re done, close AutoUpdate and you’re ready to resume writing.
If you downloaded or purchased Microsoft Word as a standalone app from the Mac App Store or the Microsoft Store on Windows, you can update Word from the Store app itself.
On a Mac, open the App Store and click “Updates” in the sidebar. Locate the “Word” application, and if there is an “Update” button located next to it, click it to install updates.
In Windows 10 or 11, open the Microsoft Store app, then click “Library” in the sidebar. In your list of apps, find Word. If an update is available, you’ll see an “Update” button near it. Click on it.
After that, Microsoft Word will be updated. Close the App Store or Microsoft Store app and you’re good to go.
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If you are using an older version of Word, Microsoft provides stand-alone installation files for Windows on its website. It also provides instructions on how to check for updates on several older versions of Word, but note that Office 2010 and earlier versions are no longer supported. Microsoft therefore encourages you to upgrade to a Microsoft 365 subscription. Good luck and write well!
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