How to Legally Download Office 2016 & 2013 Free From Microsoft

Joe Keeley 15-06-2016

If you own a product key for Microsoft Office, but don’t have the installation files available, it’s really simple to download them direct from Microsoft. Whether Microsoft Office was included with your system purchase, you’ve lost the disc, or just want a copy of the files, we’ll show you the different methods available.


Don’t forget that if you have an Office 365 subscription, you’re entitled to Office 2016 for free Upgrade to Office 2016 for Free Today with Your Office 365 Subscription Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows has landed and it brings many smart new features. If you have an Office 365 subscription, you can get it now for free and we show you how below. Read More . Regardless, these steps will work, whether you’re on the latest auto-updated version Automatic Updates in Microsoft Office 2016 Explained Microsoft Office 2016 will be running an auto-update feature and a number of different servicing branches similar to Windows 10. Let’s explore what that means for your Office 2016 installation. Read More or the slightly older Microsoft Office 2013.

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How to Obtain Legal Microsoft Office Installation Files

1. From an Office 365 Subscription

If you have an active Office 365 subscription, you’re entitled to download the full versions of some of the most popular Microsoft Office applications, like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This is also applicable if your business has an Enterprise license.

Navigate to the Office account page and log in with the email address your Microsoft Office license is tied to, whether that’s a personal or organization account. Fill out your details, click Sign in, and click Install Office to navigate to your account. To begin the download click Install.

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If you’re using an enterprise account, you should be redirected to your organization’s Office page, where you can click Install now to grab the programs. However, ensure you untick Make Bing your search engine and Make MSN your browser homepage before doing so, unless that’s what you want of course.

2. From a License Key

If your new system came with a copy of Microsoft Office, it may already be pre-installed. If not, you should have been provided with a product key from the manufacturer, which you can use to download Office from Microsoft.

Alternatively, if you had a copy of Microsoft Office on disc which is now broken or misplaced, you can use the same method to download replacement installation files.

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Whatever your situation, head to Microsoft’s Download Office page and input your 25-character product key. Click Next, then sign in to your Microsoft account. Once your settings are confirmed, you’ll be given a link to download your relevant version of Microsoft Office.

3. Order a Backup Disc

This isn’t a download, nor is it completely free, but it’s still worth including on this list as an alternative way to get your copy of Microsoft Office. If you have a disc copy of Microsoft Office and want to order an additional copy, you can do so for a small fee and have it shipped to you.

For this, go to the Microsoft Office install media site. Input your product key, select your language, and verify with a CAPTCHA. Next, follow the rest of the steps through to order your replacement disc.

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An alternative method would be to go to your account page, where you can choose to purchase a disc, and have it shipped to you, or alternatively you can download an ISO which you can burn to a disc yourself CDBurnerXP - A Great Burning Tool For CDs DVDs, Blu-Rays & ISOs [Windows] Optical discs are not forever, but although they are losing significance, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are still a great medium for long term backups, given you store them right and don't use them as your... Read More .

Installation Process

The installation process will be essentially the same across all the methods. It’s incredibly simple and quick. First, open the installation file from the disc or download. A window will appear to detail that Microsoft Office is being installed.

When complete, a message will read “You’re all set! Office is installed now” and you’ll see an animation of where to find the Office programs on your computer. It’ll depend on your operating system exactly where they are stored, but they will be in the Start Menu and you can always do a Windows system search 7 Search Tips to Find What You're Looking for in Windows 10 Are you using Windows 10 search to its full extent? We will show you how to customize where Windows searches, handy search parameters, and other shortcuts. Our search tips will turn you into a search... Read More if needed.

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When you open an Office program for the first time, it will ask you to agree to the license agreement, so click Accept if you do. You might also see the Microsoft Office Activation Wizard; follow the instructions for this. It’s always best to select I want to activate the software over the Internet for the speediest activation.

Not Free Enough?

These methods are all well and good if you already own Microsoft Office, but perhaps you’re looking for a free Office alternative 6 Ways You Can Get a Microsoft Office License for Free Free Microsoft Office licenses are hard to get, but they do exist. This article covers six ways to get Word and Excel for free. Read More . If that’s the case, check out our guide on how to get Word for free Yes, Get Microsoft Word for Free: Here's How Don't want to pay for the full Microsoft Word experience? Here are some ways on how you can use Microsoft Word for free. Read More – and yes, it’s completely legal!

If you need a full office suite package Which Office Suite Is Best for You? You'll be pressed to find an occupation that doesn't require word or number processing of some sort. And you may wonder, is Microsoft Office really the best solution? Here are your options. Read More and aren’t willing to pay out, you might want to look into alternative products. We’ve rounded up some comparisons that you should read, like our review of FreeOffice Need a Microsoft Word & Office Alternative? Try FreeOffice 2016 Microsoft Office is the most advanced office suite on the planet. But why fork over cash when you can use a free alternative that still offers all you need? FreeOffice 2016 could be right for... Read More and analysis of the new LibreOffice Is the New LibreOffice a Better Microsoft Office Alternative? LibreOffice, a long-time contender of Microsoft Office, just received a makeover and important updates. After being held back by niggling bugs over the years, has LibreOffice finally found the winning formula? Read More .

Do you know of any other legal methods to download Microsoft Office for free from Microsoft? Do you have a preferred alternative completely free office suite package?

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  1. Bob
    June 6, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Another key wrinkle is that the full Office 2016 installation from an Office 365 subscription will stop working if or when the Office 365 subscription ends!

  2. Bob
    June 6, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    It's important to note that the full downloaded Office suite based on a 365 account will only work as long as the 365 subscription continues.

  3. Nick
    December 6, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Awesome sharing, after downoad , you can use genuine key to activate permanently , go to mskeyoffer(doc)com , where u could get easily ,thanks

  4. Pravin Kumar
    June 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Somebody, please tell me what is Microsoft.

    • Gavin Phillips
      July 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Are you trolling, Pravin?

  5. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    TL;DR: If you've already bought Office, then you can get it again without paying for another copy. In other news, sky is still blue.

  6. Robin
    June 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    So..... not free at all then.

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Right on. The title could almost be described as click-bait.