How to update Microsoft Word on Windows and Mac

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If you use a newer version of Microsoft Word included as part of a Microsoft 365 (formerly known as Office 365) subscription or as a standalone app purchased from the Mac App Store or Microsoft Store on Windows, it’s easy to keep up to date. date. Here’s how you do it.

How to update Word 365 on Windows

If you run Microsoft Word as part of a Microsoft 365 subscription, updating the app is easy. First open the Word application. Navigate to the “Home” screen where you load documents. If you just opened the app, you’re already there. If you are editing a document, click “File” on the tab bar.

In Word for Windows, click "File" fanen.

Click “Account” in the sidebar of the home screen that appears.

click "Account" in the sidebar.

You are now on the “Account” page. Look in the right column of options and click the “Office Updates” button. Click “Update Now” in the menu that appears below it.

click "Office updates," then select "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 can turn on automatic updates by selecting the same “Office Updates” button and selecting “Enable Updates”.

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How to update Word 365 on Mac

To update Microsoft Word, which is part of a Microsoft 365 subscription on a Mac, first open the Word app. Click “Help” in the menu bar at the top of the screen, then select “Check for Updates.”

Click in the Mac menu bar "Help" then select "Search for updates."

Office opens Microsoft AutoUpdate to check for updates, and then download and install any available updates. When you run the latest version of Word, you will see a message saying “All apps are up to date.”

When you are done, close AutoUpdate and you are ready to get back to typing.

How to update Word purchased from an App Store

If you downloaded or purchased Microsoft Word as a standalone app from the Mac App Store or 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. Find the “Word” app, and if there is an “Update” button next to it, click it to install updates.

click "Update."

In Windows 10 or 11, open the Microsoft Store app and then click “Library” in the sidebar. Find Word on your list of apps. If an update is available, you will see the “Refresh” button nearby. Click on it.

click "Update."

Then Microsoft Word is updated. Close the App Store or the Microsoft Store app and you are ready.

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How to update older versions of Word

If you are running an older version of Word, Microsoft provides custom installation files for Windows on its Web site. It also provides instructions on how to check for updates to older versions of Word, but note that Office 2010 and earlier are no longer supported, so Microsoft encourages you to upgrade to a Microsoft 365 subscription. Good luck, and good writing!

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