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How to Update Microsoft Word on Windows PC and Mac

It’s easy to update Microsoft Word if you’re using a recent version as part of a Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) subscription or as a standalone version purchased from the Mac App Store or Microsoft Store on Windows. Here’s how.

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How to Update Word 365 on Windows

If you use Microsoft Word as part of your Microsoft 365 subscription, updating the app is simple. First, launch the Word application. Go to the “Home” screen, where you can load documents. Click the “File” tab at the top left corner if you’re working on a document. You’re already there if you just opened the app.

Click the "File" tab in Word for Windows.

Click “Account” in the side pane on the Home screen.

Click "Account" in the side pane.

It opens the “Account” page, which shows the product information. Look for the “Office Updates” section on the right side of Update Options.

"Office Updates" section.

Select “Update Options.” In the drop-down menu that appears, click “Update Now.”

Select "Update Options," then click "Update Now."

Now, Office will check for updates, and if updates are available for your product, Office will download and install them. You’ll see a message that says, “You’re up to date!” if you have the most recent version of Word.

Office is "Checking for updates" to download and install them.

To keep your Word up-to-date and receive the latest updates automatically, you can enable automatic updates. To do that, click the “Update Options” button, and in the drop-down menu, select “Enable Updates.”

Click "Update Options", and select "Enable Updates."

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How to Update Word 365 on Mac

To update Microsoft Word on a Mac that is part of a Microsoft 365 subscription, open the Word app from your Dock or Finder.

Open the Word app from your Dock or Finder.

Click “Help” in the menu bar at the top of the screen, then click “Check for Updates.”

Click "Help" in the Mac menu bar, then click "Check for Updates."

The Office will launch Microsoft AutoUpdate to check for updates; if available, click “Update” next to the Word app to download and install updates. When you run the most recent version of Word, you’ll see a message that says, “All apps are up to date.”

Click the "Update" button next to the Word app to download and install updates.

Tip: If you don’t see the Check for Updates option, download and install the most recent version of the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool, then check for updates again.

Once done, close the AutoUpdate tool, and you’re ready to start writing again.

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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 the Microsoft Store on Windows, you can update it directly from the store app.

Open the “App Store” from your Dock or Finder on a Mac and select “Updates” in the sidebar.

Open the "App Store" on a Mac and select "Updates" in the sidebar.

Locate the “Word” app, then click the “Update” button to install updates.

Locate the "Word" app, then click "Update."

Open the “Microsoft Store app” on Windows 10 or 11, and select “Library” in the sidebar.

Open the "Microsoft Store app" and select "Library" in the sidebar.

Locate “Word” in your list of apps. If an update is available, you’ll see the “Update” button, then click on it.

Locate "Word" in your list of apps and click "Update."

After that, Word will update. You can now exit the Microsoft Store app and start using Word.

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How to Update Legacy Versions of Word

If you’re using an older version of Word, Microsoft’s website offers standalone installation files for Windows. It also explains how to check for updates on several older versions of Word, but remember that Office 2010 and earlier are no longer supported, so Microsoft recommends upgrading to a Microsoft 365 subscription. Best wishes, and happy writing!

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