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How to Update Microsoft Word on Windows and Mac

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If you use a recent 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 it up-to-date. 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. Navigate to the “Home” screen where you load documents. If you just opened the app, you’re already there. If you’re editing a document click “File” in the tab bar.

In Word for Windows, click the "File" tab.

In the sidebar on the Home screen that appears, click “Account.”

Click "Account" in the sidebar.

You’re now on the “Account” page. Look in the right column of options and click the “Office Updates” button. In the menu the appears below it, click “Update Now.”

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’ll see a message that says “You’re 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 that’s part of a Microsoft 365 subscription on a Mac, first open the Word app. On the menu bar at the top of the screen, click “Help,” and then select “Check For Updates.”

In the Mac menu bar, click "Help" then select "Check For Updates."

Office will open Microsoft AutoUpdate to check for updates, then download and install any available updates. Once you’re running the latest version of Word, you’ll see a message that says “All apps are up-to-date.”

When you’re done, close AutoUpdate, and you’re ready to get back to writing.

How to Update Word Purchased From an App Store

If you’ve 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” app, and if there’s an “Update” button located beside it, click it to install updates.

Click "Update."

On Windows 10 or 11, open the Microsoft Store app, then click “Library” in the sidebar. In your list of apps, locate Word. If there’s an update available, you’ll see an “Update” button nearby. Click it.

Click "Update."

After that, Microsoft Word will update. Close the App Store or Microsoft Store app, and you’re all set.

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How to Update Legacy Versions of Word

If you’re running an older version of Word, Microsoft provides standalone 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 are no longer supported, so Microsoft encourages you to upgrade to a Microsoft 365 subscription. Good luck, and happy writing!

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