Installing Microsoft Software on a PC or MAC


*Please remember these are personal licenses. They are not to be used on any Montana Tech owned equipment.

What is it?

As an employee or student of Montana Tech, you are eligible to download the latest Microsoft software titles such as Windows 10 Education and Office 2016 at a small cost through the Microsoft Work at Home program.

Who Can Get it?

Current Montana Tech students and employees or individuals that purchased Office via a Microsoft account.

How Do I Get it?

  1. Log in to your email or Microsoft account you used to purchase the Office software.
  2. Click on the 3 by 3 of dots in the top left corner
  3. Click "Office 365" in the upper left corner of the screen
  4. Click "Install Office apps" and select "Office 2016".

  5. If you receive an "Administrative privileges required" error when installing a Windows version, find the Office 365 installer file you downloaded (usually in your Downloads folder), right-click the file and choose "Run as Administrator."

** If prompted to sign in, choose the option to "sign in using my school or work account."

Mac OS
  1. Install Office 365 and access cloud storage and web apps »
  2. On the "Install Office on your Mac" screen, click "Install Now"Install Office on Mac Installing Office
  3. Once the download has completed, open Finder, go to Downloads and double-click Microsoft_Office_2016_Installer.pkg.The Downloads icon on the Dock shows the Office 365 installer package
  4. On the first installation screen, select Continue to begin the installation process. First Mac 2016 installation screen with
  5. Enter your Mac login password to complete the installation. Enter your admin password to begin installing

Activate Office for Mac

After Office for Mac is installed, Word for Mac opens so you can activate Office and confirm your subscription. You should only have to do this once.

  1. Review the Word for Mac What's New screen, and then select Get started. What's New screen when you first start an Office app you just installed
  2. On the Sign in to Activate Office screen, select Sign In, and then enter the same Microsoft account credentials you used to purchase and download Office 2016 for Mac.
  3. After you sign in, you may see an alert asking for permission to access the Microsoft identity stored in your keychain. Select Allow or Always Allow to continue.
  4. On the next screen, choose an appearance for your Office installation, select Continue, and then select the Start Using Word button to open the app and complete the Office 2016 for Mac activation.

TROUBLESHOOTING: What to try if you can't install or activate Office for Mac »

Launch an Office for Mac app

  1. Open Finder and select Applications in the sidebar. Open Finder and go to Applications to launch the apps
  2. Find the Office app you want and double-click to open it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I install Office 2016 for Mac and Office for Mac 2011 on the same computer?

  • Yes, you can install and use Office 2016 for Mac and Office for Mac 2011 at the same time. However, we recommend that you uninstall Office for Mac 2011 before you install the new version just to prevent any confusion. To uninstall Office for Mac 2011, follow the steps in Uninstall Office 2011 for Mac.

How do I pin the Office app icons to the dock?

  1. Go to Finder > Applications and open the Office app you want.
  2. In the Dock, press control+click or right-click the app icon and choose Options > Keep in Dock.

Open app Options menu showing the Keep in Dock command


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