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Activate Microsoft Office: all methods

Microsoft Office the most known and widespread suite of office programs, in many jobs and companies its programs are used, and its formats (doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx) have become de facto standardVery often, with new computers, the Office package included in a 30-day trial version. The trial period has expired to continue using the program you need to buy a license, or do theOffice 365 subscription.In our article, we will elaborate all the methods to activate Microsoft Office.

How to activate Microsoft Office

Check if Office activated

Check the status of the Microsoft suite really simple, just a few steps, you need to:

  • launch one of the package applications (Word, Excel, PowePoint, Publisher, One Note);
  • click on File top right in the interface;
  • then choose the item Account;
  • here, in the left part, you will find all the information on the activation status and the item to click on to change the Product Key.

Activate Microsoft Office

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Activate Office via license key or product key

If you have a license or product key activate Office very simple. The license can be entered when requested during the installation procedure, and activation will take place automatically the first time you connect to the network. Or you can insert the license and proceed with the contextual activation after the first start.

The first time you start a program in the suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher or One Note) it will appear a dialog that will invite you to enter the product key or sign in with an active Office 365 account. Once the required data has been entered, activation if connected to the Internet it will be automaticotherwise, Office will check the validity of the Product Key offline and then complete the activation the first time it is connected to the network.

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Often those who activate Office, first found themselves in front of typical red barassociated with the blocking of functions and the appearance of the message PRODUCT DEACTIVATED Most of the functions have been deactivated. In this case, just press the button Reactivate, follow the wizard and enter the product key.

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If you don't have a license (and therefore a Product Key) fortunately the market offers several very favorable alternatives: there are valid and fully functional ESD licenses of Office 2016 under 5. Just buy one, wait for the code to arrive and insert it on your copy of Office to activate it once and for all.

Free Office 365 licenses for college students

There are several Italian universities that have entered into agreements with Microsoft for training and that, therefore, offer licenses for Office 365 to their students and teaching staff.

Typically ad every user (student or teacher) associated with an Office 365 account, which will be able to use it for as long as it remains associated with the institution.

Find out if your university has entered into an agreement and how students and teachers can access their simple account: usually a quick Google search with the keyword "name of your university + Office 365"(Without quotes). In my case the search was "University of Catania + Office 365"And led me to the university page with the guide to access my account.

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From the student's Office 365 page you can also download the executable for install the Office suite locally, just click on the top right of the item Install Office apps.

If your university hasn't made agreements with Microsoft, don't despair you can still get a valid license of the Office suite at ridiculously low prices by exploiting the stocks of ESD licenses that have invaded the market.

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Activate Office for free in pirated mode using KMS

The name KMS acronym for Keys Management System, was originally a method provided by Microsoft to allow system engineers to jointly activate Microsoft product licenses for a large number of PCs connected to the corporate network.

Soon pirates made godsown KMS to activate Microsoft products for free and unlawfully. Pirated KMS work in a very simple way, they reactivate the product periodically with keys valid 180 days.

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Using a not difficult KMS, we have dedicated an appreciated guide dedicated to the best KMS and their functioning.

Should I use a KMS to activate Office?

Given the condition of the license market, the answer to this question can only be no. Since with a few euros you can get your hands on an original license, it makes no sense to use tools of obscure origin which are a major cause of PC malware infections.

THE pirated KMS tool represent a major security risk because:

  • require administrator privileges to function, if this malicious code is present, such as handing over house keys to a thief;
  • they are systematically blocked by all antivirus programs, which therefore has to be disabled thus exposing the computer to serious dangers.

In addition to exposing your system to the risks mentioned above, tools are often blocked by antivirus and so they only manage to activate Office for 180 days. If you are the Geek who arranges the PCs of relatives and friends for free, you should buy them or have them buy a license for a few euros, so as not to be called back every 6 months because Office has stopped working.