Office 365 - Download/Install Office 365

Most UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students have access to download/install Office suite - more details. For complete details on the different versions (including licensing) of Microsoft Office available, please review Microsoft Office for UW-Owned and Personally-Owned Computers at UW-Madison.

Important: why should you install and use Office 365 ProPlus/Subscription version from the Office 365 portal?

  • 365 ProPlus/Subscription version: receives feature and security updates.
  • Professional Plus/2016/2019/Volume License versions: only receive security updates.

  •  Note - If you travel to areas where you do not have access to internet for more than 30 consecutive days please read this note

The instructions below are for personal (non-shared) computers:

Download/Install Office


  • If you use Microsoft Project and/or Visio, please make sure to review the compatibility article before installing Office suite.
  • You will need administrator rights to your computer to install any software. If you do not have these rights, contact your local administrator. Also, make sure to update the software after completing the installation - this will ensure that your software is up-to-date for it most important security patches.
  • If you have a previous version of Office installed, please perform a complete uninstall before installing the latest version.
  • OneNote desktop client will no longer be included within Office 365/2019 suite and instead will be a standalone application. If you would like to use OneNote desktop client, review Microsoft's article.

Windows OS

  1. Log into Office 365 Portal using your address and NetID credentials.
  2. Click Install button download/install. Important: Make sure to download the correct bit (32 or 64) version of the software that matches your OS bit version.
  3. Follow the prompts to install the software. You will be prompted to enter your account credentials (NetID/password) to activate the software.
    Note: During the configuration Office/Outlook, If you are prompted to "add this account to Windows", click skip for now.

Mac OS

Download/Install Outlook for Mac

  1. Log into the Office 365 portal.
    Note: if you are prompted to sign into your Office 365 email account, enter you address.
  2. Within the "My account" screen, click Install Office button.
  3. When prompted, run the installer and continue with the installation/configuration process.

Configuration resources

Uninstall Office

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Owner:Ara M.Group:Office 365
Created:2014-10-06 11:06 CDTUpdated:2019-09-13 07:47 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Office 365
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