Office 365 - Can't sign in to Microsoft Office, access Microsoft Outlook, or interact with Microsoft data files

If you are unable to sign into Microsoft Office (or Outlook repeatedly prompts you for login, does not show any data, edit a Word/Excel/PowerPoint data file, or receive encrypted connection error) it may be due to a NetID password change, a NetID change, or corrupted account credentials. Follow some common solutions to this issue below.

Possible solutions

Option 1 - Update your software to the latest version

Windows OS
Run Windows Update and install the latest updates.
Mac OS
Run Office Updates.

Option 2 - Your account was compromised and you are blocked from connecting

Option 3 - Reset/Remove your account credentials from within your OS

Windows OS
Remove/Delete all Outlook/Office records from within credential manager.
Mac OS
Access the keychain application and remove/delete any of the following records: Microsoft Office Identities Cache 2 | Microsoft Office Identities Settings 2 and any ADAL entries that are listed within the "Name" or "Kind" columns. Note: search for 'microsoft' and 'adal' within the keychain application and delete all returned results.

Option 4 - If your computer is not connected to UWNET/Campus network, use WiscVPN

Option 5 - Download and run Microsoft's Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365

Windows OS
Note: Only available for Windows. This tool must be run on the affected machine.
Download the tool here: Fix Outlook and Office 365 problems with Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365.

Option 6 - Delete Cached Preferences

Mac OS
Note: Only available for Mac OS.
  •  Outlook Desktop Client
    • Delete Cached Preferences

      1. Quit Outlook
      2. Open Terminal (click the Spotlight search glass in the top right corner and type terminal).
      3. Type: defaults delete (to delete the old preferences).
      4. Type: killall cfprefsd (to kill the cached prefs).
      5. Quit Terminal.
      6. Launch Outlook and check.

Option 7 - Fully uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Office

Uninstall Office

Windows OS
Review the following Microsoft documentation for instructions.
Mac OS
Review the following Microsoft documentation for instructions.

Install Office

Follow steps outlined in Office 365 - Downloading/Install Microsoft Office ProPlus document.

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Owner:Ara M.Group:Office 365
Created:2016-02-23 11:22 CDTUpdated:2018-03-07 16:14 CDT
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