A Complete Guide in Installing Office 365 for Mac Computers

Apple has its own suite of office productivity app called iWork. iWork consists of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, respectively. They come preinstalled in Macs when you buy them; and knowing Apple, they don’t make nonsense software for their devices. Thus, iWork is a complete office productivity app that works well with your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. The best thing here is that the full suite of iWork is free for Apple users.

But despite the existence of iWork, there are still users who prefer the overall experience of Office 365 whether they are using a Mac or a PC. And if you are one of those users who prefer Office 365 over iWork, you’ll find this article useful.

Keep reading for a step-by-step process on how you can set up Office 365 on your Mac computer.

How to Download and Install Office 365 on a Mac?

1. Download Office 365.

  1. Go to the Office website and sign-in to your Microsoft account associated with your Office 365 license. If you do not have an account yet, select Create One and fill out the information needed to successfully sign up for an account.
  2. At the top-right corner of the page, click Install Office.
  3. The Office installer will be downloaded to your computer.

2. Install Office 365.

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Go to Downloads and double-click the Microsoft Office Installer.pkg
  3. Click Continue on the first installation page.
  4. Accept the software license agreement and click Continue.
  5. On the next screen, you may choose to only install certain apps by clicking Customize. When you are done, click Install. Enter your Apple login and password if prompted.
  6. Finally, click Close to complete the process.

3. Activate the software.

  1. On the Dock at the bottom of the screen, click Launchpad (the icon that contains a rocket on a gray background).
  2. Open any Office 365 app.
  3. At the bottom of the opened What’s New window, click Get started.
  4. Sign-in to your Microsoft account. Enter your email address, click Next, enter your password, and click Sign in.
  5. You now have activated Office 365 for Mac.

Problems Commonly Encountered When Installing Office 365 on a Mac.

There are users who encounter installation errors on Office 365 for Mac computers; and you might encounter these problems, too. To help you resolve these issues when they arise, we have listed the solutions below.

1. Difficulty in finding the installer after downloading.

If you used Safari browser to download the installer, it is most likely in the Downloads folder. You can find it at the left-hand side of the Finder app’s window.

If you have changed the download location but you can no longer remember it, you can find it in Safari > Preferences > General.

2. Unidentified developer error

When attempting to launch the .pkg installer file, you might encounter the “Microsoft Office can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer” error.

To solve this:

  1. Click OK and wait for 10 seconds.
  2. Move the installer file to your desktop.
  3. Hold  and launch the installer by clicking the file.

Note: Your macOS version should be Sierra 10.12 or newer.

3. “No license found”

This error may pop up if you are signing in using a wrong Microsoft account or you are not subscribed to a Microsoft 365 plan yet. If you have multiple accounts, try to find the purchase confirmation email from Microsoft to determine which of your accounts have the license to use Office 365.

Also, it could possibly be that you are attempting to use a product that is not included in your Office 365 subscription.

Final Words

Office 365 is arguably the most complete and most familiar productivity app out there. That is perhaps the reason why most users choose it over other office apps, regardless of the operating system they are using.

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