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How to Activate Office?

Activate Office

Microsoft Office is a prominent Microsoft product that has been worthwhile for users both professionally and personally. However, to use Office, its activation is necessary.

This is because if it is not activated after installation, the Office programs will run in reduced-functionality mode. 

With reduced-functionality mode, you won’t be able to save changes made within the documents or create any new document, which will basically, decrease the functionality of Microsoft Office.

How to Activate Microsoft Office?

Before proceeding further with the activation process, it is important for you to own an unlicensed copy of Microsoft Office on your system. The activation process is applied to Office 2019/2016/365 and we have tried to discuss them all below.

Sign in to Microsoft Office through Your Microsoft Account

Now, if you already own a license or just installing Office again on any new system, product keys are not required. Just sign in with the Microsoft account you used for buying the license.

Microsoft Office will determine the license that is eligible for your account automatically. However, if more than one license are linked with your account, Microsoft office will list them all and help you choose the license for activation accordingly.

This is an easy process of Microsoft office activation and by following this method, the product keys will not require any maintenance.

Hence to activate Microsoft Office through signing in process, follow the steps mentioned below in sequence.

  • Start any Office Application like Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.
  • Once done, you can either sign in by the pop up appearing on your screen or just manually. If a pop up appears for sign in, click on the sign-in button. For manual activation, go to File and then Account. After that, click on Product activation.
    Provide the account credentials associated with the Office license. 
  • Choose any one license from the list. This process is only suitable if you have more than one license.

How to Activate Office through Product Key (Microsoft Office Activation Key)?

On buying an Office License from any online store, the user might get it with a product key. This is because you can easily activate the Office through the product key provided by the retailer during purchase.

However, it is necessary to link the product key with the account and then sign in with the similar account. Before executing the process, one should have the product key with themselves

  • Reach the official website of Microsoft Office and then sign in through your Microsoft Account.
  • After that, type the product key of 25 characters as provided and then choose your country as well as language. Click on Next, once done.
  • This will redirect you to the “Microsoft Services and Subscription Page”. Look for the activated product and then click on Install Now for Setup download.
  • Run the setup for a successful Office installation within your system. Sign in with the same Microsoft account, if prompted.

However, if you already have Microsoft Office installed, sign in by navigating to the File and then Account. Once done, go to Product Activation. After performing this step, the license will be linked with your account successfully and you need not have to enter it again. 

How to Activate Office Using Office Activation Wizard?

If in any situation, the office copy has surpassed the trial period or is not activated for some reason, you may get prompted with an Activation Wizard. 

Apart from that, If you have changed hardware within your system, it is very likely that you will be experiencing activation issues. Therefore, the Activation Wizard is required for such cases.

To start Office by the Internet, choose “I want to activate the software over the Internet(Recommended)” from the Activation Wizard and then click on Next.

How to Activate Office 365? (Microsoft Office 365 Product Key Activation)

To activate Office 365, the user should have a Microsoft Office 365 activation key. After that, they need to follow the steps given below in sequence

  • Go to the official website of Microsoft Office and sign in with your Microsoft Account.
  • Enter the Microsoft Office 365 product key. (if the option is not visible then it is automatically entered)
  • Follow the on screen prompts to conclude the redemption. 

How to Check Office Activation Status?

If you are still unsure about the version or activation status of your Microsoft Office, then try the steps listed below in sequence

  • Start any Office Application and then go to the File>Account.
  • You will be able to see the activation status of a program beneath the Product Information. 
  • If it shows “Product Activated”, then it implies that you hold a legitimately licensed copy of Microsoft Office. But, if it displays “Product Activation Required” then the activation is required.
    Additionally, there is an alternative method to check the activation status with the help of CMD. 
  • Look for the “Microsoft Office Installation Folder” and then launch a new Command Prompt.
  • Insert the CD ROM within the CD drive (Office Installation path)
  • Type the following command “cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus

By running the above-mentioned commands, you will now successfully be able to see the license status, expiry date, last 5 characters of the product key and other details.

Frequently Asked Questions

What To Do If Microsoft Office Product Activation Failed?

If you see “Unlicensed Product” or “Non-commercial Use” written within the title bar of Office Applications, then it is very likely that the Office Activation has failed. As a result, all the features of the Office will get disabled. To fix this issue, follow the steps given below thoroughly.

Method 1: Look for Office Multiple Copies

Product Activation may fail due to multiple copies of Office and thus it is necessary to uninstall the unused version.

  • Go to Control Panel and then select “Programs and Features”.
  • Type “Office” in the Search Programs and Features box. You will be able to see all the versions installed by you.
  • Right-click on the unused version and select Uninstall.

Method 2: Check Office 365 Subscription Status

For Office 365 users, ensure that the subscription is active and renew it (if required).

  • Go to Service and Subscription page and sign in to your Microsoft Account.
  • See the details within Subscription or Cancelled Subscription heading. Renew the subscription if required.

Method 3: Other Troubleshooting techniques

Moreover, you can try some of the troubleshooting techniques mentioned below to activate the office.

  • Check the date, time, and time zone of the computer by navigating to the “Date and Time Setting”. If the settings are not correct, choose “Set time automatically” or “Set time zone automatically” and restart any Office application.
  • Run office as administrator by right-clicking on any office application and selecting “Run as administrator”. Click on Yes.

How to Fix Microsoft Office Error Code 30068-4?

If you encounter Microsoft Office Error Code 30068-4 during the activation, try some of the fixes listed below to troubleshoot the error

  • Disable Firewall or any Antivirus (temporarily)
  • Remove Duplicate Materials
  • Try Using System File Checker.
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