Activate Office 2013 programs

In most cases, if you’re connected to the Internet and installing Office without a DVD, activation will just happen silently in the background after the install is complete. No prompts. No fuss.

In case you need more information, here’s some based on the type of product you bought.

Office 365 Home & Office 365 Personal

Our subscription products—Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal —automatically activate for you. If you want to see what you’ve installed, in an Office program, click File > Account. From there you can even manage your account by clicking Manage your account.

Office 2013, for a single PC

For a first install or a reinstall on the same PC, Office for one PC—Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013—automatically activates if you’re connected to the Internet (you won’t see the Activation Wizard during the installation). But if you aren’t connected to the Internet during install, you’ll see the Activation Wizard. It will give you options to either activate online or by telephone—choose the telephone option if you’re still not connected.

If significant hardware changes have occurred on your PC and you reinstall Office OR if you install Office on a different PC, you’ll see the Activation Wizard after the install and whenever you start any of the Office programs. Use the telephone option in the Activation Wizard to contact the activation center.

 Important    Please remember that you can only have Office 2013 installed on one PC at a time. Telephone activation can only help you activate Office if you’re transferring Office to another PC.

Office 2013, volume license

For the enterprise or commercial product—what we call the MSI-based Setup—your administrator needs to set up what is necessary for you to activate the Office product. Please see Activate volume editions of Office in you want more information.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I reinstall Office 2013 on the same PC?

Yes. If you reinstall Office 2013 on the same PC and you’re connected to the Internet, activation will happen silently. The Activation Wizard will appear if you’ve made significant changes to the hardware on the PC.

  • Can I reinstall Office 365 Home on the same PC?

Yes.

  • Can I install Office 2013 on two different PCs?

No. The license is for one PC.

  • Can I install Office 365 Home on two different PCs?

Yes. You can install on up to five PCs and Macs.

  • Can I transfer the Office 2013 software to another PC?

You may transfer the software to another PC that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another PC, this PC becomes the “licensed computer.” You must remove the software from the previous PC. You’ll need to use telephone option in the Activation Wizard to contact the activation center after you transfer the software to another PC.

  • Help, my PC died. What do I do?

After you set up your new PC, you can install Office 2013 on it and contact the activation center to transfer the software.

  • Can I transfer the Office 2013 software to another person?

You may transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if:

  • You’re the first licensed user of the software.
  • The new user agrees to the terms of this agreement before the transfer.

Any time you transfer the software to a new PC, you must remove it from the previous PC and you can’t keep copies. The new user will have to choose the telephone option in the Activation Wizard.

  • How do I contact the activation center?

Choose the telephone option in the Activation Wizard to get the phone number to contact in your country. For more information, see How to contact a Microsoft Product Activation Center by telephone.

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Applies to:
Access 2013, Excel 2013, InfoPath 2013, Office 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, Visio Professional 2013, Word 2013