Activate Office 2007

When you start your 2007 Microsoft Office system programs for the first time after installation, you are prompted to enter your Product Key, if you have not already done so during Setup.

For more information about your Product Key, see Enter or find your Product Key. For additional troubleshooting information, visit the Support site.

What do you want to do?


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How do I activate my Office 2007 programs?

Activate over the Internet or by phone

When you enter your valid Product Key, the Activation Wizard starts automatically and gives you two choices on how to proceed:

  • Activate by using the Internet     The Activation Wizard automatically contacts the Microsoft licensing servers through your Internet connection. If you are using a valid Product Key that has not already been used for the allowed number of installations, your product is activated immediately.

When you activate through the Internet, your product ID (derived from the installation Product Key) is sent to Microsoft. A response (the confirmation ID) is sent back to your computer to activate your product. If you choose to activate your product through the Internet and you are not already connected, the wizard alerts you that there is no connection.

  • Activate by using the telephone     You can telephone an Activation Center and activate your product with the help of a customer service representative.

 Important   Telephone contact numbers vary by license and country/region. In step 2 of the Activation Wizard, use the number provided to call the Microsoft Activation Center. Activation Center telephone numbers are not listed in this article because the correct number for you is based on several factors. Microsoft software can be obtained under various licenses, including individual retail licenses, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) licenses, and volume licenses, so it is important that you use the number indicated by the Activation Wizard.

Telephone activation might take longer than activation through the Internet. You should be at your computer when you call, and you should have your software Product Key available.

  1. In the Activation Wizard, select the country/region where you reside and where you plan to use the product.

The wizard provides one or more telephone numbers appropriate for your selection. Use the number provided on your Activation Wizard screen to call the Microsoft Activation Center.

  1. Call the Activation Center.

The customer service representative asks you for your installation ID (displayed on your screen) and other relevant information. After your installation ID is verified, you receive a confirmation ID.

  1. In the Activation Wizard, type the confirmation ID in the spaces provided at the bottom of the screen, and then press ENTER.

 Notes 

  • Telephone activation is not available for Trial and Subscription versions.
  • Microsoft Text Telephone (TT/TTY) services are available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. In the United States, using a TT/TTY modem, dial (800) 718-1599. From outside the United States, using a TT/TTY modem, dial (716) 871-6859. TT/TTY service is only available in English.

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How do I activate at a later time?

If you don't want to activate your copy of the software when you install it, you can activate it later.

If you have a problem with your activation, contact a customer service representative by using the telephone number provided in the wizard.

 Note   Telephone support is not available for Trial and Subscription versions. Therefore, the wizard does not provide a telephone number for either of these versions.

Which program are you using?


Access

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Access Options.
  2. Click Resources, and then click Activate.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Excel

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Excel Options.
  2. Click Resources, and then click Activate.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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InfoPath

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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OneNote

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Outlook

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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PowerPoint

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click PowerPoint Options.
  2. Click Resources, and then click Activate.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Project

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Publisher

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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SharePoint Designer

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Visio

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Word

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Resources, and then click Activate.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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How can I tell whether my software has been activated?

Which program are you using?


Access

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Access Options.
  2. Click Resources, and then click Activate.
  3. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Excel

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Excel Options.
  2. Click Resources, and then click Activate.
  3. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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InfoPath

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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OneNote

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Outlook

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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PowerPoint

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click PowerPoint Options.
  2. Click Resources, and then click Activate.
  3. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Project

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Publisher

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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SharePoint Designer

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Visio

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate Product.
  2. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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Word

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Resources, and then click Activate.
  3. If your software is activated, you receive the following confirmation message:

This product has already been activated.

If your software is not activated, the Activation Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the Activation Wizard.

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What are activation, grace period, and reduced functionality?

To continue to use all the features of your product, you must activate the product. Microsoft Product Activation is a Microsoft anti-piracy technology that verifies software products are legitimately licensed.

Activation    This process verifies the Product Key, which you must supply to install the product, is being used on computers permitted by the software license. Enter or find your Product Key.

Grace period    Before you enter a valid Product Key, you can run the software 25 times, which is the grace period. During the grace period, certain features or programs might be enabled that are not included in the product you have purchased. After you enter a valid Product Key, you will see only the programs and features that you have purchased.

Reduced Functionality mode    After the grace period, if you have not entered a valid Product Key, the software goes into Reduced Functionality mode. In Reduced Functionality mode, your software behaves similarly to a viewer. You cannot save modifications to documents or create new documents, and functionality might be reduced. No existing files or documents are harmed in Reduced Functionality mode. After you enter your Product Key and activate your software, you will have full functionality for the programs and features that you purchased.

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