Office 365: Install on a Personal Computer

Video Instructions:

Students- You can install Office on a personal computer through your CSCC email account beginning on the first day of the semester. This software will include offline access to popular programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more!

Written Instructions:

Access to Microsoft Office is only available to current Columbus State Students and Employees. When you are no longer enrolled in CSCC courses or stop receiving a CSCC paycheck, the Office 365 applications installed on your device become inactive.

If you do not want to download the desktop applications of Office, you can use the web applications instead.

1. To download, open a web browser, such as Chrome or Firefox.

2. Navigate to

3. Once you are on the Sign in screen, log in using your email address.

  • Student -  

  • Employee -

sign in screen with CSCC image and branding

4. Enter your password to log in (this is the same password as for Self-Service and Blackboard).

  • If you are enrolled in multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Office 365, you will now be presented with the request for additional information. Select your preferred method to receive the MFA request.

    Duo push screen. You can choose a device, then select "Send me a push" or "enter a passcode"

5. Click the Install Office button to download the desktop applications, or click the chevron next to it for more options.

"Install office" button shows in the upper-right corner of the screen

6. Let the installer download, then open the installer and follow the installation wizard to complete the install.

For device specific installation instructions, click on your operating system below:

Install Office

  1. Depending on your browser, select Run (in Edge or Internet Explorer), Setup (in Chrome), or Save File (in Firefox).

    If you see the User Account Control prompt that says, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? select Yes.

    The install begins.

    Shows the progress dialog box that appears when Office is installing

  2. Your install is finished when you see the phrase, "You're all set! Office is installed now" and an animation plays to show you where to find Office applications on your computer. Select Close.

    Office is installed now. Select Close

Installation or sign in issues?

If you're having an installation issue such as Office taking long to install, try Need help? for a list of common issues.


Activate Office

Note: no product key is needed for activation. Instead, you will log in with your current Columbus State credentials to verify your license.

  1. To open an Office app, select the Start button (lower-left corner of your screen) and type the name of an Office app, like Word.

    If you have Windows 8.1 or 8.0, type the name of an Office app on the Start screen. Can't find your Office apps?

  2. To open the Office app, select its icon in the search results.

  3. When the Office app opens, accept the license agreement. Office is activated and ready to use.

    Note: The Activation Wizard appears if Office has trouble activating. Complete the steps in the wizard to finish activating Office

Install Office

  1. Once the download has completed, open Finder, go to Downloads, and double-click Microsoft Office installer.pkg file (the name might vary slightly).

    The Downloads icon on the Dock shows the Office 365 installer package

    Tip: If you see an error that says the Microsoft Office installer.pkg can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, wait 10 seconds and move the downloaded file to your desktop. Hold Control + click the file to launch the installer.

  2. On the first installation screen, select Continue to begin the installation process.

    First Mac 2016 installation screen with "Continue" highlighted
  3. Review the software license agreement, and then click Continue.

  4. Select Agree to agree to the terms of the software license agreement.

  5. Choose how you want to install Office and click Continue.

  6. Review the disk space requirements or change your install location, and then click Install.

    Note: If you want to only install specific Office apps and not the entire suite, click the Customize button and uncheck the programs you don't want.

  7. Enter your Mac login password, if prompted, and then click Install Software. (This is the password that you use to log in to your Mac.)

    Enter your admin password to begin installing
  8. The software begins to install. Click Close when the installation is finished. If Office installation fails, see What to try if you can't install or activate Office for Mac.

    Shows the final page of the installation process, indicating that the installation was successful.

Launch an Office for Mac app and start the activation process

  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock to display all of your apps.

    Shows the Launchpad button in the Dock
  2. Click the Microsoft Word icon in the Launchpad.

    Shows the Microsoft Word icon in a partial view of the Launchpad
  3. The What's New window opens automatically when you launch Word. Click Get Started to start activating. If you need help activating Office, see Activate Office for Mac. If Office activation fails, see What to try if you can't install or activate Office for Mac.

    Start activating Word 2016 for Mac

Installation questions

  • How do I pin the Office app icons to the dock?
  1. Go to Finder > Applications and open the Office app you want.

  2. In the Dock, Control+click or right-click the app icon and choose Options > Keep in Dock.

  • Can I install Office on my iPhone or iPad?

Yes, see Install and set up Office on an iPhone or iPad and set up email on an iOS device (iPhone or iPad).

  • What is the product key?

No product key is needed for activation. Instead, you will log in with your current Columbus State credentials to verify your license.


Other resources

Once you have Office 365 installed, check out these other resources to learn more about Microsoft Office software:

 IT Help:

If you have further questions or need assistance, contact IT Support for Remote and In-Person Support

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