How To Activate Office 2013

Earlier this week, Microsoft released the final version of Microsoft Office 2013 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. By now many of you might have installed Office 2013 RTM on your Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines. Unlike Office 2010, Office 2013 setup doesn’t ask you enter the product key during the installation.

Microsoft Office 2013

So, once you complete the installation, you need to enter the key and activate your product.

Office 2013 is compatible with only Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. Vista and XP users need to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8 to experience the newest version of Office.

After completing the Office 2013 setup, just follow the given below steps to activate your Office 2013 copy.

Step 1: Once installed, run Office Word, Excel or any other program. You will immediately see Activate Office dialog.

Activate Office 2013

Step 2: Click Enter a product key instead option, enter the 25 character product key and then click Install button to activate your copy of Office 2013.

Activate Office 2013 Step1

Activate Office 2013 Step2

Step 3: Click File menu and then click Account to see Product Activated message on the right-hand side.

Activate Office 2013 Step5



  1. John Driscoll says

    I took the free update from Windows 7 to Windows 10 which seemed to be working okay for everyday personal operations.
    I did NOT receive the 25 character key!
    Now, suddenly, each time I open Word or Excel, I get a message saying I have four days to activate Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013.
    There is no clear indication of how to do this; only a three step sequence that leads to a dead end: a message saying ACTIVATION NECESSARY.
    Incidentally over the years,! I have NEVER signed up for the Professional versions of Office!
    Is Microsoft trying to drive users mad?

    John Driscoll
    September 7 2015 at 3.37 p.m.

  2. Chris Greenhall says

    I have downloaded Office 2013 with SP1 32 bit to a 64 bit HP laptop as part of our volume licensing entitlement.
    When I open Word I get a pop-up that says:
    Microsoft Word has stopped working.
    A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.
    The program does not close automatically. I click the “Close Program” box and then “nothing” – I wait days and I am no further forward.
    Help please

  3. christina weatherall says

    I download office from my college as it came free but I had to upgrade my laptop since so I downloaded office into the new laptop but I had battery problems and had to return that laptop and got another new laptop. Now I’ve re downloaded office but I can’t activate it so now I can’t do any school projects on my laptop I’ve spoke to geek squad they can’t help I called the 888 number for help and that did not help what I’m I going to do? No one is helping me

  4. Kemper Magnolia says

    Great thanks , it really save our money , anyway if you meet problem in the activation , u could search “ms key offer windows” by Yahoo to get the serial number , it’s also very convenient .

  5. Constance Madsen says

    I have set up a Microsoft account and have entered my 25-character product key and this still won’t activate my programs (install). I’m almost sorry I purchased this, when I purchased my computer. This is to be an easy set up, but it’s everything but that.

  6. Bander says


    I ve installed the Microsoft office 365 Home premium on my PC win8.1. However, when I opened the word account I didn’t see ‘product activated’ under the product information. I only see subscription product’..However, when I access Microsoft ‘My account ‘ all the installation details appear and I also have a confirmation email of successfully activated from Microsoft.

    please help me see the ‘product activated’ word.

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    I purchased an Office 2013 in July of this year and PC World installed it onto my computer at the time of purchase. However I had a problem with the computer and it needed to be set back to factory settings which has resulted in Office 2013 not being on there anymore. I have tried to re activate the 25 digit number but it will not work. Could you please send me instructions how to reactivate this as I need this programme for my work. Thank you in anticipation

    Gillian Clarkson

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