Transferring a Microsoft Office Product key to a new computer

From Office 2013 onwards, Microsoft has let you transfer Office software between devices – as long as they're being used by the same person. This guide will show you how to add Microsoft Office to a new PC or Mac using your existing product key.

Office 365 & Office 2016

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1.

Open the web browser on your computer and go to www.office.com/myaccount.

2.

Click My Account.

3.

If you select Install, you'll see the number of installations you have remaining for your licence. If you don't have any left, you can remove a licence from a PC you're not using.

4.

Follow the on-screen instructions to install Office on your new PC.

Office 2013

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If you bought Office 2013 on its own, you can move the software from your old computer to a new one once every 90 days.

1.

If you've still got it, turn on your old computer and connect it to the internet.

2.

On your new computer, install Office.

3.

Type your product key when you're asked to.

4.

When asked if you'd like to 'move the licence to your new device', click Yes.

5.

Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation.

If your old computer isn't working or you can't connect it to the internet, you'll need to contact Microsoft, who can activate Office for you.

 

Hopefully, this is all the help you need. For more super-helpful tips, you can contact someone from Team Knowhow here.

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