Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is an office suite for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. On Microsoft Windows, the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Publisher. On Mac OS X, the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

If you need help with this software after installing it on a home computer, please get support from a third-party service provider in your local area.

Note: Office 365 is not a service provided by CUIT. If you signed up for Office365 directly with Microsoft, you will need to contact Microsoft for any password issues. If Office 365 was provided by your school or department, please contact your school or departmental IT support.

Eligibility

Eligibility to download Microsoft Office is generally limited to University officers, support staff, faculty and specific graduate/professional students at CUMC and SIPA.

If you are not eligible, you will not be able to download the installer and will be redirected to a page with additional information. For more information, please visit our Microsoft Campus Agreement information page.

Computer Requirements

Please make sure your computer meets the necessary requirements to install:

Download and Installation

1. Download the installer (required UNI login):

2. Save the installer to your hard drive, and make a note of where you saved it.

3. For Windows Vista, 7, and 8:

  • Double-click the installer (msoffice2013.exe for Office 2013; msoffice2010.exe for Office 2010) to begin installation. Read and follow the on screen instructions.

For Windows 10:

  • Open the . zip file and run setup.exe then read and follow the on screen instructions.

For Microsoft Office 2016 / 2011 for Mac OS X:

  • Double-click the ISO file.
  • Double-click Office Installer.
  • Click "Continue" and follow instructions for installer.

For Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X:

  • Unzip msoffice2008-mac.zip.
  • Double-click Office Installer.
  • Click "Continue" and follow instructions for installer.
  • Click Continue when the "Remove Office" screen of the Installer appears (if you have prior versions of Office installed).
  • Check appropriate box (Microsoft Office XXXX) and click "continue".
  • Click "Close" when the installer has finished.
  1. Log in using an account with Local Administrator privileges.

  2. Confirm that your Date, Time and Region Settings are correct. Activation may not work if these are set wrong.

  3. Activation requires a secure campus network connection. If you are off campus, you will need to setup VPN. VPN download and instructions.

  4. Go to Start → All Programs → Accessories → Command Prompt.

  5. Right-click the Command Prompt program entry.

  6. Select Run as Administrator. This is important, activation will not complete if you do not run as Administrator.
     
  7. At the prompt type, type the following command and press enter:

    cd\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14


    (if you are running Windows 64 bit replace "Program Files" with "Program Files (x86)")

  8. Now you should see either


    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14> or

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14>

  9. Type: cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms.cc.columbia.edu
    (wait for the command to finish executing)
     
  10. Type: cscript ospp.vbs /act
    (wait for the command to finish executing)
     
  11. You have now successfully activated Microsoft Office.
  1. Log in using an account with Local Administrator privileges.

  2. Confirm that your Date, Time and Region Settings are correct. Activation may not work if these are set wrong.

  3. Activation requires a secure campus network connection. If you are off campus, you will need to setup VPN. VPN download and instructions.

  4. Go to Start → All Programs → Accessories → Command Prompt.

  5. Right-click the Command Prompt program entry.

  6. Select Run as Administrator. This is important, activation will not complete if you do not run as Administrator.
     
  7. At the prompt type, type the following command and press enter:

    cd\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15

    (if you are running Windows 64 bit replace "Program Files" with "Program Files (x86)")

  8. Now you should see either


    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15> or

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15>

  9. Type: cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms.cc.columbia.edu
    (wait for the command to finish executing)
     
  10. Type: cscript ospp.vbs /act
    (wait for the command to finish executing)
     
  11. You have now successfully activated Microsoft Office.
  1. Confirm that your Date, Time and Region Settings are correct. Activation may not work if these are set wrong.
     
  2. Activation requires a secure campus network connection. If you are off campus, you will need to setup VPN. VPN download and instructions.
     
  3. Type “CMD” into the Windows search box. Right click on the “CMD” program and select "Run as administrator”.
select run as administrator screenshot

Select Run as Administrator. This is important, activation will not complete if you do not run as Administrator.

Note: There are two versions of MS Office 2016, try one command and if you notice an error, try the other command.

  • Command #1 is for 64-bit Office and 64-bit Windows (also for 32-bit on 32-bit)
  • At the prompt type, type the following command and press enter:
    cd\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
  • Type: cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms.cc.columbia.edu (wait for the command to finish executing)
  • Type: cscript ospp.vbs /act (wait for the command to finish executing)
  • You have now successfully activated Microsoft Office. Or try Command #2 below.

Command #2 is for 32-bit Office on 64-bit Windows

  • At the prompt type, type the following command and press enter:
    cd\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16
  • Type: cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms.cc.columbia.edu (wait for the command to finish executing)
  • Type: cscript ospp.vbs /act (wait for the command to finish executing)
  • You have now successfully activated Microsoft Office. If there were errors, please note the statements at the top (Date/VPN notes).
administrator command prompt