Microsoft Office

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

Be sure to make a note of where you save the installer.

Install Microsoft Office

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

Open the .zip file and double-click setup.exe to run it. Read and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Double-click on the ISO file to begin the download.

ISO file will download in lower left corner of browser window.

After the download completes, open the ISO file to find three items. First, open the ReadMe.txt file to review the instructions, then open the two .pkg files, as seen below.

Open ISO file to find the readme.txt and installation files

Double-click on the ISO file to begin download. After the download completes, open the ISO file to find three items. First, open the readme.txt file (as seen below) to review the instructions for downloading the latest installer from Microsoft, then installing the Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac installation package (.pkg file) included in the ISO file.

Microsoft Office 2019 deployment instructions

Activate Microsoft Office

To activate your Office download, you must have a secure campus network connection or be connected via VPN if off-campus.

  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 set up 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 the following and wait for the command to finish executing:

    cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms.cc.columbia.edu
  10. Type the following and wait for the command to finish executing:

    cscript ospp.vbs /act
  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 set up VPN. VPN download and instructions.
     
  3. Type “CMD” into the Windows search box. Right click on the CMD program and select Run as administrator. This is important, activation will not complete if you do not run as an administrator.
select run as administrator screenshot

Note: There are two versions of MS Office 2016, try the first command below, and if you receive an error, then try the second command underneath.

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 the following and wait for the command to finish executing:

    cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms.cc.columbia.edu
  • Type the following and wait for the command to finish executing:

    cscript ospp.vbs /act
  • You have now successfully activated Microsoft Office. If you receive an error, 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 the following and wait for the command to finish executing:

    cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms.cc.columbia.edu
  • Type the following and wait for the command to finish executing:

    cscript ospp.vbs /act
  • You have now successfully activated Microsoft Office. If there were errors, please note the statements at the top (Date/VPN notes).
administrator command prompt