A Microsoft office product key is a 25-character code used to activate Windows and helps verify that Windows hasn't been used on more PCs than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow.
If you have just purchased Microsoft Office, you may be experiencing some difficulties with how to use it.
For example, you may be unsure how to use your Product Key in Microsoft Office, or you need to Re-install office and are unsure of doing so without a product key.
Even if you want to know how to work around your installations without having a product key, this is the article for you. If you want to learn how to do so, then keep reading.
There are two directions you can take for this. One, if your product key is new and never used, second if you bought your product key through Microsoft Store.
Lastly, If you Purchased Microsoft Office through Microsoft HUP, this is how you enter your Product Key:
The first thing you should check for is if you see a screen that says Let’s Get Started. It should also be giving you options to try, buy, or activate Microsoft Office.
What this screen means is that the Microsoft Office program that is installed on your PC is only there as a 1-month trial of Office 365 Home.
This also means that you will not be receiving a product key from your PC manufacturer unless you paid for an Office product key card.
When you receive your Microsoft Office Key card, it may be necessary to turn the card over and gently scratch off the silver foil on the back to reveal your product key.
Keep in mind that a Product key may also have barcodes and other groups of letters and numbers that may seem confusing.
However, your product will always be shown in the form of:
In this case, you should rely on your Microsoft Office account and not a product key in order to install and utilize applications such as Office and other individually bought applications like Project, Visio, Outlook, Excel, and Word.
Keep in mind that if you purchased a new and unused Office 365 card to either renew an Office 365 subscription or buy your trial, you can enter that product key if Office asks you to provide it.
However, there are a couple of exceptions where you will do something more than sign in.
It is not required. All you will need to do is navigate to the Microsoft accounts > Services >Subscriptions page and sign in, making sure to use the Microsoft account that you used to purchase Microsoft Office.
However, you will need a product key to install Office Professional Plus, Visio Professional, or Project Professional through Microsoft HUP.
Yes, you can change your product key for Office Home and Business, Office Professional, Office home & student, and also individually purchased applications.
You are also able to change or switch up your Office license if you buy a different version of Microsoft Office.
For example, if at first, you have Home and Business but later decide that you would like to subscribe to Office 365, you can switch your existing installation from one to the other.
Unfortunately, your entire product key is not displayed within Office for security reasons.
There are other options, for example, you can view the Microsoft account that Office belongs in Office 365, office 2019, and Office 2019.
This account takes the place of your product key and can be used to reinstall Office from the Microsoft accounts > Services and Subscriptions page and start-up and activate Office.
If you would like to view the Microsoft account that Office belongs to, then first open a document in Word or any other Office applications, and navigate to File and then to Account.
Search for the email address that is visible after Belongs to located under the product name.
Whether you can view your product key online depends on the type of Office you purchased. Below are the instructions for viewing your product key online for three different Office programs.
Unfortunately, if you purchased this Office you will not be able to view your Product key Online.
If and when you are asked for a product key, you can always just use your Microsoft account that you used when purchasing Office to sign in in place of the product key.
If you purchased the following Office programs mentioned in the subheading above, you could view your product key online.
You can find it on the Services & Subscriptions page through your Microsoft account.
You will only need the product keys if it is your first time purchasing Office Home & Business, Office Professional, or individual Office apps.
Any reinstallations will not require a product key and neither will the activation. If you reinstall or go to activate and you are still asked for a product key, you can follow the steps in the above heading that instruct you to sign in using your Microsoft account.
If you still feel the need to look at your product key, you can follow the steps below:
If you purchased Office Professional Plus, Visio Professional, or Project Professional through a Microsoft HUP benefit from your employer, you can visit your product key online through your “Order Details” page.
You happened to purchase Office Home & Student, Office Home & Business, Office Professional, or individual apps from the Microsoft store but you have yet to install them.
You are able to view their product keys and install them through the Microsoft Store.
Steps to viewing your product key in the Microsoft Store:
An Office key shown on the Services & Subscriptions page through your Microsoft account is guaranteed to be different from the product key shown on an email receipt or a product key card. This is because they are not the same type of key despite their confusingly similar format.
Whether or not you can buy a product key depends on your intentions with Office. The steps below highlight different actions you can take to purchase a product key.
This is a way to ensure that Office will be activated successfully.
When shopping for Office product keys from outside sources, check on some tips online for safer shopping in order to know how to pick out genuine Microsoft software.
Make sure to read the tip “Beware of product Keys Sold Separately” if you want to purchase a product key online.
If you buy a product key that does not work or has stopped working, see the section below titled “My Office Key isn’t working”.
If you have a valid proof that you have purchased a product key and you happened to damage it, Microsoft might be able to replace your product key. If they are unable to replace it, they may present other options.
If you have misplaced the product key or believe it has been stolen and you would like to purchase a newer version of Office, you can go online and compare price options to make your purchase.
There are plenty of sellers out there who offer abused, stolen, or unauthorized product keys in order to get a quick buck. These keys could be printed with counterfeit labels with a download link to Microsoft software.
Sometimes they can be distributed with software media not authorized for resales like promotional media, or other Microsoft program-specific media.
These are all unfortunate mishaps, but they happen often which is why, as mentioned previously, it is important to be safe when purchasing these keys from outside sources.
If you are experiencing an issue with a product key where you need to come in contact with a Microsoft representative.
Getting help through the browser is also fast and free, and you will be presented with a virtual agent that will work to help you solve your issue.
Along with the “Get Help” app and support through the browser, there are three other support options: Business, IT & developer, your local Microsoft Store, and for people with disabilities, there is a Disability Answer Desk.
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