This tutorial shows how to update Word in Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) on a PC. Even if your Microsoft 365 account updates automatically, you may want to do a manual update occasionally because it doesn’t always update immediately upon the release of new features.
In addition to Word, this process will also update your other Microsoft 365 apps, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Please note that this process is for individual Microsoft 365 accounts. These steps will also work for Word 2019 and Word 2016.
This process isn’t for group accounts, which are normally updated by the network administrator.
If you need to update Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007, or Word for Mac, please visit Microsoft’s support website.
This tutorial is also available as a YouTube video showing all the steps in real time.
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New features are added to Word in Microsoft 365 regularly. So, don’t miss the bonus section at the bottom of this tutorial to learn the easiest way to keep up to date on new features.
How to Update Word in Microsoft 365
- Ensure you are connected to the internet.
- Open Microsoft Word.
- Select the Account tab in the Home view.
Pro Tip: If you already have a file open, you can get to the Account view by selecting the File tab in the ribbon (see figure 11), followed by the Account tab in the Backstage view (see figure 12).
- Select the Update Options button in the Account view.
- Select Update Now from the menu. (If your button says Enable Updates instead of Update Now, select Enable Updates first.)
- Wait for the dialog box to run a check for updates.
If updates are found, another dialog box will appear stating that updates are being downloaded. The download process may take several minutes. (Skip to step 11 if you don’t have any updates.)
- Save your open files and close the apps listed in the Save your work before continuing dialog box. (Your apps may differ from the apps listed in figure 6.)
- Select the Continue button.
A dialog box will appear stating that updates are being applied. This dialog box will automatically close when the updates are finished.
- Reopen Word.
- Select the Close button in the dialog box stating that updates were installed.
- If no updates were found, select the Close button in the You’re up to date dialog box.
Now, let’s take a look at how to stay up to date with Word’s features.
Bonus Section: How to Learn about New Features in Word
You can learn about new features in Word for Microsoft 365 by visiting Microsoft’s web page “What’s New in Microsoft 365” or through Word’s interface:
- Select the File tab in the ribbon.
- Select the Account tab in the Backstage view.
- Select the What’s New button in the Account view.
The What’s New pane will open.
- Select the X to close the pane when you are finished reviewing the new features.