The familiar Windows shortcuts that showed up in Excel initially now work in Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote as well, which saves those of us who regularly use both PCs and Macs a lot of keyboard fumbling. Many of the function key shortcuts have been the same in Word and Excel on the Mac and Windows for years because they were in the early Mac versions of Word and Excel long before Office came to Windows , so Shift-F3 cycles selected text through upper and lower case in Word on both Windows and macOS, and F5 opens the Go To dialog in Excel.
Not all the Office shortcuts from Windows are available though, because there are some like F12 for Save As that are already used by macOS for other things. At any rate, all the features sit inside a true Mac interface, from the Retina graphics and high resolution document themes to the familiar scroll bounce.
If anything, Office is almost too much of a Mac application, because instead of putting everything on the ribbon the way Office does on Windows, it both splits and duplicates features between the ribbon and the menus.
You get both a Table menu and a set of Table commands on the Insert tab of the ribbon in Word , and the Tools menu and Review tab have almost the same set of commands — but not quite. The Protect Document command is on both the Tools menu and the Review tab — but the Restrict Permission tool from the Review tab is on the File menu instead.
Similarly, the commands from the View tab are split between the View and Window menus. This gives menu fans the option of minimising the ribbon and ignoring it, but there are a few things ribbon users will have to go look for in the menu.
Not only does it show you your OneDrive folders by default in the Open and Save dialogs and the multiple columns of macOS continue to be the best way to handle lots of nested folders , but you can see files and folders that have been shared with you right in the same dialog.
That makes collaboration far simpler — on Windows, you have to start in the OneDrive website rather than being able to open a document someone has shared directly in Word or Excel.
Windows users will be envious, especially since Microsoft stripped out the OneDrive integration in the Office dialogs on Windows in a recent update.
You can see your own cloud files, and files that other people have shared with you, which is a big time saver. That Office experience pushes you towards saving documents in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business and SharePoint so you can use the new document sharing and improved shared editing features. Security and sharing On Windows, Office puts the sharing options in the File menu. Choose the language and bit version you want, and then select Install.
Install Office on a PC Note: If you're running Windows 10 S , you may be taken to the Microsoft Store app. If that happens, follow the installation steps in Install or reinstall Office from the Microsoft Store instead. If you see the User Account Control prompt that says, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? The install begins. Your install is finished when you see the phrase, "You're all set!
Office is installed now" and an animation plays to show you where to find Office applications on your computer. Select Close. Follow the instructions in the window to find your Office apps. For example depending on your version of Windows, select Start and then scroll to find the app you want to open such as Excel or Word, or type the name of the app in the search box.
Installation or sign in issues? If you're unable to install Office see Troubleshoot installing Office for more help. Activate Office Start using an Office application right away by opening any app such as Word or Excel. Can't find Office after installing? In most cases, Office is activated once you start an application and after you agree to the License terms by selecting Accept. Office might activate automatically.
However, depending on your product you might see the Microsoft Office Activation Wizard. If so, follow the prompts to activate Office. If you need activation help, see Activate Office. Sign in to download Office Go to your Microsoft account portal and if you're not already signed in, select Sign in. If you're stuck at the Verifying….
On the first installation screen, select Continue to begin the installation process. Review the software license agreement, and then click Continue. Select Agree to agree to the terms of the software license agreement. Choose how you want to install Office and click Continue. Review the disk space requirements or change your install location, and then click Install.
Sign in with the Microsoft account you associated with this version of Office. Forgot your account details? See I forgot the account I use with Office. On Services and subscriptions, find the Office product you want to install and select Install. To install Office in a different language, or to install the bit version , select the link Other options. Choose the language and bit version you want, and then select Install. Install Office on a PC Note: