Skip to main content
Skip to main navigation
Illinois State University

Installing Microsoft Office for Mac OS X from Office 365

Office 365 is a cloud-based Microsoft productivity suite that gives you access to Microsoft services and software, such as email, calendaring, Microsoft Office suite, OneDrive, Office Online, and other features.

As part of the Office 365 A2 Plan with Student Advantage, Illinois State University students, faculty, and staff are entitled to install Microsoft Office on up ten devices. The latest version of Microsoft Office for Mac OS X is Microsoft Office 2016.

As of the Office 365 for Mac November 2019 update, macOS 10.13.6 or later is required to receive updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.

Important: Illinois State University annuitants do not have the option to install Microsoft Office on their personal devices. They do, however, have access to Office Online Cloud Based Apps:

Install Microsoft Office for Mac

To install Microsoft Office 2016, do the following:

  1. Before installing Microsoft Office 2016, the Technology Support Center recommends uninstalling any existing version of Microsoft Office on your computer. For more information, see 740: Uninstalling Microsoft Office.
  2. Go to
  3. Log in to Office 365 with your Illinois State email address and password.
  4. You will be brought to the Office 365 homepage. Click [Install Office] on the top right corner of the screen.
  1. Click [Office 365 Apps]. The Microsoft installer will download to your computer.
  • You can also click [Other Install Options] to install Office in different languages or to specify the downloads you would like.
  1. Double-click the [Microsoft installer] to begin installation.
  2. Click [Continue] and follow the on-screen instructions to install Office.
  3. You may be asked “How would you like to get started?” after you install Office. Click [Sign in to an existing Office 365 subscription] and enter your Illinois State email address and password.

Microsoft Office 2016 will now be installed on your computer. Please Note: This will not automatically configure the Outlook app with Office 365 mail account. You must now configure Outlook for Office 365 manually.

Please refer to 1437: Configuring Outlook in Mac OS X for Office 365 Email and Calendar

How to Get Help

For technical assistance, you may contact the Technology Support Center at 309-438-4357, or by email at

See Also: