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Office 365: Download & Installation for Mac (Students)

This article covers how CSUF students can download, install, and activate Office 365

Step 1: Remove previous versions of Office from your computer.

If you do not have a previous version of Office installed, proceed to Download Office 365.

If you have an older version of SPSS Statistics on your device you need to remove it before installing the newer version.  

This will prevent potential compatibility issues among multiple versions.  

1. Open up Finder

SPSS Statistics Guide - Jan20 - Word

2. Click on Applications

applications folder

3. Select all the Microsoft Office apps from the list and put them in your Trash

move apps to trash

4. Empty your Trash to finish uninstalling

Note: Open your Trash

1. Click on the gear icon

2. Then click "Empty Trash"

empty trash

Tip: You can also right-click/double-click/control-click on your Trash, then select "Empty Trash"

5. Restart you computer


1. Click on the apple icon

2. Then select "Restart..."

restart computer

Warning: You will need to restart your computer to complete the uninstall process.

Step 2: Download Office 365

1. Go to the Office 365 Software Page and click "Install Office 365"

a. Go to the Office 365 Software Page

b. Click on "Install Office 365"

STS software page

2. Enter your campus password. Then click Sign in.

NOTE: You must be a currently enrolled student actively taking classes at CSUF this semester.

CSUF Student Authentication
  1. Enter your campus password. This is the same password that you use to log on to the campus portal.
  2. Then click Sign In.

3. You'll be prompted to authenticate with Duo.

Duo push notification

Remember you can use Other options to choose another way to authenticate with Duo.

4. In your Office 365 Dashboard, click "Install Office" then "Office 365 apps"

  1. Enter your CSUF email and password
  2. Click "Sign in"
Install Office 2016 screen

NOTE: You must be a currently enrolled student actively taking classes at CSUF this semester.

5. Follow the steps to install Office

Office installation steps

Installation Steps:

  1. Download the installer.
  2. Open to installer.
  3. After installation, start any Office app and sign in with your CSUF email account.
  4. Click Close after reviewing steps.

Tip: Depending on your browser, your pop-up will be a little different...

Step 3: Install Office 365

1. Open the Office 365 Installer

Click Continue

Office getting ready screen

2. Read the Software License Agreement

Click Continue

software license agreement

3. Accept the Software License Agreement

Click Agree

Click Continue

Office installation complete

4. Select where to Install Office

Click Continue

Office installation complete

5. Note the space required

Click Install

Office installation complete

6. Allow Office to install

Office installation complete

7. Office Installation is complete

Click Close

Office installation complete
Step 4: Activate Office 365

1. Launch an Office 365 app

1. Open the Launchpad app (Looks like a rocket in a circle)

2. Find and open an Office app (ex: Word)

Windows start menu

2. Choose whether to Turn on Intelligent Services

Accept Office terms

Alert: If prompted to activate; sign in with your CSUF email to activate Office 365 apps

Office 365 apps are now Installed & Activated

Where are the Office 365 apps Located?

1. Open the Launchpad app (Looks like a rocket in a circle)

2. Apps are located here (Might be on the second page)

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Need technical assistance?

Contact the Student IT Help Desk at (657) 278-8888 or [email protected]

Visit the Student Genius Center on the first floor of the Pollak Library North. Go to the SGC website for walk-in hours:

The Student IT Help Desk and Student Genius Center can assist with:

  • Issues with installing Office 365
  • Issues with activating Office 365