How to Update Microsoft Word

Use Windows Update to keep Word fully patched and up-to-date

Microsoft Office uses the same software-update infrastructure as Windows itself. Thus, as long as you keep Windows updated, Office remains updated as well.

How Office Updates Itself

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In the early days of home computing, Microsoft Office didn't update between new versions. Instead, every time the company pushed a new release, people purchased disks or CDs or DVDs with the latest version and installed it.

In the mid-2000s, Microsoft started pushing online patches to Office 2003, a practice it maintained through Office 2010. Those patches used Office Online, so you had to open an Office product and check for updates or install an Office updater utility.

Modern versions of Microsoft Office use Windows Update for the Windows desktop, allowing for more frequent, transparent, and frictionless patching. And because Microsoft 365 is entirely cloud-based, it updates without you having to do anything.

Configuring Windows Update

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To keep Office fully up-to-date, use the Windows Update utility. From within Windows Update, select Advanced Options and ensure that the slider for Receive updates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows is enabled.

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