Install Office 365 on a Personal Device

This document provides instructions on how to install Office 365 on a personal device, for students and staff. Office 365 can be installed on Windows or Mac OS based devices.

1.  Make sure you do not have any older versions or trial versions of Office installed on your computer.  If you do, we strongly recommend that these programs are uninstalled before installing Office 365.  Uninstalling these programs will not remove any existing Word, Excel, or other Office-based documents.

2. Login to your Western email account:
  • Go to, click on the Current Students link at the top of the page, click on the Email link and login to your Western student email account.
3. Click on the App Launcher icon in the upper left corner.  App Launcher Icon
4. Click on the Microsoft 365 link. Microsoft365Link
5.  Click the Install and more link located on the right side, and select the Install Microsoft 365 apps option. 

Install Apps
6. The setup file is usually downloaded to your Downloads folder for most web browsers. This window with information about how to start the installation appears:
7. After the file has been downloaded, the installation should start. If it doesn’t start, navigate to the location of the downloaded file and follow the steps shown in the window that pops up. If you need assistance with the install, click the Need Help Installing? link at the bottom of the window.
  Office 365 Installation Steps
8.  When you activate your installation, use your Western email credentials.
a. Near the end of the activation process, a screen will appear asking to allow your organization to manage your device. Please remove the check mark for this option.
9.  To retain the Office 365 activation, your device needs to be connected to the internet to check-in at least once every 30 days.
10. You may install Office 365 on five personal devices.
11. Office 365 includes the following applications:
  • For Windows based systems: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Skype for Business and OneDrive for Business
  • For Mac OS based systems: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote

If you need further assistance please contact the PC Service Help Desk at 608-789-6266 or

KeywordsOffice 365, Microsoft Office, Install   Doc ID90126
OwnerLinda W.GroupWestern Technical College
Created2019-03-04 16:11:09Updated2024-07-08 07:38:38
SitesWestern Technical College
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