office.com/setup: Office is one of the most popular productivity suites in the world, which means you’re likely going to come across Office documents at some point. If you need to open, edit, or create Office documents but don’t want to pay for Office, there are several options available. You can use the free trial to gain access to all of Office’s features for a full month. You can also use Office web apps for free to create and edit documents online. There are free Office apps available for mobile devices, and you can use alternatives that support Office formats.
Step 1: Use the trial to try out Office 365 for a month. You can use Office for free for one month by downloading the Office 365 trial. This includes the Office 2016 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other Office programs. Office 365 is the only version of Office with a free trial available.
- Signing up for the free trial will require a valid credit card, but you will not be charged until the start of the second month. Canceling before the end of the first month will prevent any charges and allow you to use the trial for the entire first month.
Step 2: Visit the Office trial website. You can download the trial from the official Office website. Visit products.office.com/try to open the trial page.
Step 3: Click the “Try 1-month free” button. This will begin the sign-up process.
Step 4: Log in with your Microsoft account, or create one. You’ll be prompted to log in with your Microsoft account. You can use any Hotmail, Live.com, or Outlook.com email address to sign in, or you can create a new account for free. Creating an account is required for the trial.
Step 5: Enter in a valid credit card. You’ll need to enter a credit or debit card in order to start your trial. This card will not be charged immediately, but you will be charged the monthly Office 365 fee if you don’t cancel by the end of the trial.
Step 6: Download the Office 365 installer. After creating your account and entering your credit card information, you’ll be given a link to download the Office 365 installer. The installer itself is very small, and should only take a few moments to download.
Step 7: Run the installer after downloading it. Once the installer has downloaded, run it to begin the actual download and installation of Office. You may be prompted to enter your Microsoft account again before the download begins.
- During installation, you’ll be given the option to select which Office products you want to install. You can save time and hard drive space by deselecting the programs you won’t be using. You can always install them again later if you end up needing them.
- The installation process will take a fair amount of time, especially if you have a slow internet connection.
Step 8: Start your Office programs. You’ll be able to find your newly-installed Office programs in your Start menu. You can use all of the features of the programs for your entire trial.