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Microsoft Office

Installing Microsoft Office on Your Windows Computer

Students, faculty and staff can install a subscription version of Microsoft Office on their computer following the steps below. Using this method, Microsoft Office will remain fully functional as long as you have an active Dartmouth student, faculty or staff account. When your account transitions to an alumni account or becomes inactive, you will continue to be able to use the Microsoft Office suite of products, but with limited read-only functionality. If you needed to create a new file, or edit an existing one, after your Dartmouth account transitions, you would need to purchase Microsoft Office.

Under the terms of our agreement with Microsoft, you can use these steps to install Microsoft Office on up to five different computers.

  1. Un-install any previous versions of Microsoft Office before beginning this process. If you need to un-install a previous version, make sure you restart your computer before proceeding.
    Note: If you need to reinstall Microsoft Office on a computer on which you previously installed it, you need deactivate that computer following the steps below before you can reinstall it on the same computer.
  2. Open a web browser and navigate to the Dartmouth Blitz Web Access Portal:
  3. Log in with your Dartmouth credentials (NetID and password).
  4. When your E-mail opens, click the gear icon found in the upper right corner of the window, then click Office 365 Settings from the menu that appears.
  5. On the Office 365 settings screen, click Software in the left column.
  6. Click your language (English is the default), then click Install to begin the download. 32 bit is the recommended version.
    Note: You will need a network connection for the whole installation.
  7. Click Save File to save the installer to your downloads folder.
  8. Open your downloads folder and double click the file that was downloaded to begin the installation.
  9. Click Run. Depending upon the speed of your network connection, this installation could take some time.
  10. When prompted, click Next.
  11. When prompted click Accept if you agree to the terms of the Microsoft Office License Agreement.
  12. Click Next and follow the prompts until complete. 
    You will not be prompted to activate your software installation.

Deactivating Your Installation of Microsoft Office

As noted, you can install Microsoft Office on up to five computers. To deactivate one of these installation, follow the steps 2 through 5 above. Then, select the computer from the list of those that you've install this version of Microsoft Office on and click Deactivate. Microsoft Office will only have limited read-only functionality on the computer selected.

Microsoft Software Updates

Microsoft provides a Web site where you can have your computer scanned for updates that are available for the versions of Microsoft's products (Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) installed on your computer. If updates are found, you can install them directly from the Web site.

Download Microsoft Software Updates

Office 2007 Compatibility with Older Versions of Office

Files created with the Microsoft Office 2007 suite of applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) have a different file format than earlier versions of Office. This means that earlier versions of Office applications cannot read files created with Office 2007 applications. If you receive a file created in Office 2007, a converter is available that, once installed, will allow you to open these files.

If you plan on giving copies of files you create in Office 2007 to people who have earlier versions of Office (e.g., Office 2003 on Windows or Office 2004 on the Macintosh), we recommend you change the default file format in Office 2007 applications to be the same format as earlier versions of Office. This will allow you to create a file in an Office 2007 application, save it as you normally would, then have that file be able to be opened by anyone running previous versions of Office.

To change the default file type:

  1. Start the Office 2007 application whose default file format you want to modify.
  2. Click the Office button (found in the upper-left corner of the application).
  3. Click the Word Options (or Excel Options or PowerPoint Options, depending upon which application you are in) button.
  4. Click Save from the menu.
  5. In the Save files in this format field, select Word 97-2003 Document (or Excel 97-2003 Document or PowerPoint 97-2003 Document, depending upon which application you are in).
  6. Click OK.

From now on, when you create a new file and select to save it, the file format will be compatible with the earlier versions of Office.

As an alternative, if you have Office 2007 and you are exchanging files with someone who has an earlier version of Office for Windows, they can download and install the Office Compatibility Pack, which will allow them to open Office 2007 files.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Call Center at 646-2999, or send e-mail to

Last Updated: 7/3/14