New computers often have Microsoft Office pre-installed, but it has to be activated to continue using it after the trial period. Microsoft lets its users pick between buying a yearly subscription to Office 365, which includes a suite of premium apps, or activating Microsoft Excel with a one-time license. In any case, the activation will be linked to your Microsoft account.
There are two possible scenarios with pre-installed software. It's either a free trial or an included offer of a one-time purchase or one-year subscription. If the screen says "start your free 30-day trial," you'll need to purchase a copy of Microsoft Excel still. If you choose to purchase Microsoft Excel separately, it can be found online at the Microsoft Store or you can purchase a product key from other electronics retailers.
However, if the screen shows "You've Got Office" and displays a sign-in link, the software is already paid for. In that case, it's easy to activate Microsoft Office by signing in to a Microsoft account or creating a new account. Both options will display as buttons below "Learn More." By creating the account, your copy will be activated. When there are troubles with activating Microsoft Excel through this method, reinstalling the software often resolves any bugs in the process.
Some stores provide a card or email with a product key after purchase. There are a few steps involved in this route:
Once that process is complete, your copy of Microsoft Excel is activated and you can throw away the product key card. In the future, if you need to reinstall the software, you can use it again with your Microsoft account. It's important to remember and use the same email and password so you can always access your Microsoft Office products.
After thousands of Microsoft Excel customers came to GetHuman in search of an answer to this problem (and many others), we decided it was time to publish instructions. So we put together How Do I Activate My Microsoft Excel? to try to help. It takes time to get through these steps according to other users, including time spent working through each step and contacting Microsoft Excel if necessary. Best of luck and please let us know if you successfully resolve your issue with guidance from this page.
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