How to Uninstall Office From Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Uninstalling Office from Mac can be a straightforward process if you follow the steps carefully. Whether you want to uninstall Office because you no longer need it or because you want to upgrade to a newer version, this guide will help you through the process.

Before You Begin

Before uninstalling Office, it’s important to back up your files and make sure you have access to your product key or subscription information. This ensures that you can reinstall Office later if needed.

Step 1: Quit All Office Applications

To start the uninstallation process, make sure all Office applications are closed. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and any other Office programs running in the background.

To quit an application, go to the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on the application name, and select “Quit [Application Name]. “

Step 2: Uninstalling Office

To uninstall Office from your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder: Click on the Finder icon in your dock or go to your Applications folder and click on Finder.
  2. Select Applications: In the left sidebar of Finder, click on “Applications” under “Favorites” or “Devices.” This will display all your installed applications.
  3. Locate Microsoft Office: Scroll through the list of applications and locate “Microsoft Office.”

    You may find multiple versions if you have installed different editions of Office.

  4. Delete Microsoft Office: Drag the Microsoft Office folder(s) to Trash or right-click on each folder and select “Move to Trash. “
  5. Empty Trash: Once you have moved all the Microsoft Office folders to Trash, right-click on the Trash icon in your dock and select “Empty Trash. “

Step 3: Remove Office Preferences

After deleting the Microsoft Office folders, you should also remove the associated preferences to ensure a complete uninstallation. To do this:

  1. Open Finder: Click on the Finder icon in your dock or go to your Applications folder and click on Finder.
  2. Select Go: In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on “Go” and select “Go to Folder..”
  3. Enter Library Folder Path: In the “Go to Folder” window, type “~/Library” (without quotes) and click “Go.” This will open the Library folder.
  4. Delete Office Preferences: In the Library folder, locate and delete any folders or files with names starting with “” or “Microsoft” related to Office.

Step 4: Restart Your Mac

To complete the uninstallation process, restart your Mac. This ensures that any remaining Office-related processes are terminated and any system changes take effect.


You have successfully uninstalled Microsoft Office from your Mac. If you ever decide to reinstall it, make sure you have your product key or subscription information handy for a smooth installation process.

Remember that uninstalling Office only removes the application files from your Mac. Your personal documents such as Word files or Excel spreadsheets will not be deleted during this process. It’s always a good idea to back up important files before making any changes to your system.

We hope this guide has helped you uninstall Office from your Mac effectively. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to consult the official Microsoft support documentation or contact their support team.

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