How to Update Word on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking to update your Microsoft Word software? Updating your Word application is essential to ensure you have access to the latest features, bug fixes, and security patches. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of updating Word on your Mac.

Check for Updates

The first step in updating Word on your Mac is to check for any available updates. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Word: Launch the Microsoft Word application on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search.

  2. Go to the Help Menu: Once Word is open, click on the “Help” menu located in the top menu bar.

  3. Select “Check for Updates”: From the drop-down menu, select “Check for Updates.” This will initiate a search for any available updates for your Word application.

If there are updates available, you will be prompted with options to download and install them. Make sure you have a stable internet connection to ensure a smooth update process.

Install Updates

Once you have checked for updates and they are available, follow these steps to install them:

  1. Select Updates: After clicking on “Check for Updates,” a window will appear showing a list of available updates. Select the updates you want to install by checking their respective checkboxes.

  2. Click “Install”: Once you have selected the desired updates, click on the “Install” button located in the bottom-right corner of the window.

  3. Enter Administrator Password: You may be prompted to enter your Mac’s administrator password.

    This step is necessary to grant permission for the installation of updates.

  4. Wait for Installation: The selected updates will now begin to download and install. Make sure not to close Word or turn off your Mac during this process.

Once the installation is complete, you will receive a notification confirming the successful update of Word on your Mac.

Automatic Updates

To ensure you always have the latest version of Word and don’t miss out on important updates, you can enable automatic updates. Here’s how:

  1. Open Microsoft AutoUpdate: Search for “Microsoft AutoUpdate” using Spotlight search or locate it in the Applications folder.

  2. Select Preferences: Once Microsoft AutoUpdate is open, go to the “Preferences” tab located in the top menu bar.

  3. Select Update Options: In the Preferences tab, select the “Update Options” button.

  4. Select Automatic Updates: Tick the checkbox next to “Automatically download and install updates.” This will ensure that Word updates are installed automatically without any manual intervention.

By enabling automatic updates, you can stay up-to-date with the latest features and security improvements without having to manually check for updates regularly.

In Conclusion

In this tutorial, we have covered how to update Word on your Mac. Remember to regularly check for available updates and install them to keep your Word application running smoothly. Additionally, consider enabling automatic updates for a hassle-free experience.

Now that you know how to update Word on your Mac, you can ensure that you have access to the latest features and improvements. Happy updating!

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