Although the new Microsoft Office 2016 carries improvements over the previous Office versions, you may still not want to upgrade it. Users of Office 365, who are using earlier versions of Microsoft Office desktop software are seeing this popup notification add on their computers that recommends an upgrade to Office 2016 – GET THE NEW OFFICE, It’s one of the perks of having Office 365.
For instance, every time you open an Office program like say, Word, a notification in a yellow message bar on top of the window says “Get the new Office” along with “See what’s new” and “Update Office“.
If you click on “Update Office” accidentally, the Office 2013 installation will be upgraded to Office 2016. Therefore, you must disable “Upgrade to Office” notification permanently if you want to avoid any unwanted installation.
Disable GET THE NEW OFFICE Notification
Using Registry Editor
This option involves editing the Registry key of your PC.
Open the registry by pressing the keyboard shortcut – Windows key + R. Enter regedit into the Run menu, press Enter, and confirm with Yes.
Next, navigate to the following location:
Add the following value under the office update subkey:
Using an Easy Fix from Microsoft
Alternatively, you can download Microsoft’s “Easy fix” that will implement above Step 1 and Step 2 automatically and restart your computer for it to come into effect.
Download Easy Fix and run it. Then follow the steps in the Easy fix wizard.
This installation wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
Disable Upgrade to Office Notifications
Some users who have already used Easy Fix, have observed that while the “Get The New Office” prompt stops appearing, however the “Updates Available” prompt now appears frequently but doesn’t actually install any Office 2013 updates. In case you too experience the same then follow the below steps for solution.
Using Registry Editor
Press Win+R to open the Run box. To open the Registry Editor, type regedit and click OK.
Navigate to the following key:
In the right pane of the registry editor, double-click UpdatesBlockedTime. The Edit String dialog box appears. In the Value data field, change the existing value to 0, and then click OK.
Close the Registry Editor.
Using Group Policy
This option can be used by Office 365 ProPlus and Business users.
Go to the Group Policy Editor > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Office 2013 (Machine) > Updates.
Now open Enable Automatic Upgrade and select Disabled. Click Apply. The Office upgrade prompt is now disabled.
This Group Policy setting can be used only on computers that are joined to a domain.
Microsoft will continue to support Office 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus until February 2017 with updates.