How to update Microsoft Office 2016/2013 manually

Microsoft recently released Office 2013 Service Pack 1 for customers wanting to experience enhanced level of general stability, functionality, and security in Office, SharePoint Server, and related products. The pack comes with many improvements and changes, compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11, better support for modern hardware, such as high DPI devices and the precision touchpad and more.

What’s worth noticing is that a handful of updates are totally new in Office 2013 SP1, including Power Map for Excel and SkyDrive Pro updated to OneDrive for Business. Power Map for Excel is a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring geographical and temporal data in Excel. All these updates can be easily downloaded and installed via Microsoft Updates, or by directly downloading their installers from the Microsoft Download Center. But you can also update Office 2013 manually. Let us see how to do it.

Update Microsoft Office 2016/2013

Load any ordinary Office Application like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel. Navigate the mouse cursor to ‘File’ menu. Under it, select ‘Account’.

Office updates

Next, below ‘Manage Account’ section you can observe ‘Update Options’ box.

Click on the drop-down arrow of the box to get the list of options displayed. From it, select ‘Disable Updates’.

Disable updates

Then, repeat the same action and this time choose Enable updates option.

Office 2013 Service Pack 1

The action taken will force Office 2013 to download and install new available updates. In case you have not yet installed Office 2013 Service Pack 1 yet, you may also receive some updates. Download and install them in your version of Office.

update office 2013 manually

Following the completion of updating process, you may find a new option under Update Options: Update Now.

Office 2013 Service Pack 1 has introduced an “Update Now” command to the Update Options button for streamlining the manual process of checking for updates. All the Office applications should be at version 15.0.4569.1506 or higher, as of date.

To update Office 2013 manually, simply use the new Update Now option.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

17 Comments

  1. Karthikeyan

    somehow Word is not opening up here 🙁 did everything but no use.

  2. ^^ Please navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice15.0Word in registry editor.

    Export the subkeys Data and Options and delete these two. Reboot, check if problem persists.

  3. Karthikeyan

    Saw that in the Microsoft support page, did that and no use. I installed a plugin for office and that might be the cause, but for me to disable that Office has to open in the first place 🙁 Thanks for getting back though.

  4. Paul Winstone

    I found nothing like this. Only an about option for me.

  5. Hemant Saxena

    Try Again, it should work.

  6. Paul Winstone

    I did try again three times and again now. It doesn’t work for me. There’s nothing there other than about.

  7. Robert Chandler

    Same. I only have About.
    I’m assuming that Office has palmed off all updates on to Windows Update.
    Sure enough.. a heap of updates for office if I run Windows Update.

  8. stellamcln

    Thank god . I have got a key from a website ^^^ Windows 8.1 key sale ^^^ on bing, and can last long time.The product key is perfect.

  9. Joe

    You most likely set up office to update “automatically”. I put it in quotes because most versions of word (when installed) are set to update with your computer’s system (and mine was set that way as well). The problem is, office only updates if you have windows update constantly updating your computer on a regular basis (which it normally doesn’t).

    In order to get to update office, go to windows update on your computer, check for updates (and there should be some).Then you’ll have the option to install said updates and the option to view them. You can view them if you like, you’ll see that a lot of them will be Microsoft Office 2013 updates. Next, click install updates and then office should be updated (and that’s how you update office).

    Hopefully this helped.

  10. Paul Winstone

    Everything updates automatically and all updates Microsoft Office are installed automatically for me. I always set it that way.

    So if we select automatic updates in this way we can’t do a manual update through Office?

    That suggests an edit to the article would be a good idea to indicate this but as I know nothing is wrong I’m not worried.

    Thank you for the post.

  11. poo

    Click-to-run installations behaves like described in this blog post. Msi installations does not have the update option the blog post talks about.

  12. Paul Winstone

    I don’t understand what you mean by “click-to-run installations”. Also don’t get “Msi installtions does not have the update option…”

    We are talking about an installed product here are we not? Not one we are trying to install but one that has been installed. This means I don’t get what you are trying to say.

    For me Microsoft office was installed from a download from Microsoft and the valid key was entered. There has never been an option to update from within Office for me in any version and from the previous posts I’m assuming that this is because auto update is enabled through Windows Update.

    However… Just to complicate this I’ve noticed that since Windows 7 (and Windows 8.1) are frustratingly forcing me to select Windows Update options at every logon I can now access the update options from within Word. But I’ve also replaced the 32bit version that was installed with the 64bit version so wondering if that was part of it.

    NOTE: Action centre reports Windows Updates are set to never install and every time I change it to automatic and it keeps changing back to never. Don’t know why…

  13. James

    Paul, might I suggest a little google work? Usually, if one doesn’t understand something, one should look it up before giving it large. the very abridged version of this is any office which isn’t ‘Office 2013 Standard’ or ‘Office 2013 Professional’ is click to run. ‘Office 2013 Standard’ and ‘Office 2013 Professional’ are VLK versions and are MSI based. thus ‘MSI installations does (sic) not have the update option the blog post talks about’

  14. S.T.A.L.K.E.R

    There are two types of Office 2013 installations. That Update button in Account page is available only to Click and Run installs of Office 2013, by default. You don’t have it, most likely because you’re using the setup / msi version of Office installer, just like me. To get the update settings, you need to install Office 2013 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool, and then you can access those features. The thing is that setup / msi installs are for IT admins, thus the more complicated setup of the msi installer and additional tools, and it’s not for home users, for whom click and run is better suited.

  15. admin

    where is microsoft updates

  16. Artho Poda

    no update option in account page. after HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft.. ‘office’ is not available

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