Signing up for and installing Microsoft Office

To receive Office 2016 you will first create a Microsoft account using your Williams college email.   The setup requires quite a few steps, so keep this documentation open as you go through the process.

In a new tab or window go to

  • Enter your Williams email address (short version e.g.
  • Choose I’m a Student
  • Check your Williams email for the code.  Then create your new Microsoft account as below.  Choose a password that is different from your Williams password and make a note of it (write it down or add it to a password manager like LastPass).



  • You will then be asked to create recovery options in case you forget your password.  Click Next.



  • You may get an error warning saying There was a problem processing your request!  Don’t panic!  Refresh (reload) your web page (this is usually a roundish arrow to the left or right of your address bar)



  • After refreshing you should get the account recovery options below.
  • Click on Set it up now next to Authentication Email and click finish




  • Enter a personal email address (not your Williams email) and click Email Me.



  • Check your personal email account for another confirmation code.
  • Enter this code at the next screen.
  • Click Finish
  • Skip sending invitation
  • When you get to the Office 365 web site you can then choose to Install (download) Office 2016 from the link in the upper right corner.



  • On PC or Mac run the installer from your Downloads folder.

Office 2016 will remain activated for as long as you are a student at Williams