How to Convert Trial to Full Version Microsoft Office


Converting your trial version of Microsoft Office to a full version involves obtaining an activation key and then entering it into Office’s Activation Wizard. Office then verifies the key over your Internet connection and, if the key is valid, automatically converts to the full version. Attempting to extend or defeat trial restrictions could put you in violation of copyright law. Use only valid activation keys obtained directly from Microsoft or a licensed dealer.

Activating Office 365 and 2013

  • Visit the Microsoft Store and purchase a product key for the version of Office you want to convert from a trial to a full version. Skip this step if you already have a product key.

  • Click “File” on the main menu in the trial version of your Office program, select “Account” and then click “Activate Product” to launch the Activation Wizard. You can access the Activation Wizard from any Office program.

  • Select Internet activation as your activation method and click “Next.”

  • Enter your activation key in the provided fields.

Activating an Office 2013 Volume License

  • Click “File” on the main menu, choose “Account” and then select “Change Product Key.”

  • Enter your Multiple Activation Key in the provided field. If you don't have a key already, visit the Microsoft Store to purchase one.

  • Place a check mark in the “Attempt to automatically activate my product using the Internet” check box and follow the prompts to submit your key.

  • Restart your Office program after the activation completes, click “File” and then “Account.” If the program now says Licensed Product, you know that the licensing process was a success.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also activate your trial version of Office 365 and 2013 over the phone. Click “File” on the main menu of any Office trial, select “Account” and choose “Activate Product” to launch the Activation Wizard. Select “I want to activate the software by telephone” and click “Next.” Select your country and geographic region and then dial the provided telephone number. The customer service representative will ask you for some personal information. She will also ask for the installation ID displayed on your screen and will then provide you with a confirmation ID to enter into the Activation Wizard to complete the licensing process.
  • If you purchased a new computer and a free Office 365 subscription came with it, activate this software slightly differently. Click the “Office” tile on the Windows 8 Start screen, sign in to your Microsoft account or create one if you don’t already have an account. Click the “Run” button at the bottom of the screen and follow the prompts to download, install and activate your subscription.

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