How to Activate MS Word 2010

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Similar to other programs in the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software, Word 2010 must be activated after installation. This action helps confirm that the application is a genuine Microsoft product and that it has not been installed on a greater number of computers than its license allows. If you choose not to activate Word 2010 during the install process, the program gives you the ability to do so at a later date. Once you know where to find the proper menu item, performing this task takes only a few clicks.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button and select "All Programs," followed by "Microsoft Office" and "Microsoft Office Word 2010."

  • Click the "File" tab in the top-left corner of the window.

  • Select the "Help" item and then click "Activate Product Key." The Word 2010 Activation Wizard window appears on your screen within a few seconds.

  • Select "I want to activate the software over the Internet" or "I want to activate the software by phone," depending on your preference, and then click "Next."

  • Follow the on-screen instructions presented by the Activation Wizard. The exact instructions will vary, depending on the activation mode and the configuration of other Office 2010 programs installed on your computer.

  • Click the "File" tab in the top-left corner of the window and select "Exit." The activation process will be finalized the next time you start Word 2010.

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