How to Activate MS Word 2010


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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