How To Activate Microsoft Office 2013 Online For Free

Since Microsoft has released Microsoft Office 2013 Customer Preview, it has been a good time using the Office suite until now. I had been prompted about activating my installation of Office 2013 whenever I opened any Office app but I never cared about the warnings. But today the period has ended and now I must activate Office 2013 before using it further. So I have finally activated my Office 2013 installation and here are the steps that I have followed to activate MS Office 2013.

Microsoft Office Activation Wizard

The above warning will come whenever you open any Office 2013 product with the count down of remain grace period to activate Office 2013.

  1. In the first step, you have to go to your Microsoft account to get the free product key of Office 2013 Customer Preview.
    Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 Preview product key
  2. Now open any Microsoft Office 2013 product which will come up with the above mentioned warning. You will need to click on the “Change Product Key” button and copy the product key you’ve got in step 1 here. Also check the checkbox which says “Attempt to automatically activate my product online”. Then click on the Install button to continue.
    Change product key in Office 2013
  3. Your account will be updated. Click on OK to continue.
    Account updated in Office 2013
  4. Now Microsoft Office Activation Wizard will open automatically. You can activate the software over the Internet because this is the only option available right now.
    Activate Office 2013 onlineActivating Office 2013 process

    Office 2013 activated successfully

  5. You have successfully activated Microsoft Office 2013 and now you can continue using the Office suite.

If you are looking for volume license activation of Office 2013 using KMS and MAK activation methods, you can follow the steps given in the TechNet article.


19 responses to “How To Activate Microsoft Office 2013 Online For Free”

  1. This is great. I was prompted to activate my Office 2013 now and although it was a little different interface than the screenshots above because my count down hadn’t ended yet but this method was perfect.

    • Actually not. You’ll be able to use if until the life of Office 2013 Preview. When Office 2013 RTM comes out, the preview version will expire soon. But I think it’ll not expire in the next 4 to 5 months. So you can use it until it expires.

    • You can’t delete the activation. You will have to uninstall Office 2013 in order to delete its activation.
      If you just want to change the product key, go to File menu –> Account and click on Change product key link under Product Activation.

  2. “Actually not. You’ll be able to use if until the life of Office 2013 Preview. When Office 2013 RTM comes out, the preview version will expire soon. But I think it’ll not expire in the next 4 to 5 months. So you can use it until it expires.”

    is it still going to expire if we use it without connecting to the internet? i mean how do they even know tht im using the preview version?

    • Office 2013 Customer Preview will expire after about 60 days of RTM release. If you still keep on using the Customer Preview after it has expired, it will work in read-only mode. So you will be able to open the documents but can’t edit or create them.
      And if you want to install the RTM version, you should first uninstall the Customer Preview version and then fresh install RTM on your computer. Office 2013 RTM also gives 60 days before it turns to read-only mode.

      • Office 2013 RTM is rubbish since no matter what one does it will not activate. One gets a message saying it is the wrong account! OR one saying that it has been installed before when it hasn’t. Don’t waste one’s time – get the free Office program.

        • I didn’t have any problems with the RTM version while activating it. I downloaded the RTM version from the direct download link and then activated it using my purchased product key. Everything went smoothly and Office was activated in just a few moments.

          If you can tell the exact error you’re getting, we can sort out the problem.

          • Quote – “activated it using my purchased product key.” Well, I didn’t have a purchased product key but one that was given to me by MS when I downloaded the Office program. The first error message said “The product key cannot be used on this machine” [NO REASON GIVEN] System error -1973422308.
            The second error message said “Sorry we ran into a problem when trying to activate……blah blah….try repair [didn’t work] or has been installed before” [NOT SO.] System error 0x800761
            I still reckon MS products are crap.

  3. Sorry Sir,
    Can you help me ?
    My office show only Activation Required. No the words “Change Product Key”
    What should I do to change product key?
    Thanks UsmanKhurshid