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How to activate the Microsoft® Office 2010 software.

    If you did not activate during the initial Office Setup, you will be prompted to enter your Product Key when you start any Office program for the first time after installation. Once you enter a valid Product Key, the Activation Wizard automatically runs and gives you two choices on how to proceed. Choose the method that best suits your situation:

    NOTE: This applies to the following Microsoft Office components: Access 2010, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, SharePoint Workspace 2010, Visio 2010, and Word 2010.

    • Activate by using the Internet - Using this method, the Activation Wizard automatically contacts the Microsoft licensing servers through your Internet connection. If you are using a valid Product Key that has not already been used for the allowed number of installations, your product ID (derived from the Product Key) is sent to Microsoft, a confirmation ID is sent back to your computer, and your product is activated immediately.

      NOTE: If you choose to activate your product through the Internet and you are not already connected, the wizard alerts you that there is no connection.

    • Activate by using the telephone - Using this method you can call an Activation Center and activate your product over the phone with the help of a customer service representative.


      • Activation Center telephone numbers are not listed here because the appropriate number will vary by the type of product license and the country or region from which you are calling.
      • Telephone activation might take longer than activation through the Internet. Please be at your computer when you call and have your software Product Key available.

    Additional information about how to activate your Microsoft Office software can be found at the Activate Microsoft Office programs website.