Repair Office: Here's how

Repair Office: Here's how

Microsoft Office is usually easy to repair. Regardless of whether it's Office 365, Office 2016 or another version. Here you can find out how to proceed in Windows 10, Windows 8, 8.1, Windows 7 and Vista.

Office repairs may not even be necessary. First try a Windows restart . Office may then work properly again. Otherwise proceed as follows.

Repair Office in Windows 10

Right-click on Start (Windows icon) and select "Apps and Features" from the menu.

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Click on "Apps and Features" in the Windows menu. Image: © Microsoft 2021

Then select the Office software you want to repair. If it is an Office suite, any associated app like Word and Excel will be repaired. Then click on "Change".

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Click on "Change". Image: © Microsoft 2021

How to proceed depends on the type of installation of your Office version. There is the "Click-to-Run" technology on which Microsoft 365 (or Office 365) and most versions from Office 2013 onwards are based. And there is Windows Installer Technology (MSI) for volume licensing editions of older versions of Office 2016 like Microsoft Office Professional Plus and Microsoft Office Standard.

With a "Click-to-Run" version, select "How would you like to repair your Office programs?" select the option "Online Repair> Repair". There is also a "Quick Fix" option which only detects and replaces damaged files. "Repair" is more careful.

For an MSI-based version, select the option "Repair" under "Change installation" and confirm your choice with "Next".

Then follow the instructions on the screen.

Repair Office in Windows 8 or 8.1

  1. Right click on the start button (Windows icon at the bottom left) and select "Control Panel" in the menu.
  2. Under the "Category" entry under "Programs" select the option "Uninstall programs".
  3. Right-click on the Office software you want and select "Change" from the menu.
  4. Depending on your version, select "Online Repair> Repair" or "Repair" and "Next".
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Repair Office in Windows 7 or Vista

  1. Click the start button, then click Control Panel.
  2. Under the "Category" entry under "Programs" select the option "Uninstall programs".
  3. Right-click on the Office software you want and select "Change" from the menu.
  4. Depending on your version, select "Online Repair> Repair" or "Repair" and "Next".
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Reinstall Office

If the repair of Office did not have the desired success, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling. Microsoft provides a specific support tool for uninstalling, which you can find on the Microsoft website .

  1. For the reinstallation go to office.com and here to login.
  2. Log in with the account you use Office with.
  3. Select "Install Office" and "Install" or "Office 365 Apps"
  4. After the download, click on "Run", "Setup" or "Save file" (different depending on your browser)
  5. Confirm the question "Would you like to allow this app to make changes to your device?" with "yes".
  6. After the installation, click on "Close".

Summary

  1. First try restarting the computer.
  2. Repairing Office will run automatically.
  3. You will find the option in a different place depending on the Windows version.
  4. If the repair didn't help, reinstalling Office might help.

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