How to Install and Activate Microsoft Office 2016 for OSX on Your Student Mac at Home



  • Mac OSX device with Internet Connection
  • Valid Unimail/Student Account


NOTE:  This installation guide has been created using Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11 All steps apply regardless the version of Mac Operating System used. However, there may be various visual differences throughout the system.



1. Start by launching Safari or your preferred browser on Mac



2. Navigate to UDO and sign in using your University Credentials


3. Access your Unimail and once you are on the Outlook Web App, click the cogwheel to reveal drop down list for more options. From there, choose Office 365 Settings


4. You will be redirected to a page with various settings. On the left side of the page, choose Software



5. On this page, you will see all applications that are currently available to you as a student of University of Derby. Below the app list should be an Install button. Clicking on the button will initiate a download session of Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 Installer


6. In Safari, a download window can be used to track current progress of the file download


7. Once download has completed, navigate Mac Finder to allocate your downloaded file. Files downloaded using Safari are saved in Downloads by default. Double click on the file to start the installation

8. A new Finder view will open presenting you with Installation Wizard


9. Click Continue


10. You will be prompted to agree to Terms and Conditions. Once you have finished reading, click Agree to Continue. Should you disagree with the Terms and Conditions, click Disagree, and exit the Installation Wizard


12. Click Install


13Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac should now start installing. Once completed, click Close to exit the Installation Wizard


14. Once you attempt to launch any of the Microsoft Office Applications, you will be prompted to activate the software. From the Activation Wizard screen, choose Sign in to an existing Office 365 subscription when prompted:

If you have previously singed into Office using your Microsoft ID, you will see similar prompt. At this point, you need to select to use another account.


15. Enter your University email address in the following format (NOTE: Enter you own student ID, as the one used in this example is for illustration purposes only!)


17. You will then be redirected to UOD Log In Page. Enter your student ID and your password


18. Microsoft Will attempt to activate your Office for Mac Software. Once activation has been successful, you should see the following screen. Click Close to exit the Activation Wizard


NOTE: Should you experience any issues with activating Microsoft Office 2016 Suite for Mac, contact IT Service Centre on 01332 591234 or by visiting

To verify successful activation of the product, revisit the Software settings using your Unimail Page. There you will be able to manage your installs. Should you buy a new Mac or a PC, you can Deactivate old activations to regain install slots.

NOTE: You are eligible for up to five total installation of Microsoft Office.


You have successfully installed Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac.




Contact Details

IT Services - University of Derby
Tel: 01332 591234 Email:

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