If you’re a subscriber to Microsoft’s Office 365 service, there’s a feature you may not know about. You can activate Office on up to five PCs or Macs in your households. Office 365 is the subscription version of Office. For $99 a year, Office 365 Home gives you Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook,  Publisher, OneNote, and Access on up to 5 PCs or Macs. (There’s also a $69 subscription that’s just for one device.)

After you purchase, download, and install on one PC, you can still activate it on four more in your household. This could be your PC, your spouse’s computer, or your kids’ computers. Let’s look at how you can activate it.

Open a browser on the PC where you want to do the installation and go to http://www.office.com. You’ll see a sign-in field. Use the email and password that was originally used when you purchased your Office subscription.


You’ll be taken to this page. Scroll to the bottom of the page.


Choose My Account.


Under Office 365 Home, look for Install. It will show the number of installations you have used and how many you have left.  If you have installs left, you can just click install to begin the installation on the PC or Mac.  One of the nice things about 365 is that you don’t have to choose between a PC or Mac version. You can install on either.


In upcoming articles, I’ll show you how you can share your subscription with other users and how to deactivate a device.

You can click here to check out Office 365 Home on Amazon.  They’ve got a $79.99 deal on home right now, but I’m not sure how long that will last. This site is an Amazon affiliate, so if you were to buy Office or anything else after clicking the link, we do get a few pennies on the sale. But feel free to look around for the best deal.