Microsoft Office may be the most used piece of software outside of Windows itself. That being said, there might come a time when you would like to uninstall Office. You might need to do this to upgrade to a new version, or if you are selling your computer, or need to move the Office license to your new machine. If you do find yourself in a situation where you need to uninstall Office, here’s how.
Things We Assume
You’re running Office 2013 (this should work on previous versions too, however there will be a few steps you don’t need to do).
The instructions below are meant for Windows 7, but work for Windows 8 as well. In WIndows 8 you’ll get to Control Panel in another way.
Things You’ll Need
Office installed (how else would you uninstall it?)
Microsoft changed the way it does Office in 2013. Now everything is basically a subscription, which means that if you are getting rid of your computer or want to install Office on a new computer, you need to go in and deactivate the license from your current computer.
Once in the Control Panel, you need to find the section that says Programs. Click on “Uninstall a Program”.
Find Office 2013 in the list of programs. This may have a weird name depending on what version of Office 2013 you’re running. For example, it will probably say something about Home Premium. Click on the Office Name.
Next, Click on the uninstall button that appears at the top of the screen.
Office will ask you if you’re sure you want to uninstall. Click Uninstall.
The Office Uninstaller will do its work. It may ask you to close other programs, if it does, go ahead and do so. Once it is done, it will alert you. Save all your work in other programs, and then restart Windows.
There are other programs associated with Office that you might also want to uninstall. You can do so in the same fashion as above. Simply click on them, and choose uninstall. You may have to restart your computer. These programs include:
- Visual Studio WARNING: Only uninstall this if you know it isn’t being used by other Microsoft programs. We recommend leaving it installed.
Basically, the only thing that separates Office 2013 from previous Office installs is the necessity of deactivating the license online because of the subscription nature of the software. So there it is, if you need to uninstall MS Office 2013, that’s how!
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By Matt Weber