If you're using an Office 365 subscription to access Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, you've probably noticed new visual changes and features appear quite frequently. This is because Office, similar to Windows 10, uses automatic updates to ensure that apps are always up to date with the latest security patches, improvements, and features.

However, if the updates are causing problems in your installation, or a new release became available with visual changes and features that you don't need, it's possible to disable automatic updates completely in Office 365 as well as in the standalone version.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the easy steps to completely disable updates for the suite of apps, whether you're using Office 365 or the standalone version, including Office 2016, Office 2019, and older versions.

How to disable automatic updates for Microsoft Office

To stop getting updates and features for Office on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open an Office app, such as Word.
  2. Create a new blank document.
  3. Click on File.
  4. Click on Account.
  5. On the right side, click the Update options menu.
  6. Select the Disable Updates option.

  7. Click the Yes button to confirm.

Once you complete these steps, your Office apps will no longer download and install updates automatically.

If you want to enable updates again, you can use the same instructions outlined above, but on step No. 6, select the Enable updates option. You can also use this guide to learn all the steps to enable and install updates, and to check the version of Office that you're running.

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