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How to disable updates for Microsoft Office apps on Windows 10

If you're using an Office 365 subscription (opens in new tab) 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.

  1. 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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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

2 Comments
  • Is there a way to go back ? I think the new UI is ugly and a major step back.
  • Not quite what I was looking for but seems very informative.
    I was hoping to find some means of easily editing Outlook Rules.
    I can export to a .rwz file but can not read this file so it's only purpose would appear to be a backup or to enable the same rules to be copied elsewhere.
    I have seen something by Sperry Software but is $40 and probably does far more than I need.
    Even just being able to SORT the rules easily would be great - rather than just having to move rules up or down. If the rules list is long this process is very time consuming.
    I have seen similar requests going back 10+ years and in typical Microsoft manner it appears to be a very useful facility that is ignored
    Put simple EXPORT rules - to txt or csv - edit the rules - then import back into OUTLOOK PS I use Outlook 2016 (Office Pro) and Windows 10 Pro