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How to install Microsoft Office apps on Windows 10 S devices

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Windows 10 S is very similar to Windows 10 Pro, with a few key differences. More specifically, devices that run Windows 10 S, such as the Surface Laptop, are limited to apps from the Windows Store, which means you can't simply download and install Microsoft Office from the web.

As a result, Microsoft is now making available the full (Win32) desktop versions of the Office apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Publisher, in the Windows Store for devices running Windows 10 S.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to get the Office apps from the Windows Store on devices running Windows 10 S. Also, we show you the instructions to remove one, or all, of the apps from your computer.

How to install Office apps on Windows 10 S

Getting Office on your Windows 10 S device is straightforward using your Microsoft account linked to an Office 365 subscription.

Note: Office in the Windows Store is currently in preview for Surface Laptop users. Once the preview is over, you'll be able to buy the apps from the Windows Store, Microsoft Store, Office.com, and other retailers for other Windows 10 devices.

  1. Open Start.
  2. On the App list, find and click an Office app you want to use, for example, Word or Excel.
  3. The Office page will open in the Windows Store, and you should click Install.
  4. Open one of the newly installed apps from the Office product page.
  5. Click Got it! to start using Office.

How to uninstall Office apps on Windows 10 S

If you no longer have an Office 365 subscription, or the apps aren't working and you need to reinstall them, it's possible on Windows 10 S to uninstall apps individually or all at once.

Uninstalling an Office app

  1. Open Start.
  2. On the App list, find the app you want to remove.
  3. Right-click the app, and select Uninstall.
  4. Click the Uninstall button to confirm.

Uninstalling all Office apps

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select Microsoft Office Desktop Apps.
  5. Click Uninstall.
  6. Click the Uninstall button to confirm.

Additional information

You can acquire the apps using Office 365 Personal, Home, Education Plus, and Education E5. If you don't have an Office 365 subscription (opens in new tab), Microsoft includes one year of Office 365 Personal with your new Surface Laptop, which gets you Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Access.

Initially, the Office apps you get from the Windows Store are available in preview, because they use a new install and update process that is still being tested. Therefore some unexpected behaviors may occur during the early days.

Although you get the full version of Office, there are a few limitations with apps available in the Windows Store. You can only install the 32-bit versions, COM add-ins are not supported, and the desktop version of OneNote isn't included, for example. Instead, you get the more limited OneNote app.

More Windows 10 resources

For more help articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

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.

19 Comments
  • LinkedIn just got a long long overdue update!!!
  • Are there no links to the Store Office apps?
  • go to Store > search "Office"
  • Step 1: remove that sh*t version of Windows from the Laptop and upgrade to Pro Step 2: Profit!
  • Djcbs there is nothing wrong with Windows 10S. It give customers a choice. If you do not like it upgrade to Pro.
  • Looks like Linkedin is a web app.
  • A good and functional web app is still an app and is better than a barely functioning native app or no app at all.
  • Their web app is pretty good to be fair
  • The advantage of native apps mainly is live tiles and notifications. With Windows 10 you can incorporate all these into a web app really easily, as well as background tasks. We'll have to wait and see whether they do this before assuming it's no good
  • Ha, the ironic thing about it is that when you run the web wrapper app it pops up to tell you that "LinkedIn is faster on our mobile app. get it now"
  • Totally agree with you there.
  • Can't wait to give them a whirl on my SP3 to see how they compare to the x86 versions. Too bad it's only Windows 10s for now. Any word on general availability date?
  • I am wondering this myself. I would rather install Office from the store instead of downloading the heavy old version.
  • I am planning to uninstall Office 365 and install it from the store when it is available for everyone.
  • This needs to be available to everyone, not just 10 S devices
  • I am kind of disappointed about being only 32-Bit
  • Install Windows Pro and download everything you want. 
  • No OneNote 2016? Well that's a deal-breaker then.
  • You'd be crazy not to upgrade to Windows 10 pro on the Surface Laptop considering it's free til the end of the year. Then just enable the new system setting that prevent apps from installing from anywhere other than the Store. Now you got Windows 10 Pro upgrade for free and the security of Windows 10 S.