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If you want to use Microsoft Office and apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Mac but without having to pay a subscription, here we show you how to use Microsoft Office on a Mac for free.

Limited Offer: You can currently get 85% off a Microsoft Office For Mac Home & Business Lifetime License for $49.99 (normally $349.99) or 89% off 2 Lifetime Licenses for $74.99 (normally $698.00 —  sold out) for a limited period.

Here you’ll learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Sharepoint, OneDrive and other MS Office apps for free in macOS including on Apple Silicon M1 Macs and M2 Macs.

This will save you $150 in a one off purchase of Microsoft Office for Mac or anything up to $100 per year for a subscription.

Office 365 is now known as Microsoft 365 and will be referred as such here as Microsoft is currently rebranding the entire Microsoft Office line as Microsoft 365.

Note that Microsoft Visio for Mac, Publisher For Mac, Project For Mac and Access For Mac are not available in either Office 365 or Microsoft 365.

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Is There A Free Version of Microsoft Office For Mac?

There is no free version of Microsoft Office for Mac although there are a few workarounds to use it for free on macOS which we will show you here.

You can however use Microsoft Outlook for Mac for free now but not the rest of the Microsoft Office suite.

The closest thing to a free version of Microsoft Office on Mac is Apple’s iWork which includes Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

With this in mind, here’s how to use Microsoft Office For Mac For Free in 2022.

1. Download Microsoft Office For Mac Education Edition

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If you’re in education, you can download the student version of Microsoft Office. This is because many educational institutions have paid for an educational license which can be used by students.

Many educational institutions pay for Office 365 plans, allowing students and teachers to download the software for free.

Alternatively, you can get student discounts on most Microsoft software.

2. Sign-up For The Microsoft Office For Mac Free Trial

microsoft office mac free trial

You can sign up for a one-month free trial of Microsoft Office for Mac which enables you to use all Microsoft Office applications for free during that period.

You will need to enter your credit card details but can cancel your subscription at any time—even so that you don’t get billed.

The free trial of MS Office for Mac allows you to download the desktop version of Microsoft Office for Mac and gives you full access to the Microsoft 365 Home Plan

This includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and 1TB of OneDrive storage in OneDrive.

If you’re a business you can also sign-up for a 30 day free trial of Office 365 ProPlus.

3. Use Online

microsoft office online

Nowadays you can use Microsoft for free in a web browser. However, the online version of Office isn’t as complete as the desktop version and does not work offline.

You can though still open and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in any browser on your Mac.

Simply go to and sign up for a free Microsoft account to start using Word, Excel, or PowerPoint for free on your Mac.

You can also upload files from your Mac into which will be saved in Microsoft OneDrive.

4. Use a Microsoft Home Plan Invite

microsoft office home plan invite

If you know a friend or relative that already has a Microsoft 365 Home plan they can share it with up to five other people.

You can simply request that they send you can invite via email in the Office Sharing page in their Microsoft account.

Once invited you can sign-in and download Microsoft Office for Mac which includes 1TB of OneDrive storage.

Alternatively, you could agree to split the $100 Microsoft Office subscription fee between you can 5 others which works out a lot cheaper than buying Office for Mac on its own.

5. Use Microsoft Office On iOS For Free

microsoft office free ipad

If you’ve already got an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad then you can use Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iOS for free.

This is only for non-commercial use though which means non-business related and only for personal reasons.

You can download Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for free from the iOS App Store on your iPad or iPhone.

You can create, edit and print documents for free although you will need to create a Microsoft ID to do so first.

Note that unfortunately, this doesn’t work on the iPad Pro as the free version for Microsoft Office for iOS does not support screens bigger than 10.2 inches.

You can however use Microsoft Office on the iPad Pro with a Microsoft Office 365 subscription.

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7 Responses

  1. Karl

    So I purchased a refurbished Mac from Mac of all Trades. I did not get an original Mac drive…when I called Mac they helped me change the drive name to a Macintosh. The reasons why I am telling you this is when I tried to upgrade to Monterey from the MacOS 10.14.6 it would not allow me to do it. My question is, can I get the Microsoft (really only want word, excel and powerpoint) with the 10.14.6?

    • MacHow2

      Microsoft Office works with macOS 10.14.6 but you won’t be able to receive updates to it unless you’re running the latest version of macOS.

  2. AC1974

    Hi I recently got my old Mac out of storage and have set it up in my house for the first time in years; it is running OS Sierra; I want to upgrade to Catalina as that is the latest edition it is capable of running. I will then lose Microsoft Office 2011; what is the best way to be able to access Excel and Word thereafter? Part of the reason I want to upgrade is that my MacBook is running a later OS and the Mac cannot open the later versions of Numbers or Pages

    • MacHow2

      Your could consider creating a partition on your Mac to run both Sierra when you want for Microsoft Office and Catalina. You can do this using a virtual machine like Parallels so you can switch between them instantly. Otherwise, your only other option is to use one of the suggestions featured above.


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