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Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac

Office 2016 Quick Start Guides

These quick start guides provide helpful tips about some of the most commonly used Office 2016 features.  


Check to see if Microsoft Office 2016 is installed

  1. From Finder, click on Go from the menu bar and select Applications.
  2. Office 2016 applications (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) show up in this directory rather than an Office folder (like with 2011).

Alternate check

  1. Click on the Apple icon and select About This Mac
  2. In the Overview tab, click the System Report button.
  3. Expand the Software section in the left hand pane, and choose Applications
  4. If installed, you will see Microsoft Office Applications (Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook Word) listed as version 15.27

Adding/Removing Office Icons from the Dock

Office 2011 icons (top) vs. Office 2016 icons (bottom).

Adding Office 2016 Icons to the dock

When you install Office 2016 for Mac, the app icons aren’t automatically added to the dock. To add to the dock, drag the app icon from the Launchpad or the Applications folder.  See examples of the Office 2016 app icons in the bottom row of the image above. 

The following steps demonstrate how to drag the icons from the Applications folder to your dock.

  1. Go to Finder > Applications and open the Office app you want.
  2. In the Dock, Control+click or right-click the app icon and choose Options > Keep in Dock.

Removing Office 2011 Icons from the Dock

After Office 2011 is uninstalled, if you had Office 2011 app icons on your dock you'll notice question mark icons in their place.  These icons are simply placeholders and can be removed.  To remove dock icons please see instructions here


Import Outlook 2011 into Outlook 2016

  1. Open Outlook 2016 (Launcher in Applications directory).
    1. If this is the first time you’ve opened Outlook 2016, you may receive a ‘Get my data’ window. Click Import and proceed to step 3.
  2. Select Tools from the menu bar, and click the Import button.
  3. When the import window opens, select Outlook 2011 data on this computer, then click Continue.
  4. Choose Import from here (this selects the default Outlook2011 identity location)
    1. If no identities are listed, select Import from another location and click Browse. You will then be able to navigate to the location of your existing Outlook2011 identity.
  5. When you click Continue, the import will begin. The larger the Outlook2011 identity is the longer the import will take.

*While the Import is underway, you can still access your email via the Outlook web interface.

Common Import Errors

Outlook for 2011 Import Permissions error

Outlook for 2011 Import Profile error


University Registrar Opscan Scanning Service

For those who leverage the Registrar's Opscan Scanning Service and use Excel for post-processing of DAT files, Excel 2016 will not automatically initiate the import wizard unless you modify the file extension to be TXT.  To batch change DAT file extensions to TXT file extensions see instructions here