Updating Office

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Microsoft issues both se­cu­ri­ty updates and non-se­cu­ri­ty updates for the Office applications.

When an Office update appears, you should first use the Microsoft Update function to check for se­cu­ri­ty updates.

You should then check for other updates by running any Office application, and then selecting:

Office Updates
Update Now

This will install any outstanding updates in the background, allowing you to continue to use the Office applications … if you wish.

NB​: on Mar 13, 2019, Microsoft made it much harder to learn about non-se­cu­ri­ty Office updates. Prior to that date, Microsoft pub­lished a page which concisely reported all Office updates; after that date, Microsoft instead published a site which buries Office update information in a huge morass of details.

See Also>: Updating Windows.


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