Office 365 is a subscription-based version of Microsoft Office.   Your WFU account allows you to install the following Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, and Publisher.  You can install Office 365 on five (5) devices.  Your Office 365 software will automatically update to the latest version as long as your WFU account is active.  Upon graduation (students) or separation from the university (faculty & staff), you will need to purchase a subscription to continue using Office 365.

NOTE: If you are located in a country that restricts access to Google products, you will need to connect to a VPN client to activate Office.  

Step 1: Request your Office 365 License

  • Click Submit on the Google Form screen to automatically request your WFU Office 365 license (make sure you are logged in to your Google account).
  • It can take up to one hour for your license request to sync with the Office 365 portal. You will not receive an email when your license is available.
    To check if your license is ready: 
    • Check if Office 365 is available in your Google App Launcher. You may want to try signing out and back into your account or doing this in an incognito browser window.
    • Visit and try to log in with your Wake Forest credentials. 
    • If you get a “403. That's an error" or "Error: app_not_configured_for_user” message, please review the following steps on Managing Multiple Google Accounts to ensure that you are authenticating with your WFU Google account.

Step 2: Install Office 365

  1. Open the browser of your choice and navigate to:
  2. Enter your WFU email address (you must include the and click Next.  The Microsoft portal will redirect you to sign in using your WFU Google mail account.
  3. Click the Install Office button and select Office 365 apps.

  4. The file will begin to download.

  5. Locate the located in your Downloads folder. Double-click to begin installation.

  6. Office will begin the installation process.

  7. After a few moments, Office will begin a setup wizard. Click Next and Accept to step through the wizard process.

  8. Once you complete the setup wizard, click No Thanks

  9. Office will continue installation in the background. Full installation may take up to 10 minutes.

  10. Once installation is complete, click All done! Office is now fully installed on your Windows computer.

  11. Open any office application (Excel, Word, or PowerPoint) and it will ask you to sign in. Enter your WFU email, and it will open a tab to log into Google. Use your WFU email and password to login.

    NOTE: If you are located in a country that restricts access to Google products, you will need to connect to a VPN client to activate Office. 

  12. Once completed, Office will be activated and ready for use.