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How to install and activate Office 2019 on your Mac PC

How to install and activate Office 2019 on your Mac PC

Office 2021 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Office apps for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs. However, there are no upgrade options, so if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you’ll have to buy it at full price. We shall discuss how to install and activate Office 2019 on your Mac PC in this article. While you can download Office 2021, 2019, and Office 2016 for free from Microsoft, you need to own a license key or have a Microsoft 365 subscription to actually use the programs.

In this guide, I have discussed how to complete Microsoft Office 365 Family Subscription, and how to Cancel Office 365 Family Subscription. If you wish to purchase the Microsoft Office 365 Business plan, in this guide, we have also embedded a link to the Microsoft page for more information.

Office 2019 includes significant improvements over Microsoft Office 2016 and earlier versions of on-premises Office, and it is actually different from Microsoft 365, in that Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based model that includes the most collaborative, up-to-date features in one seamless, integrated experience. Microsoft 365 includes the robust Office desktop apps you’re familiar with, like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Microsoft 365 Family Subscription Options

You can choose to pay for your subscription on a monthly or yearly basis, and the Microsoft 365 Family plan lets you share your subscription with your family for up to 6 people, and use your apps on multiple PCs, Macs, tablets, and phones.

A free 1-month trial of Microsoft 365 is included with each Microsoft 365 in-app purchase. See this guide if you are unable to uninstall the OneDrive App: The item “OneDrive” can’t be moved to the Bin because it’s open on Mac.

Office 2019 Installation on Macbook

This guide will show you how to install and activate Office 2019 on Mac PC. For simplicity, here is the official download link for Office 2019 Volume license. After completing the download, open Finder and navigate to the “Downloads” folder. All you have to do is to double-click on it “Microsoft_Office_XXXXX_Installer.pkg” as shown below.

Double Click on Microsoft office pkg file

On the first installation screen (Introduction), click on Continue to begin the installation process. Please see some other related guides: Uninstall Office: How to remove Microsoft Outlook, Teams, Words PowerPoint, and Excel apps from Mac, and how to Hide or Remove the Search Button from Windows 11 Taskbar.

continue the installation of office

Please review the software license agreement, and then click Continue

Accept the license agreement

Click on Agree to agree to the terms of the software license agreement.

click on agree

Choose how you want to install and activate Office on your Mac and click Continue. For me, I will be selecting the first option “Install for all users of this computer”.

install for all users office on mac

Review the disk space requirements or change your install location, and then click Install.

office installation type

Note: If you want to only install specific Office apps and not the entire suite, click the Customize button and uncheck the programs you don’t want.

The system will prompt you to input your Mac login password. If prompted, please enter your password and click Install Software. This is the password that you use to log in to your Mac device 🙂

enter your password to install office

The software begins to install Office 2019 onto your device. Please see How to start an application automatically on Mac.

Validating office packages

Click Close when the installation is completed as shown below.

close office installation

Run and Apply Update

When the installation is complete, when there are updates, you will be prompted with the following Microsoft AutoUpdate windows in order to apply the updates. Click on Update as shown below.

check for office updates

As you can see, the Microsoft AutoUpdate is currently checking for updates.

checking for updates

Found some updates and the Update is currently in progress.

updates in progress

As you can see below, the apps are all up to date. Next, we will have to Activate Office 2019.

updates completed

Activate volume licensed versions of Office for Mac

To activate a volume-licensed version of Office for Mac, such as Office LTSC for Mac 2021 or Office 2019 for Mac, use the Volume License (VL) Serializer. You can download the VL Serializer by signing into the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). You run the VL Serializer on each device. By doing this, your Mac users won’t see any activation prompts when they first open their copy of Office.

Note that Office 2019 DO NOT support activate via simple copy/paste plist license file which is the simplest way to activate Office 2016. Fortunately, you can also use the VL Serializer tool, just install Office 2019 and Serializer, then run Serializer to activate as shown below.

After manually downloading the Volume License Serializer (Microsoft_Office_2019_VL_Serializer.pkg). Run through the following steps as shown below. When the activation is successful, the following window below will be displayed. Click on close.

Installation successful

Click on Word, and then on “About Microsoft Word” as shown below

Click on Word, and then on "About Microsoft Word"

As you can see, your office is successfully activated (licensed).

office is successfully activated (licensed).

You may now sign in. You do not necessarily need to sign in unless you are storing your documents in OneDrive.

sign in to office

If you have 2FA set up, please type in the code displayed on your authenticator app from your device

2FA office signin

As you can see, I am now sign-in.

signed in to office

Please see How to activate DriveLock License on Windows Server, how to Remove All Microsoft Office Apps from Mac, and Remove Office license file: How do you change the account that Office says it belongs to on a Mac.

How do I pin the Office​​​​​​​ app icons to the dock?

To do this, please navigate to Finder > Applications and open the Office app you want. In the Dock, Control+click or right-click the app icon and choose Options > Keep in Dock.

Keep office in dock

You may also decide to run this app and have it open at logon. To this, click also on open login. Here is a related guide: How to Enable or Prevent Reopen Windows when logging back in after Restart or Shutdown on Mac.

FAQs on Office 2019 on Mac

What is Office 2019 for Mac?

Office 2019 for Mac is a suite of productivity software developed by Microsoft. It includes applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, designed for use on macOS.

Is Office 2019 the latest version of Office for Mac?

No, Office 2019 is not the latest version. As of my last update in September 2021, Microsoft has shifted to a subscription-based model called Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), which provides ongoing updates and features.

Office 2019 is a one-time purchase and doesn’t receive regular feature updates.

Can I install Office 2019 on multiple Macs with a single purchase?

The licensing terms for Office 2019 typically allow you to install and activate it on one Mac only. To use it on multiple Macs, you would need to purchase additional licenses.

Can I upgrade from Office 2019 to Microsoft 365 on Mac?

Yes, you can upgrade from Office 2019 to Microsoft 365 to access the latest features and updates. Microsoft offers subscription plans that include Office apps for Mac.

I hope you found this blog post on how to install and activate Office 2019 on your Mac PC. helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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