Office 365 ProPlus for Home Use

Office 365 ProPlus for Home Use The Office 365 suite for university staff and students includes the e-mail and calendar functions, as well as a home use licence for five devices.

NOTE: The download right for a home computer is not available to open university students or university staff and students with Microsoft licence level A1.
However, they can use Microsoft Office software in a web browser. For this, they need to log in to their Helsinki University account at

At the termination of employment or studies at the university (the person’s username becomes obsolete), Office ProPlus 365 goes into the reduced functionality mode, which enables viewing and printing of documents. The user cannot edit documents or create new documents.
More information on the validity period of access rights.

These instructions are intended for home computers. Please note the installation required administrator rights.
Office suite can be ordered to the computers under the university's centralised maintenance from the Software Center.

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Microsoft updates Office 365 services sporadically, thus functional and layout changes can occur. Therefore there can be discrepancies between these instructions and your updated version. Please use the feedback link at the bottom of this page in case you notice any significant discrepancies.

There are two phases in installing ProPlus to your home computer

  1. Make sure you are using Office 365 - here
  2. Log in to OWA (Outlook Web App) and download the software

More information from detailed help

If you need more information or help regarding installation, please contact the Microsoft Office support.

Downloading the software from the Microsoft website

If this is your first Office suite, you can start by launching the installation. However, if you already use an older version of Office, you must start by uninstalling it (Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program).

Log in to OWA (Outlook Web App) and click on the Install Office (Asenna Office). (See  instructions logging in to OWA)

This opens the Office 365 home page. On the home page, you can view the software covered by your license, the number of installed software and the number of remaining licences. On this page, you can also deactivate a valid licence on a computer, which will make the licence available again and allow you to install the software on another computer.

Click on Install Office 2016 (1) or, if you want to change the default language of the installed Office suite, Other installations (2).

The default Office language suggested during the installation is the language used in OWA. See the instructions on changing the language settings in OWA.

After selecting the language and the version (32/64 bit), click Install. The view will depend on the browser:

Internet Explorer

Mozilla Firefox


Save the installation package on your computer or run the installation. If you choose to save the file, you will usually find it in the Downloads folder.

When you run the package, you are first asked for the administrator rights. Please enter the administration password of your own computer.

Follow the step-by-step installation instructions.

When you receive a notification that you may start using Office, the installation is about ready... All done!

You can now launch software included in the Office Suite on the Start menu.

NB Mac users! When you log in to Mac’s Office for the first time, the application asks for a licence. To provide the licence, log in using the University of Helsinki Office 365 user account,

The account for Raimo Keski-Vääntö (rkeskiva), for example, is

Your Office 365 home page will look slightly different when you first open it after installing Office:

The Manage installs view shows you the computers on which you have installed the Office suite and the number of remaining licences. In the same view, you can deactivate the licence of another computer, for example, if you have uninstalled the program from the computer in question. In this case, the licence will become available to another computer.

You can also install the Office suite to other devices and systems on the same page by clicking Office on your devices.

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