Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1.


Install and use Microsoft Office on Surface Pro

You can buy Office, activate Office (using an existing product key) or install a trial version of Microsoft Office on Surface Pro.


Microsoft Office

Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to the Start screen and tap or click Microsoft Office.
Step 2: 

Tap or click one of the following options:

  • Buy: See the different options for buying Office.
  • Activate: Enter your Office Product Key if you’ve already bought Office.
  • Try: Install a one-month trial of Office 365 Home Premium (includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher).

Difference between Office 2013 suites and Office 365

  • Most Office 365 plans also include the full-featured Office 2013 applications, which users can install across multiple computers and devices. Active Office 365 subscribers receive future rights to version upgrades as a benefit of their subscription. Entitlements vary by product. To learn more about the difference between the Office 365 plans and Office 2013 suites, see Office Frequently Asked Questions.
  • To learn more about which Office suite is right for you, go to Office.com/Buy.

How to install Office 2010 on Surface Pro

  • You can install Office 2010 from a CD or DVD, a website or from a network. Here’s how:

  • Install from a CD or DVD
    To install Office 2010 from a CD or DVD, connect an external USB optical disc drive to your Surface Pro. If Office 2010 doesn't start installing automatically, open the Search charm, enter Computer in the search box, then tap or click Computer. Open the CD or DVD folder, and open the program setup file, usually called Setup.exe or Install.exe.
  • Install from a network
    Ask your network admin for help installing Office from your company network.
  • Install from the Internet
    If you have the 25-character Product Key that came with your Office 2010 purchase, you can install Office 2010 from the Internet.

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Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

  • If you’re new to Office 2013, you can download free Quick Start Guides to help you get started. These printable guides have useful tips and shortcuts to help you find your way around:

File compatibility

Touch, pen, and language support

Your Office files on any device

  • When you’re signed in with your Microsoft account, Office apps save docs on OneDrive (formerly called SkyDrive) by default. This way your Office docs are in one place, available from any computer, phone or device that’s connected to the Internet. Your Microsoft account includes 7 GB of free file storage on OneDrive.

  • If you’d rather, you can still save Office docs on your Surface by choosing Computer when you save from any Office app.