You'll be transferred to someone who can help you. Activate Office on a different or restored computer Your Office license allows you to reinstall Office on the same computer, and some licenses allow you to activate Office on more than one computer. But if you try activating Office and you get a message that you have installed it too many times, use the telephone option in the Activation Wizard to contact a support technician. To learn more about what the license terms allow, read the Microsoft Software License Terms for your Office product.
What happens if you don't activate Office If you don't activate your software, eventually Office switches to Reduced Functionality mode where it lets you open files to view them but not edit them. In the Activation Wizard, choose the option for activating by telephone, and when you call the activation number, but do not enter anything or say anything.
Excel supports hardware accelerated chart drawing, and PowerPoint supports hardware accelerated animations, transitions, and video playback and effects; slideshow elements are now rendered as sprites, which are then composited with additional effects such as fades and wipes implemented using Pixel Shader 2. The functionality is exposed through a new Screenshot command on the Insert tab of the ribbon that, when clicked, presents individual options to capture either app windows or selections of content.
The former option presents open windows as thumbnails in a gallery on the ribbon that insert a screenshot of the selected window into the active app, while the latter option minimizes the currently active app, dims the screen, and presents a selection rectangle for users to create a screenshot by holding the main mouse button, dragging the selection rectangle to a desired area of the screen, and then releasing the button to automatically insert the selection as an image into the document.
Only windows that have not been minimized to the taskbar can be captured. After a screenshot has been inserted, various adjustments can be made.
The SmartArt text pane now allows users to insert, modify, and reorder images and their associated text within a diagram, and new Move Up and Move Down commands on the ribbon facilitate the reordering of content.
Images are automatically cropped when inserted into shapes within SmartArt diagrams to preserve their aspect ratio; users can also manually reposition images. During the crop process, the layout of shapes in SmartArt diagrams is locked to prevent users from inadvertently modifying its position while making adjustments to an image.
Of these, a new Picture category dedicated to the presentation of images includes over 30 diagrams, and the Organization Chart category includes 3 new diagrams. The Convert to Shapes command, a feature introduced in Office SP2 as a context menu option that turned SmartArt into a group of customizable shapes, is now featured as on option on the ribbon in both apps. Additionally, in PowerPoint, it is possible to convert SmartArt diagrams into bulleted lists through a new Convert to Text option.
Accessibility Checker can be accessed through the "Check for Issues" button on the Prepare for Sharing group on the Info tab of the Backstage view. Clicking the button opens a task pane with a list of accessibility issues discovered in the document and also provides suggestions to address these issues. The Backstage view also reports accessibility issues in the Prepare for Sharing group so that they can be addressed before the document is shared with other users.
Translations for phrases or words are displayed within a tooltip, from which users can hear an audio pronunciation of the selected text provided by one of the Microsoft text-to-speech voices installed on a machine, copy the translation to the clipboard so that it can be inserted into another document, or view a definition provided by an online service if the selected text is a word. Users can download various text-to-speech engines from Microsoft. The navigation pane also replaces the Find dialog box in previous versions and now highlights search results.
Office Professional will cost even more than the corresponding Office edition with the elimination of upgrade pricing. New with Office , Microsoft's product key card -- a small credit card-sized piece of plastic that includes a single license activation key -- is aimed at customers who have purchased a new PC with Office Starter preinstalled. Starter, which replaces the decades-old Microsoft Works suite, includes reduced functionality versions of Word and Excel , but lacks the PowerPoint and OneNote applications available on Home and Student.
All the code for Home and Student, Home and Business, and Professional are installed on new PCs that offer Officer Starter; the key simply "unlocks" the appropriate version, eliminating the need to download additional software. Office Starter will include on-screen advertisements in the lower-right-hand corner of the Word and Excel windows; those ads, of course, vanish when a key card and its product activation key are used to upgrade to one of the paying editions. Microsoft will also offer two other SKUs to its volume license corporate customers:
Less Important: When you select the option to activate Office by telephone, you might receive this error: Telephone activation is no longer supported for your product. In most cases, you'll need your product key to activate Office Need help finding your product key? If you don't see an Activate Product Key button, your software is already activated, and you don't need to do anything. Follow the steps in the Activation Wizard.