Office uninstall tool
Uninstall Office from a PC
The following steps describe how to uninstall Office products on a PC (laptop, desktop, or 2-in-1). For Mac, see Uninstall Office for Mac.
Tip: Uninstalling Office only removes the Office applications from your computer, it doesn’t remove any files, documents, or workbooks you created using the apps.
Uninstall Office for your installation type
The steps to uninstall Office depend on the type of installation you have. The most common installation types are Click-to-Run and Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI). The other type is an Office installation from the Microsoft Store app.
Select the Click-to-Run or MSI or Microsoft Store tab below and follow those uninstall steps for your installation type.
Not sure which type of install you have?
Open an Office app to check your installation type
Note: If you can’t open an app to check your installation type, try the more common Click-to-Run or MSI uninstall steps first.
Create or open an existing file and select File > Account (or it might say Office Account).
Under Product information, find the About button and check for the following:
Click-to-Run installations have a Version and Build number, and include the phrase Click-to-Run.
Follow the Click-to-Run or MSI steps below.
An MSI installation doesn’t have a Version or Build number.
Follow the Click-to-Run or MSI steps below.
Microsoft Store installations have a Version and Build number, and include the phrase Microsoft Store.
If you have this installation type, select the Microsoft Store tab.
If you have a Click-to-Run or an MSI installation, uninstall Office using the Control Panel or download the uninstall support tool. If you can’t uninstall Office using either of those options, try uninstalling Office manually.
Option 1 — Uninstall Office from the Control Panel
Open the Control Panel.
Tip: If you installed the Office apps as part of a suite, such as Office Home and Student or Office 365, search for the suite name. For stand-alone apps search by the app name, such as Project or Visio.
In most cases you can’t uninstall an individual app if it’s included in your Office suite. The only way to uninstall an individual app is if you purchased it as a stand-alone app.
How you open the Control Panel depends on your version of Windows.
In the search box on the task bar, type control panel, then select Control Panel.
Select Programs > Programs and Features, then right-click your Microsoft Office product, and choose Uninstall.
Windows 8.1 or 8
Right-click the Start button (lower-left corner), and choose Control Panel.
Select Programs and Features, then right-click your Office product, and choose Uninstall.
Click Start > Control Panel.
Click Programs > Programs and Features.
Right-click the Office application you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.
Follow the prompts to complete the uninstall.
Note: If Office isn’t listed in the Control Panel you could have a Microsoft Store installation type. Select the Microsoft Store tab above and follow those uninstall steps instead.
To reinstall Office select the version you want to reinstall and follow those steps.
Option 2 — Completely uninstall Office with the uninstall support tool
Click the button below to download and install the Office uninstall support tool.
Follow the steps below to download the uninstall support tool according to your browser.
Tip: The tool may take a few minutes to download and install. After completing the installation, the Uninstall Office products window will open.
Edge or Internet Explorer
At the bottom of the browser window, select Run to launch the SetupProd_OffScrub.exe.
In the lower-lower left corner right-click SetupProd_OffScrub.exe > Open.
In the pop-up window, select Save File.
Next, from the upper-right of the FireFox browser window, select the downloads arrow and then select SetupProd_OffScrub.exe.
Select the version you want to uninstall, and then select Next.
Follow through the remaining screens and when prompted, restart your computer.
After you restart your computer, the uninstall tool automatically re-opens to complete the final step of the uninstall process. Follow the remaining prompts.
Select the steps for the version of Office you want to install or reinstall. Close the uninstall tool.
Uninstall Office manually
If the Office unistall tool doesn’t completely uninstall Office from your PC, you can manually uninstall Office.
Uninstall Office from Settings in Windows 10
Select Start > Settings > Apps.
Under Apps & Features select the version of Office you want to uninstall.
Note: If you installed an Office suite such as Office Home and Student or you have an Office subscription, search for the suite name. If you bought an individual Office application, such as Word or Visio, search for the application name.
Tip: If you can’t uninstall your Microsoft Store installation using Settings in Windows 10, then try to uninstall Office manually using PowerShell following the steps below.
Uninstall Office manually using PowerShell
Right-click Start and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).
In the Windows PowerShell window, type the following:
Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.Office.Desktop” | Remove-AppxPackage
This takes a few minutes. Once it’s done, a new command prompt appears.
Verify Office was removed
In the Windows PowerShell window, type the following:
Get-AppxPackage -name “Microsoft.Office.Desktop”
If only a command prompt appears and no additional information, it means you successfully removed Office and you can close the Windows PowerShell window.
Note: If you’re not sure what operating system you have, see Which Windows operating system am I running?
Cannot Uninstall Office 365, 2016, 2013, 2010 or 2007 (Solved)
The «Couldn’t Uninstall Office» error message may occur when you try to uninstall the Office suite (Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016 or Office 365) from Windows. The above problem is occurred when you want to remove a Trial or a Full version of Microsoft Office, because you want to install another Office version or to remove and re-install the Office suite for repair purposes.
The common method to remove the Office suite (and other) application(s) from your Windows computer is to use the «Program and Features» option in Control Panel. But in some cases, you cannot uninstall Office from there and you receive the following error during Office uninstall process: «Couldn’t uninstall Office. We’re sorry. Office couldn’t be uninstalled. Please try uninstalling Office again.»
If you cannot uninstall Office 365, 2016, 2013, 2010 or 2007 by using the «Add or Remove Programs» or «Programs and Features» feature in Control Panel, then in this guide you can find two easy methods to remove the Office suite from your system and bypass the «Couldn’t uninstall Office» problem.
Alternative methods to uninstall Microsoft Office suite from Windows.
Method 1. By using Microsoft’s Office Uninstall Tool.
1. Download the Uninstall Microsoft Office Fix tool to automatically uninstall Office 365, Office 2016 or Office 2013 *
- To automatically uninstall Office 2010 in Windows 7 download and run this tool.
- To automatically uninstall Office 2010 in Windows 8 download and run this tool.
- To automatically uninstall Office 2010 in Windows 10 download and run this tool.
- To automatically uninstall Office 2007 in Windows 7 download and run this tool.
- To automatically uninstall Office 2007 in Windows 10, 8 & 8.1 download and run this tool.
2. Run the «Uninstall Microsoft Office Fix» and press Next at the first screen.
3. Let the process to resolve problems with Office Uninstall and remove the Office software from your computer.
Method 2. By using Geek Uninstaller utility.
If you cannot remove Microsoft Office suite by using the classic method
1. Download and extract the GeekUninstaller (geek.zip) utility to your computer.
2. Double click to launch the geek application.
3. Right-click at the Microsoft Office suite and choose Uninstall.
4. Proceed to Uninstall Office. If you still face problems with Office uninstall, then right-click again at Microsoft Office item but this time choose Force Removal.
5. Ask Yes at the next window and let the Geek Uninstaller utility to remove the Office suite from your computer.
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8 Methods to Fully Remove or Uninstall Microsoft Office
It is not uncommon that one day you find a software application just stops working. The most basic way to attempt to solve the problem is by reinstalling the program. Hopefully, the setup will replace any corrupted files or settings that prevent the program from working properly. Sometimes a reinstall won’t work because the setup installer requires you to uninstall the program first before you can perform a new installation.
All is good if you can uninstall and reinstall, but there are times when you cannot repair or uninstall the program, then you’re stuck with installed software that doesn’t run. Depending on the installation process, some easy ones can be removed by manually deleting the program’s folder, shortcut and the obvious registry entries. However, some uninstalls can be far more tricky.
A bigger and more sophisticated application like Microsoft Office has thousands of registry entries and files scattered across the system. It must be properly uninstalled or else it can affect system stability and prevent reinstallation later on. Being such a large piece of software, a partially working or non working install of Office could also have an effect on other software that is relying on Office tools or components to function.
Uninstall Microsoft Office from Control Panel or Settings
Of course, the first method that you should always use to uninstall software such as Microsoft Office is from the official uninstaller. This will be found in Programs and Features in the Control Panel or Apps in Windows 10 Settings.
Select the version of Microsoft Office from the list and click the Uninstall button. You will be asked to confirm if you want to remove Microsoft Office from your computer. Click either the Yes or Uninstall button to proceed with the uninstallation.
If the built-in uninstaller fails to remove Microsoft Office from your computer, then refer to other methods shown below.
Remove Microsoft Office using the Setup File
Running the setup executable file that is used for installation can also trigger the option to remove the Microsoft Office installed on the computer. Open the optical drive letter or disc image to view where the install files are located.
Running the setup.exe will open a window giving you the option to add or remove features, repair, remove, or enter a product key.
Uninstalling from the Setup executable on the disk doesn’t work for all versions of Office. We tested the installers for 2013, 2010, and 2007 and they do have the remove option, 2016 didn’t have it.
Uninstall Office with the Microsoft Office Uninstall Support Tool
After discontinuing or making some other Office uninstall tools unavailable, Microsoft has come out with another utility to handle the task. The Office uninstall support tool says it can completely uninstall Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and various versions of Office 365. It’s worth noting the tool did not detect our Office 2007 install during testing but did work with 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Download the tool from Option 2 on the Microsoft webpage and double click it, .NET Framework 4.6 or higher is required on Windows 7. It will first install the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant of which the uninstall support tool is a part. Run the executable again and select the version of Office that has been detected, then click Next. Read the warning, check the box and click Next.
After some minutes, the process will complete and you will be prompted that the computer is going to be restarted.
The tool will popup after a reboot with the results of the uninstall process with some links to help you reinstall Office if you don’t have a CD/DVD/ISO/IMG with the install files. The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant will need to be uninstalled from Programs and Features or Settings > Apps.
Delete Microsoft Office using FixIt
FixIt used to be a useful set of free troubleshooting tools by Microsoft to repair a variety of common problems including uninstalling Office. Sadly it was discontinued in 2018 in favor of the built in Windows troubleshooters. FixIt’s came as small tools that each focused on one or two specific tasks so you will need to use the correct version for your installed version of Microsoft Office and Windows.
To use one of these tools, download it and double click on the diagcab or MSI file. All you have to do is essentially click Yes or the Next button a few times while the tool attempts to find and completely remove the Office installation.
Uninstall Office 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016
From any Windows: O15CTRRemovev2.diagcab
Uninstall Office 2013, 2016 or Office 365
From any Windows: O15CTRRemove.diagcab
Uninstall Office 2010
From Windows 8/10: MicrosoftFixit20055.mini.diagcab
From Windows 7 and below: MicrosoftFixit50450.msi
Uninstall Office 2007:
From Windows 8/10: MicrosoftFixit20052.mini.diagcab
From Windows 7 and below: MicrosoftFixit50154.msi
Uninstall Office 2003:
From Windows 8/10: MicrosoftFixit20054.mini.diagcab
From Windows 7 and below: MicrosoftFixit50416.msi
The tool might scan for Office a couple of times before finishing but just keep pressing Next until you reach the completed window and the Close button, then restart the computer.
Clean Up Microsoft Office using OffScrub VBScript
OffScrub is an Office Removal Utility created in VBScript by Microsoft that is found in many of the Fix it tools mentioned above. You’d have to extract the MSI or diagcab file of the Fix it tool to obtain the OffScrub .vbs file using a third party tool such 7-Zip (for the diagcab files only) or Universal Extractor. It’s not found in the top link of the FixIt tools above but is available in the others.
Some of the advantages of using OffScrub are the ability to remove Office standalone products which you would not be able to do if you were running the Fixit tool and also the possibility of automation using the command line. For the more advanced user, you can also see the different removal stages in real time which could be helpful in pinpointing the cause of uninstallation problems.
Erase Microsoft Office using Remove Office 2007 / 2010
A software developer called “Refuse to Suffer” created two free dedicated tools to clean up Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 when the normal uninstallation procedure fails. The developer and its website are gone now but the tools still exist. All you need to do is run the programs as admin and click the Go button.
There are a few things you should know before using the Remove Office 2007 or Remove Office 2010 tool. First of all, the tool automatically restarts your computer after completing the removal process so make sure you’ve already saved and closed any other running files. Also, it should not be used when you have two different versions of Microsoft Office installed on the computer because the tool isn’t programmed to keep the important commonly shared files.
Get rid of Microsoft Office using a Third Party Uninstall Utility
While there are many third party software uninstaller utilities, we recommend one of the best around which is Revo Uninstaller Pro. It’s reliable and has a feature to analyze leftover files/folders/registry entries based on a given path, and automatically creates a backup so that the forced uninstall can be restored. The only drawback is Revo Uninstaller Pro is shareware but it offers a 30 day fully functional trial.
2. Run Revo Uninstaller Pro and double click the Office entry in the list. If you can’t find an entry for Office, click the “Forced Uninstall” button.
3. If you chose Forced Uninstall, enter the program name which is Microsoft Office, click the “Browse for” button and select Folder, then browse to the Microsoft Office folder which is normally installed in “Program Files” or “Program Files (x86)”. If it finds any uninstallers connected to Office they will be listed and you can choose one to try and uninstall with it. Click Next.
4. Revo Uninstaller Pro will create a registry backup and a system restore point. It will first attempt to uninstall Office with any selected official uninstaller. Click Scan and the program will scan for leftover files, folders and registry items which you can review and delete if you want.
If most or all of the installation is still on the system, Revo uninstaller could find thousands of registry entries and files. In the event anything is still leftover from an Office install after going through the process once, you can simply run Revo Uninstaller Pro again and select the remaining files in a forced uninstall.
Last Resort: Uninstall Microsoft Office Manually
If none of the above methods have helped to completely remove Office from your computer, there may be little choice than to try and manually remove it from the system yourself. There are separate guides on the Microsoft website for uninstalling Office 2007, 2010, 2013 and one joint guide for 2016 and newer versions.
The instructions are complex and comprehensive so will take a lot of time and patience. They work with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 along with versions of Office that are Click-to-Run, MSI installer or Windows Store versions. You will be guided through removing files, folders, scheduled tasks, services, Start menu entries, and registry keys/values. It’s not for the faint of heart but maybe your only option left to get rid of your Office install.
Final Notes: No matter which method you use to uninstall Microsoft Office from your computer, it is always advisable to create a full backup image first so that it is possible to restore back the changes when things go wrong.
How to uninstall Office 365 or Office 2019/2016 on Windows 10
Here are the easy steps to get rid of Microsoft Office from your Windows 10 PC, if you don’t like product or you’re having issues and you need reinstall it.
After installing the suite of Office apps on Windows 10, you may have a lot of reasons to uninstall them. Perhaps, you’re trying to free up a license of Office 365 (Office 2019 or Office 2016) for another device, things may not be working correctly and you’re trying to reinstall the software to fix any issues, you don’t like the product and you want to downgrade to a previous version, or you just want to uninstall the suite permanently.
Whatever the reason there might be, there are at least a couple of ways to uninstall Microsoft Office from your computer.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to quickly uninstall Office from your Windows 10 installation, including Office 365, Office 2019, and Office 2016.
How to uninstall Office from Windows 10 using Settings
To uninstall Microsoft Office from Windows 10 with Settings, use these steps:
Click on Apps & features.
Select the Microsoft Office 365 installation, or the name of the suite you purchased like “Microsoft Office 365 Home,” or “Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019.”
Click the Uninstall button.
Click the Uninstall button again.
Uninstall Office using the Settings app on Windows 10
Continue with the on-screen directions to complete the task.
Once you complete the steps, the suite of Office app will be removed from your device.
Alternatively, and on previous version of the OS, you can open Control Panel and uninstall the suite from Programs and Features.
How to completely uninstall Office using the easy fix tool
Microsoft provides an easy fix tool to help you quickly uninstall Office 365, Office 2016 or 2013 completely from your computer.
To use the “Uninstall Microsoft Office” tool to remove the suite of apps from your device, use these steps:
Double-click the file to launch the tool.
Click the Next button.
Click Yes to completely uninstall the suite of Office apps from your device.
Office easy fix tool to completely remove the suite
Office should be completely gone from your Windows 10 PC, and now you can move on or reinstall Office 365 from your Office online account or manually using the standalone installation for Office 2016.
It’s worth pointing out that you can’t uninstall individual apps anymore, such as Word or Excel, using Office 365. However, you can still remove individual apps when you purchase the standalone version of the suite.
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