How to download the 64-bit version of Office 365

Most modern computers, laptops, 2-in-1 devices, tablets, and even many smartphones run on 64-bit processors. Among other things, this also leads to a general movement of the software world towards 64-bit apps. As Microsoft is one of the largest software companies in the world, lots of software developed by them are available both in 32-bit and in 64-bit versions. Some users might prefer Office 365 in 64-bit, and that is why, in this article, we are going to show you how to get to it. We are also going to tell you why you might want to go with the 64-bit version of Office 365 instead of the default 32-bit version that Microsoft pushes to its subscribers. Let's start:

Why might you prefer Office 365 64-bit over Office 365 32-bit?

One reason is that you might want Office 365 64-bit because you prefer to be as up-to-date as possible. Depending on how you intend to use your Office 365 apps, their 64-bit versions might work better than the 32-bit ones. Here are the main reasons for which you should go with Office 365 64-bit:

  • You can work with very large Excel workbooks. For instance, you can work on Excel workbooks that have complex calculations, connect to external databases or are larger than 2 GB each.
  • You can work with large PowerPoint presentations, that have large pictures, videos at high resolutions and complex animations.
  • You can work with large Word documents that are not just about text. If they have large images or large tables, the Microsoft Word 64-bit version is going to perform better.

Of course, there are also drawbacks when using Office 365 64-bit: if you have some add-ins that were developed to work only in the 32-bit version of Office, they stop working in the 64-bit version. However, this is a situation that is mostly encountered in businesses where specific add-ins were created to fill specific needs. Home users or business users that do not use add-ins should not stumble upon such problems.

How to download and install Office 365 64-bit

Because we are talking about Office 365, we assume that you already have an active subscription plan for it and you know your Office 365 user account and password. If that is true, head to Office.com and Sign in with your account.

Signing into your Microsoft account

Once you logged in, click or tap the "Install Office" link.

Clicking or tapping the Install Office link

Then, on the Office 365 web page, click or tap the Install Office button from the "Install Office on all computers" section.

Clicking or tapping the Install Office link once more

Microsoft then shows a dialog called "Download and install Office 365...". By default, you get the 32-bit version of Office 365, so do not hurry to click/tap the Install button.

If you want Office 365 64-bit, click or tap the "Other options" link.

Choosing other options instead of the default Office 365 32-bit

Now you should see the "Choose a language" and the "Choose a version" drop-down lists. Use the first to select the language you prefer and use the second list to select "Office - 64-bit". If you want, you can also opt to "Download an offline installer". Once you are done, click or tap Install.

Selecting the language and then the 64-bit version of Office 365

Once you have pressed Install, your web browser starts downloading the Office 365 64-bit installer. You can choose to directly run it, or save it somewhere on your device.

Downloading Office 365 64-bit

Then, all that is left to do to have Office 365 64-bit on your PC is to run the installer and wait for it to end the installation.

Running the installer for Office 365 64-bit

When done, if you want to double-check that you got Office 365 64-bit, you can use one of the methods we have detailed here: 5 ways to find the exact version of Microsoft Office that you are using.

If you do not have time to read that guide too, you should know that one of the best ways to find the version of your Office 365 is to open any of the apps in it, such as Word, and head to "Home -> Account -> About".

The About section from Office 365 Word

In the About window, you can see the version of the app that you are using. The About window should say something like "Microsoft Word for Office 365 [...] 64-bit".

Checking whether you have Office 365 64-bit

Do you prefer Office 365 64-bit or Office 365 32-bit?

Downloading and installing the Office 365 64-bit apps is not complicated. With just a bit of attention, you should get what you want in no time. Now that you know how to get it, tell us: do you prefer to use Office 365 64-bit or do you prefer to stick with the 32-bit version? Share your opinion in the comments section below.