How to use the new Get Office app in Windows 10 and how to remove it
If you use Windows 10, it's impossible not to have met the Get Office app. Up until recently, Get Office was nothing more than an app designed to get you to try and buy Microsoft's productivity apps from their Office suite. However, things seem to have changed to such an extent that the Get Office app is now something people are starting to call an Office hub. It's no longer an app that promotes other apps. It evolved into a central point from where you can download Office apps, access your Office files, get support, send feedback and perform other actions. Here's what the latest version of the Get Office app is all about:
Where's the Get Office app?
The Get Office app comes pre-installed in all Windows 10 versions and editions. However, if you don't have it, know that you can always download and install it from its Windows Store page, here: Get Office. On your Windows 10 computer or device, you'll find the shortcut of Get Office app displayed in the All apps list from the Start Menu.
Of course, just like almost everything else in Windows 10, you can also use search to find the Get Office app.
Once opened, this is what the Get Office app looks like:
Unless you sign in to your Microsoft account, the app doesn't offer much. You can see its various sections and options, but that's it. That's why you should start by signing in.
Sign in to the Get Office app from Windows 10
On the top-right corner of the Get Office app, you'll see a Sign in link. Click or tap on it and enter your Microsoft account. Then, press Next.
Enter your password and then click or tap on the Sign in button.
If you use a two-factor authentication, also enter your verification code. Then, click or tap on Submit.
Once you've authenticated, the Get Office app will take a few seconds to load your personal profile.
What's there to be found in the Get Office app and how to use it?
The app is split into a few major sections: Home, My account, Programs, Documents, Help and training, Feedback, and About. Let's see what each of these sections has to offer:
- Home - is a central dashboard where you can see a slider with recommendations from Microsoft, a list of the Recent documents you've worked on, and a vertical list of shortcuts for Office apps.
- My account - shows and lets you manage your Office 365 subscriptions, payments, billing and cancellation options.
- Programs - shows you a few lists with Office-related apps. The first one is called Office and has all the Microsoft Office apps that are available to install or open (if you already have them installed) on your Windows 10 computer or device. They are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, OneDrive, and Skype. The second list is called Other programs and has OneNote, Sway, Wunderlist and Office Lens. The third and last list offers a few links for getting Microsoft Office apps on mobile devices that run Windows 10 Mobile, iOS or Android. For each of the apps shown in these three lists, you also get a short description of what it does, on the right of the Get Office app window.
- Documents - this section of the Get Office app shows a list of the Recent documents you've worked on. For each of them, you get to see their title, location, and the last time you've worked on them. At the end of the list, there's also an Open button which you can use to open any Office document from your Windows 10 computer or device. Unfortunately, we've found that this list also includes files that you've already deleted or moved from their original location. When we tried opening such documents, we ended up with a "not found" error.
- Help and training - offers you a few links that will take you online and give you access to help and training. You can learn more about Office apps by going through the guides Microsoft offers; you can search for help, ask the Office community, or even contact Office support.
- Feedback - is a section where the Get Office app tells you that you can "Send a smile," "Send a Frown," or "Send a Suggestion." However, it looks like these aren't working yet - we tried each of them, and all they do is take you to the Help and training section of the app.
How to remove the Get Office app
If you don't like what the Get Office app has to offer, you may want to remove it from your Windows 10 PC. A quick way to do it is to right click or long tap the Get Office shortcut from your Start Menu, and then click or tap Uninstall.
Windows 10 will ask you if you're sure that you want to uninstall the app and all its related information. Click or tap Uninstall.
In a second, the Get Office app will be removed from your PC, without any other further confirmations requested from your part.
The Get Office app may not seem like it's doing too much right now, but we must say it: it does a whole lot more than it used to when it was first launched. That means that Microsoft is investing resources into making it something more than just an advertising app. For now, Get Office only gives links and access to a list of recent documents. However, if we'd take a guess, we'd say that the Get Office as we see it now is only the beginning. This app will probably transform over the next weeks or months and become more useful than it is right now. What do you think: will the new Get Office be useful to users, or will it share the same fate as its previous versions, which most people uninstalled as soon as possible?