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How to Uninstall Office 365 on Mac

For many of us, Microsoft Office products are vital for work, study, and everyday life. Although you may use Office 365 often, you might have no clue how to remove it from your Mac. It may be that Word keeps crashing every time you use it. In some cases, removing the software and reinstalling the latest version can fix bugs and other problems.


Whatever reason you have to remove Office 365, you can find the proper uninstallation processes here. We’ve researched the best and most efficient methods to completely uninstall Microsoft Office 365 on your Mac—so keep reading for all our insights.


Before we start


Rather than spend time trying to manually remove Office 365 and its data, you can save time with MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller. It makes viewing and safely removing apps simple, leaving your Mac clear, while also protecting your privacy. You won’t have to worry about any leftovers causing your computer to slow down. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download MacKeeper on your Mac.
  2. Click Smart Uninstaller > Remove Selected to start removing any unwanted apps and files, plus many more.
  3. Confirm your readiness to get rid of the redundancy by clicking Remove.

What’s the difference between Office 365 and other versions?

Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based service, offering a variety of different monthly and yearly plans. Other versions of Office, in contrast, are available as a one-off purchase.


One of the main benefits of the subscription model is you always get the latest Office features as part of your plan. You don’t need to monitor your apps; Microsoft will let you know when new features are available. Your purchasing details and credentials are also linked to your account, so you can use Microsoft Office on up to five machines at the same time.


The one-time deals can only be set up on a fixed Mac or PC. These versions include security updates, but you won’t get any new features. Microsoft does refresh features when it releases new versions of its one-time purchases, but you’ll need to pay for the new app to get them. However, you aren’t fixed to a time limit, and you'll have full lifetime access after buying the license.  


Currently, you need to be running one of the last three versions of macOS (macOS Sonoma, Ventura, or Monterey) to receive updates for Office 365, Office 202, and Office 2019. You can still use the apps on older operating systems, but you won’t be able to get the updates.


Hint from us: 


Check out our guide if you see a message in Office saying your account doesn’t allow editing on a Mac. This is mostly likely due to a limitation of your software license.


Our team has researched the key differences between Microsoft 365 and one-time Office purchases. They’re summarized in the table below, so grab the insights from our comparative analysis.

 One-time purchaseMicrosoft 365
PriceOne-off priceMonthly fee
UpdatesSecurity onlyNew features, updates, and security
Number of machinesOne Mac or PCUnlimited devices (Mac, PC, mobile, tablet), with up to 5 signed in at the same time
Mobile appsBasic editingAdvanced features
Online storageNot includedCloud storage included
Technical supportFor installation onlyHelp with technical, subscription, and billing issues at no extra cost

How to manually remove Office 365 (Microsoft 365) from Mac

Mac’s version of Microsoft Office includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive, Outlook, and OneNote. Like every app, they’re divided into components and split into a binary file and numerous service files. If you want to manually delete Microsoft Office from your Mac, you’ll need to clean out all of them, following these steps:

  1. Exclude Office 365 from applications
  2. Wipe out Office 365 files
  3. Delete Office 365 from the Dock

1. Exclude Microsoft Office from Applications

The first step in uninstalling Microsoft Office 365 on Mac is to remove all of its apps from Applications. Here’s how:

  1. Open Finder > Applications.
  2. Press Cmd and click to select all Office 365 apps.
  3. Right-click the chosen applications, then click Move to Trash.
The first step in removing Microsoft Office 365 is to get rid of the apps themselves. You can find these in the Applications folder of macOS.
Step 1. Go to your Applications folder
In the Applications folder, select all the apps that are linked to Microsoft Office 365. These include Word, PowerPoint, Teams.
Step 2. Select your Office 365 apps
Finally, drag the apps to the Trash. You can also right-click them and select 'Move to Trash'. Then empty your Trash to delete them.
Step 3. Send the files to Trash

2. Wipe out Microsoft Office files

In Applications, you’ll find a list of all executable files. But annoyingly, service files can be located in less easily accessed folders on your system drive. To fully remove Office 365 from your Mac, you’ll need to locate and delete this hidden data, too.


Here’s how to delete Microsoft Office files:

  1. If you have any Microsoft Office running, quit all of them. You may want to stop Microsoft auto-update on Mac too.
  2. Click your desktop or a Finder window, then select Go > click Go To Folder in the menu bar.
  3. Type ~/Library, and press Return.
  4. Look through your Library folder, then delete folders and files that are connected to Office 365. Below, our experts have listed some of the most common things to look out for, but because Office 365 is constantly being updated, the files on your Mac may be different:
    • ~/Library/Containers/
    • ~/Library/Containers/
    • ~/Library/Containers/
    • ~/Library/Containers/
    • ~/Library/Containers/
    • ~/Library/Containers/
    • ~/Library/Containers/
    • ~/Library/Group Containers/
    • ~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.OfficeOsfWebHost
    • ~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts/
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts/
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts/
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts/
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts/
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts/
    • ~/Library/Preferences/
    • ~/Library/Preferences/
    • ~/Library/Preferences/
    • ~/Library/Preferences/
Before you start deleting service and support files for Office 365, make sure no Office apps are running, even in the background.
Step 1. Quit any running Office 365 apps
Click on your Mac's desktop or select a Finder window.  Next, select Go > Go to Folder from the menu bar, and press Return.
Step 2. Select Go to Folder
In the Go to Folder window, type in '~/Library' and press Return. This will take you to the hidden Library folder, where a lot of service files are installed.
Step 3. Go to your Library folder
Go through the Library folder and the folders inside it. Whenever you see anything with Microsoft in it's name, that's likely to be an Office 365 file, and you should delete it.
Step 4. Delete anything associated with Office 365

Note from our experts:


If you’re having issues running Office 365, it could be that you have temporary files that are causing your Mac to clutter and run poorly. Our team also recommends that you password protect your files for extra security.

Step 3. Delete Microsoft Office from The Dock

If, after you remove Microsoft Office 365 from your Mac, you’re left with an icon in your Dock, you’ll need to remove that too.


Here’s how to delete Microsoft Office from the Dock:

  1. Locate any Office 365 apps that are located in your dock. Right-click and choose Options.
  2. Select Remove from Dock.
To start removing an icon from your Dock, right-click on it, and hover your mouse over 'Options'. This will bring up another selection to choose from.
Step 1. Right-click the Dock icon
Click 'Remove from Dock' to remove the Microsoft Office 365 icon from your Dock. This should be the final step in removing the app from your Mac.
Step 2. Remove the icon from the Dock

Note from our team: 


If you run into any issues when trying to delete files or shortcuts, make sure to kill processes running in the background, which may be related to Microsoft Office. You can do this using the built-in Activity Monitor tool.

How to quickly and completely delete Office 365 on Mac

As you’ve seen, it’s fast and easy to delete the Office apps from your Applications folder—but if you want to completely uninstall Microsoft Office 365 from your Mac, you have to go further. Support files and cached data will often get left behind. Yes, you can remove this content manually, but it’s time-consuming, and you have to know what you’re looking for.


That’s where an automatic app remover like MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller can come to the rescue. This handy tool does the work for you, so you can clear unneeded and junk files, properly and safely, within moments. No need to touch the OS X Terminal or dig through loads of obscurely named folders. Check the instructions in the next section of our guide.

Remove Office 365 with MacKeeper

Use MacKeeper to uninstall Office 365 for Mac, and it will remove not only the main apps but hidden service files too. In no time at all, your iMac, MacBook Air, or other Apple system will be as clean as a whistle.


Here’s how to remove Office 365 with MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller:

  1. Download MacKeeper. Open it and select Smart Uninstaller.
  2. Click Start Scan.
  3. Select the Office 365 app you want to remove, then click Remove Selected.
  4. Select Remove.
Opened Smart Uninstaller feature in MacKeeper application where you can start the scan for applications that can be deleted
Step 1. MacKeeper > Smart Uninstaller
Opened Smart Uninstaller feature in MacKeeper application where you should click on Start Scan button to run the scan to find the apps on your Mac
Step 2. Start Scan
Opened Smart Uninstaller feature in MacKeeper application with the scan results where you can start the removal of applications by clickin the Remove Selected button.
Step 3. Click Remove Selected
An opened pop-up in Smart Uninstaller feature where you need to confirm the removal of applications using MacKeeper.
Step 4. Confirm the deletion

Now, your Office 365 apps should be removed from your machine. Your Document folder won’t be affected, so you won’t lose any of your work.

Choosing the right removal method

Although it’s a pain to find out you can’t delete an app you want to, we’ve covered the recommended steps to take if you encounter this problem with Office 365. Manually removing Office 365 can take a long time to do correctly, and it’s hard to know which file or folder belongs with which app, so it’s not the best method.  


To quickly and easily remove Microsoft Office 365 on your Mac, MacKeeper is a solution you can rely on. Not only does its Smart Uninstaller simplify the experience of deleting apps, it’ll delete leftover files as well—perfect for fully removing programs like Office 365.

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