Activating Office 365 on Virtual Sites


Microsoft Office 365 applications on University of Michigan Virtual Sites


Current faculty, staff, and students may use any Office 365 application (Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word) on Virtual Sites. Using Office 365 applications on Virtual Sites requires that you activate one of the Office applications before the software can be used. If Office 365 is not activated, the only application features you may use are viewing and printing of documents.


  1. Launch an Office application such as Microsoft Excel. At launch, a window with the text, "Sign in to set up Office" should appear.
  2. Click the Sign in button. A window with the text, "Activate Office" should appear.
  3. In the Activate Office window, enter your email address in the form of and click Next.
  4. When prompted, enter your U-M password and click Sign in.
  5. You may be prompted by DUO for multi-factor authentication. Follow the prompts from DUO on your mobile device to complete the sign-in process for Microsoft 365.
  6. After successful authentication, Office will be activated.

Additional Information

Office activation must be completed for each Virtual Sites session in which you wish to use Office 365 applications.

Activation of one Office application (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc....) on a Virtual Sites session will activate the other Office applications for that session.

Alumni, retirees, and temporary staff may not be licensed to use Office 365 on Virtual Sites. For unlicensed users, the activation will fail.



Article ID: 3595
Wed 9/2/20 1:55 PM
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