Every premium product that you purchase needs to be registered in order to use it with full functionality. Similar is the case with the Microsoft Office suite, which is an application package consisting of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access etc. When you purchase the Microsoft Office suite, you will be provided with a product key that has to be entered in order to activate the product. Usually, you will get 30 days of time, to use the product key to register the product. By registering the Office suite, Microsoft ensures that you have a genuine copy with you and that this is not pirated. Unless you use the product key to register the product, the software suite will be locked for use. If that happens, you will have to contact the Microsoft support service to unlock it and regain functionality. So what if you lost the product key or misplaced it somewhere? The following Microsoft Help guidelines will help you to find your Microsoft Office suite’s lost product key.
- The easy and simple way to find the Office suite’s product key is to look on its original packaging. The package will have a booklet with an orange sticker on its back. The product key will be imprinted on this sticker. You will see the option to activate the Office suite in the any of Microsoft Office application’s “Options” menu. Click on the “Options” menu and locate the option “Activate Microsoft Office”. Enter the product key when you get the prompt. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the activation process.
- If you don’t find this booklet with the product key, you may use other options, like using keyfinder software. Download the keyfinder software form the internet. Two popular keyfinder software programs are: Magic jellybean, and Keyfinder Pro. You can download this for free, and use it to find the backup copy of the product key from the computer’s registry.
If none of this works for you, feel free to contact the Microsoft Help and Support team and seek assistance from them. You will be asked some security questions and once they are sure that your case in genuine, they will provide you with a replacement key to activate your Microsoft Office suite software package.
You are most likely to find advertisements about getting extra product keys online, but often these can’t be trusted. So don’t go by what you see online; rather adopt trusted methods to get your product key.