Completely Uninstall Office 2016 for Mac

Important:

To completely uninstall Office 2016 for Mac you must remove the applications, supporting files, and keychain entries, plus any icons you’ve added to the Dock. Once you’ve removed everything, empty the Trash and restart your Mac to complete the process.

You must be signed in as an administrator or provide an administrator name and password to complete these steps.

There are several things to remove. This article steps you through each one.

Step 1: Remove Office 2016 for Mac applications

  • Open Finder and click Applications.
  • Command ⌘+click to select all of the Office 2016 for Mac applications.
  • right-click the applications you selected and click Move to Trash.

Step 2: Remove supporting files

The supporting files you need to remove are in the Library and User folders.

Remove files from the Library folder

  1. Open Finder, click GoComputer, and then click View as Columns.
  2. Go to Macintosh HDLibraryLaunchDaemons.
  3. In the LaunchDaemons folder, right-click each of these files if present, and then click Move to Trash.
    • com.microsoft.office.licensingV2.helper.plist (if present)
    • com.microsoft.autoupdate.helper.plist (if present)
  4. Go to LibraryPrivilegedHelperTools, right-click each of these files if present, and then click Move to Trash.
    • com.microsoft.office.licensingV2.helper (if present)
    • com.microsoft.autoupdate.helper (if present)
  5. Go to LibraryPreferences and right-click this file if present, and then click Move to Trash.
    • com.microsoft.office.licensingV2.plist (if present)

Remove files from your user Library folder

To remove files from your user Library folder, you’ll need to first set the Finder View options.

  1. In Finder, press ⌘+Shift+h.
  2. On the Finder menu, click View as ListViewShow View Options.
  3. In the View Options dialog box, select Show Library Folder.
  4. Switch back to Column view (⌘+3) and click LibraryContainers and right-click each of these folders if present, and then click Move to Trash.
    • com.microsoft.errorreporting
    • com.microsoft.Excel
    • com.microsoft.netlib.shipassertprocess
    • com.microsoft.Office365ServiceV2
    • com.microsoft.Outlook
    • com.microsoft.Powerpoint
    • com.microsoft.RMS-XPCService
    • com.microsoft.Word
    • com.microsoft.onenote.mac
  5. Switch back to Column view (⌘+3) and click LibraryGroup Containers and right-click each of these folders if present, and then click Move to Trash.
    • UBF8T346G9.ms
    • UBF8T346G9.Office
    • UBF8T346G9.OfficeOsfWebHost

Step 3: Remove Keychain Entries

  1. Open FinderApplicationsUtilitiesKeychain Access and remove the following password entries:
    • Microsoft Office Identities Cache 2
    • Microsoft Office Identities Settings 2
  2. Search for all occurrences of ADAL in the keychain and remove all those entries if present.

Step 4: Remove Office 2016 for Mac icons from the Dock

If you added Office icons to the Dock they may turn into question marks after you uninstall Office 2016 for Mac. To remove these icons, right click the icon and click OptionsRemove from Dock.

Step 5: Restart your computer

When you’ve removed all the files listed in this section, empty the Trash and restart your computer.

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