Getting rid of Office

How to uninstall Office 2021 or Microsoft 365 on Windows 11

Here are the steps to completely remove Microsoft Office on Windows 11 to reinstall it to fix problems or get rid of it for good.

Uninstall Office 2021 (365)

On Windows 11, you may have many reasons to uninstall Microsoft Office. For example, when you need to fix problems and need to reinstall the apps. You have to free up a license on your Microsoft 365 account (formerly Office 365) to install the suite of apps on another computer. You are preparing to decommission a laptop. You are switching versions of Office or don’t like the product anymore and want to uninstall it completely.

Regardless of the reason, on Windows 11 or Windows 10, you have a couple of options to uninstall virtually any version of Microsoft Office using the Settings app or the Recovery Assistant tool.

This guide will teach you the steps to uninstall Office on Windows 11 installation, including Office from Microsoft 365, Office 2021, Office 2019, or an older version.

Uninstall Office apps via Settings on Windows 11

To uninstall Office from Windows through the Settings app, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click the Apps & features page on the right side.

  4. Select the Microsoft Office 365 item or the name of the product installed on your computer, like “Microsoft Office 365 Home,” “Office Home & Student 2021,” “Office Home & Business 2021,” or “Office Home Professional 2021.”

  5. Click the menu button from the right side and select the Uninstall button.

    Uninstall Office 2021 on Windows 11

  6. Click the Uninstall button again.

  7. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the version of Microsoft Office will be removed from your computer. If you are on Windows 10, the steps are virtually the same.

Completely uninstall Office apps via Recovery Assistant on Windows 11

Alternatively, you can also download the Recovery Assistant tool to quickly uninstall Office 2021, Office 2019, Microsoft 365, and previous versions of the suite of apps completely from your device.

To use the “Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant” tool to remove Office from Windows 11 (or 10), use these steps:

  1. Download Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant tool.

  2. Double-click the executable to launch the setup.

  3. Click the Install button.

    Office recovery assistant tool

  4. Click the Agree button to confirm the terms.

  5. Select the version of the product – for example, Office 2021, 2019, or 365.

    Uninstall Office 2021 or 365

  6. Click the Next button.

  7. Confirm the Office uninstall by checking the option that you have saved your work.

  8. Click the Next button.

  9. Click the Restart button.

After you complete the steps, Office 2021 or the version of Office with a Microsoft 365 subscription will be removed from the desktop or laptop.

It is important to note that it’s not possible to uninstall individual apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) when using a Microsoft 365 subscription. However, the option is still available for the standalone version of the suite.

You can now move on or download and reinstall apps by downloading the installer from your Office account or manually using the standalone installation of Office 2021.