How to Add Microsoft Word to a Dell Computer

by Ty Arthur

A word processing program is an essential tool for any computer user, whether you need to write papers for a class or put together documents for work. If your Dell computer didn't come with Microsoft Word, you may want to install the software manually. Whether you are adding Microsoft Word version 2007 or 2010 to your Dell, the process only requires following a series of prompts through short installation procedure.

Step 1

Insert the Microsoft Word installation disc into your Dell computer's optical drive. If the installation prompt does not automatically load on your screen, click "Start" and "Computer." Double-click the icon for your optical drive and click "Setup.exe."

Step 2

Click "Continue" twice in a row. Type the product key in the "Enter Your Product Key" text box. The key is found inside the packaging included with the installation disc, or it will have been emailed to you instead if you downloaded the Word installation file from Microsoft. Click "Continue" again.

Step 3

Scroll through the end user license agreement text and click the "I Agree" box at the bottom of the window. Click "Continue." Click the gray "Install Now" button at the center of the screen.

Wait for the installation process to completely finish and click the "Close" button. Open the "Start" menu and click "All Programs" and "Microsoft Office." Click "Microsoft Word" to open the program.


  • Microsoft Word is available for purchase as a hard copy at office supply stores or as a digital download directly through Microsoft's Web page.
  • Microsoft also offers a trial version of Word with limited functionality that is available for your Dell computer. Navigate to the Microsoft Word Web page and click the "Download the Trial" link at the center of the page. Click "Try it Free" and follow the on-screen directions to download and install the trial.


About the Author

Ty Arthur has been writing technical and entertainment-related articles for a variety of online sources since 2008. His articles have appeared on and many other websites. Arthur attended the Great Falls College of Technology and studied both computer science and creative writing.

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