How to Add Microsoft Word to a Dell Computer (4 Steps)

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.

Step 4

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.