How to Find Office 2016/2013 Product Key

Office 2013/2016 Product Key is an alphanumeric sequence used as an identifier to authenticate the copy of the software to you. In case you do not know the Office 2013/2016 product key used on your computer — you can sign in via the Microsoft Account again. But many times, users do not link their Office 2013/2016 product key with Microsoft Account (one-time purchases), thus making the whole method fruitless. Nonetheless, there are other ways to find Office 2016/2013 Product keys.

How to Find Office 2016/2013 Product Key

Read on to learn how to find Office Product keys. The guide includes three ways to find the Office 2016/2013 keys: one being the Registry. The other is via Command Prompt. And the third but most simplistic — using the best third-party Product Key Finder.

Method 1. Find Office 2016/2013 Product Key in Registry

Microsoft maintains a Registry that contains the database of all the settings and apps installed on the computer. So you can find the Office 2016/2013 product key from there — however, the Product key will be in binary as Microsoft uses a one-way hash function to encrypt all the Value Data stored in the registry. Here’s how to find Office 2013/2016 Product Key in Registry:

Step 1. Type in Regedit.exe in the search bar and click on the top result in the Best Match.

Step 2. Copy and paste the following string the Registry address bar

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

Step 3. In the right pane, you will see DigitalProductID — click on it. That is where Windows stores all the Product keys. However, as mentioned, the keys will be in Binary format, and thus, unreadable. But you can take the help of the VBScript to find the Product Keys stored in the registry.

Windows Registry highlighting the binary format of the saved digital product key

Find Office Product Key 2016 or 2013 Product Keys via VBScript to read the Product Keys stored in the Windows Registry:

Step 1. Open Notepad.

Step 2. Copy and paste the following code in Notepad:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))

Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
Do
Cur = 0
x = 14
Do
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function

Step 3. Go to File.

Step 4. Select Save As.

Step 5. In the pop-up box, type the name of the file as officeproductkey.vbs

Step 6. And select ‘All Files’ in the Save as type: box.

Save as pop-up of the Notepad highlighting the options to create VBScript of Office 2013/2016 product keys

Once saved. Go to the saved destination and double-click on the app to view the installed Office keys.

Method 2. Find Office 2016/2013 Product Key Using Command Prompt

Command Prompt often has the answer for everything. But in this case, even the versatile command prompt can only give you a partial answer. That is to say, it can only find you the last five digits of the Office 2013/2016 product key. Still, you can match those five digits with the product’s keys (if you have a list of product keys stored somewhere) and see which one you’ve used.

Follow these simple steps to find Office 2016/2013 Product key using the Command Prompt:

Step 1. Open an elevated Command Prompt. To do that, search for Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.

Step 2. Type in one of the following commands depending on the Windows and Office version:

Find Office 2016 Product Key via Command Prompt

For 32-bit Office and 32-bit Windows:

cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus

For 32-bit Office and 64-bit Windows:

cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus

For 64-bit Office and 64-bit Windows:

cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus

And press Enter the last five-digits of Office 2016 product key.

Find Office 2013 Product Key via Command Prompt

For 32-bit Office and 32-bit Windows:

cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office13\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus

For 32-bit Office and 64-bit Windows:

cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office13\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus

For 64-bit Office and 64-bit Windows:

cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office13\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus

And press Enter the last five-digits of Office 2013 product key.

Command Prompt hiding the found Office 2016/2013 Product Key

There you go! It is simple, but will be useless for the users who cannot compare the last five-digits of the product keys, meaning this method works when you have a bunch of product keys, but not sure which one you’ve used.

Method 3. Find Office 2016/2013 Product Key Using A Office 2016 Product Key Recovery

The most straightforward way to find the Office 2013/2016 Product key is via a third-party Product Key Finder. And while there are tons of Product Key recovery tools in the market, not all reliable and efficient. You will have to choose only the best ones like iSunshare Product Key Finder.

Supporting all versions of Windows (and both 32-bit and 64-bit) plus the Office 2013/2016 — it does not require any complicated steps like the command prompt and yields results quickly.

Follow these simple steps to find Office 2016/2013 Product Key using iSunshare’s Product Key Finder:

Step 1. Download and Install iSunshare Product Key Finder.

Open the program after installing it on the computer on which Office 2013/2016 is running.

Step 2. Click on Start Recovery from the main interface (first option at the bottom panel).

iSunshare interface highlighting the Start Recovery option to find the Office 2013/2016 Product key

Step 3. The program will scan and find the recovery keys of Office 2013/2016 and will show you on the interface.

Select Save to make a .TXT file on the computer containing the Office 2013/2016 Product Keys.

iSunshare interface highlighting the Save to File option to save the recovered Office 2013/2016 product key

There you go! It is as simple as that with iSunshare Product Key Finder. Moreover, not only the Office 2013/2016 (32-bit or 64-bit), it can also find other product keys of Windows, IE, Photoshop/Dreamweaver CS6, SQL, and more!

FAQs About Office 2016/2013 Product Key

1. How can I find my Office 2016/2013 product key from the Microsoft Account page?

  • For one-time purchases, you visit the Microsoft Account. Go to Services & Subscription page and select View product key.
  • For Home and Student versions, download the software and sign-in via the Microsoft Account.

2. How can I change my Office 2016 product key?

  • Open any Office application like Word, Powerpoint on the computer.
  • Click on File.
  • Select Account.
  • Under Product Information, choose Change License (update the Office app if you do not see the option).
  • If you are already signed in — choose Use a different Account and select Enter product key instead. If you are not signed in, directly select Enter product key instead.
  • Enter the product key in the pop-up, and choose Install this product instead.
  • Office will begin the update process as soon as you click OK.

Conclusion

Yes, the Windows Registry and Command Prompt, though useful in many cases, take a hit when it comes to finding the Office 2016/2013 Product Keys. As indicated, they are only partially useful. On the flip side, the best third-party tools like iSunshare Product Key Finder can locate the key within seconds after installation. So we recommend you to install iSunshare and find the Office 2016/2013 product key instantly.

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