Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise - Your Account Doesn't Allow Editing on a Mac


In some cases when using Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise on a macOS system the software may display the following error message:

Your account doesn't allow editing on a mac. To learn more, contact your Admin about your office plan.

This is usually caused by the software's inability to detect the correct licenses, or there are corrupt files in your Mac's Library folder, either of which stops an individual from being able to edit their documents.

This can usually be resolved via one of several options documented below provided in the recommend order of troubleshooting.

Mac desktop and laptop systems owned by the University of Alaska may have a volume-license edition of Microsoft Office, and not Microsoft 365 apps for Enterprise installed. Please note the directions below are for individuals that have downloaded Office from Office 365, and are not intended for the volume-licensed edition.


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How do I use this technology?

Before trying any of the methods below, first verify your account has been assigned an Microsoft 365 apps for Enterprise license

  1. Login to Office 365 portal.
  2. Click Account Manager.

    Office 365 portal account manager button highlighted
  3. Click View Account.

    Office 365 portal view account button highlighted
  4. Click Subscriptions.

    Office 365 portal account subscriptions button highlighted
  5. Under the Licenses section, make sure The latest desktop version of Office is listed.

    Office 365 account subscription latest desktop version of office license highlighted

If you have been assigned a license that includes the desktop version of Office, follow the steps below to see if the issue can be fixed. If you do not have the desktop Office license, submit a support request using the appropriate Office 365 @ UA form.


Method 1: Signout and Signin to your Office 365 @ UA account

  1. Open a Microsoft Office application (e.g. Microsoft Word).
  2. From the menu bar click the application name (e.g. Word, Excel, etc.)

    Microsoft Word menu highlighted in macOS menu bar
  3. Click Sign Out.

    macOS Microsoft Word Sign Out button highlighted

  4. At the Are you sure you want to sign out of this account: prompt click Sign out.

    macOS Microsoft Word sign out confirmation dialog
  5. Quit all Microsoft Office applications.
  6. Open a Microsoft application (e.g. Microsoft Word).
  7. In the Home dialog window click Sign in.

    macOS Microsoft Word Sign in button highlighted
    1. Enter your UA Email address, and click Next.

      Office 365 sign in dialog window username prompt
    2. At the Enter password prompt enter your UA password, and click Sign in.

      Office 365 Sign in dialog password prompt screen
  8. Open an existing document, or create a new one.
  9. Verify that the error message is no longer present, and you are now able to edit documents.


Method 2: Clear Microsoft application cache files

  1. Make sure your Mac is connected to the Internet.
  2. Sign out of Office (see steps documented in Method 1 above).
  3. Quit all Office applications.
  4. In the macOS finder hold down the Option key on the keyboard and click the Go menu.

    macOS Finder Go menu highlighted
  5. Click Library.

    macOS Finder Go menu with Library folder highlighted
  6. The Library folder for the current signed in person (i.e. ~/Library) will open.
  7. Open the Group Containers folder.

    macOS Finder window displaying the Group Containers folder within the user Library folder
  8. Right-click (or Control-click) the following folders, if present, and select Move to Trash.
    Deleting the UBF8T346G9.Office folder will delete your Outlook data too if you use Microsoft Outlook to manage your email. It is recommend that you backup your data before proceeding.
    • UBF8T346G9.Office
    • UBF8T346G9.OfficeOsfWebHost

    macOS Finder Group Containers folder with Office folders highlighted to be deleted
  9. Empty the macOS Trash.
  10. Open an Office application (e.g. Microsoft Word), and signin with your UA account.
  11. Verify that the error message is no longer present, and you are now able to edit documents.

If Office is still displaying the same message, try the steps below.

Method 3: Clear Microsoft application passwords from macOS Keychain

  1. In the macOS Finder open the Applications folder.
  2. Open the Utilities folder.

    macOS Utilities folder highlighted
  3. Double-click Keychain Access.

    macOS Keychain Access application highlighted
  4. From your account's Login keychain delete the following application password and ADAL entries, if present.
    There may be more, or less, Microsoft related entries within the Login keychain. Only those in the table below should be deleted as part of this troubleshooting effort.
    Login Keychain Office Entries to Delete
    Name Kind application password application password
    Microsoft Office Credentials MicrosoftOffice15_2_Data:ADAL:******
    Microsoft Office Identities Cache 2  
    Microsoft Office Identities Settings 2  

    macOS Keychain Access Microsoft application passwords highlighted
  5. Quit Keychain Access.
  6. Logout of your Mac, and login again.
    • Alternatively, restart your computer.
  7. Open an Office application (e.g. Microsoft Word), and signin with your UA account.
  8. Verify that the error message is no longer present, and you are now able to edit documents.


Method 4: Uninstall and Re-install Office

A final choice would be to fully uninstall Microsoft Office, deleting associated cache files, then downloading the latest version of Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise installer and re-installing Office onto your Mac; however, typically this issue is resolved with one of the methods documented above.

Need additional help or have issues

For support, requests may be submitted anytime using the appropriate Office 365 @ UA form. Requests generate a Ticket which will be worked in order received and urgency by IT Employees with the knowledge and permissions to assist with the request.

For immediate assistance please review the Contact IT page for the appropriate support group.


Article ID: 798
Thu 3/17/22 7:49 AM
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