How to become Office Insider

How to become Office Insider
Last Updated on 21/05/2023
Reading time: 3 minutes

What is the Insider program?

For all Office 365 users, Microsoft has created the status of Insider.

  • Office Insider attendees gain first-hand access to new features and updates.
  • Access to the dynamic array formulas
  • In addition, you can leave your comments on these developments with developers.

How to access the Insider program

The following procedure is the simplest and most complete. For a long time, becoming an Insider  prevented you from going back to the "standard" version of Excel. But with this method you can switch, at any time between, the different channels 😀

From the File> Account menu, you view the information that is attached to your Microsoft account, like the sync folders of your files.

The 3 standard Office buttons in the menu Account

But you also have the 3 standard buttons that allow you to update Office, to know the version number of your software and also the Office news.

Step 1: Open Regedit

To add the Insider button in your Account section, you must add a registry key to your registry.

To open your registry, simply type Regedit in your windows bar

Open Regedit program

Step 2: Add a new key

There is 2 way to add the Key

Method 1: Create manually the Key

Go to the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\16.0\common

If this folder doesn't exist, just right-click on the key part and select New > Key

Then, create the following key

  • Key Name: insiderslabbehavior
  • Value type : REG_DWORD
  • Value : 1
Add a key in the registery to display the Insider button

Method 2: Shortcut to create the Key

You can create your insider Key directly by command line

  1. In Windows Search type CMD, right-click on "Command Prompt"
  2. Run as Administrator.
  3. Paste the "reg add HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\16.0\common /v insiderslabbehavior /t REG_DWORD /d 1" (without the quotes) into the command prompt and hit enter.
Open the command line CMD
Run Command line as Administrator
Creation of the regkey by command line

AND THAT'S IT!!!! Your key has been created 😃👍👏

Step 3: Restart Office

Close Office and restart it (Maybe 2 times). Now you have the Office Insider button on the File > Account menu

Button Office Insider added

Step 4: Change the Office channel

Then, click on the button Insider> Change level to display the 2 proposed levels

Change the level of your Office Program
  1. Select the channel you want (Current Channel or Beta Channel)
  2. Check all the options
  3. When you click on OK, automatically Office will update
Select the channel you want

Step 5: Difference between the 2 programs

Current Channel

This channel is the stable version of Office but the update occurs only 2 times a year. It could be a problem if you want to use the latest tool (like Data Type) or the latest functions (like LAMBDA)

Beta Channel

This is the former Insider Channel.

When you select this channel, your Excel version will load the latest features. It's very rare that the new features are bugged but it's possible.

4 Comments

  1. JT
    13/10/2022 @ 09:33

    Upto step 2 it worked.
    but in step 3 it is not showing office insider in the account.. evenafter restarting it multiple times.

    Reply

    • Frédéric LE GUEN
      18/10/2022 @ 16:21

      Weird! It always worked

      Reply

    • Rod
      07/09/2023 @ 09:49

      I just tried and it worked fine. Using the method 1. After that I've checked and the new key was there. Thanks, FRÉDÉRIC

      Reply

      • Frédéric LE GUEN
        07/09/2023 @ 12:33

        Thanks a lot for your message Rod 🙂

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How to become Office Insider

Reading time: 3 minutes
Last Updated on 21/05/2023

What is the Insider program?

For all Office 365 users, Microsoft has created the status of Insider.

  • Office Insider attendees gain first-hand access to new features and updates.
  • Access to the dynamic array formulas
  • In addition, you can leave your comments on these developments with developers.

How to access the Insider program

The following procedure is the simplest and most complete. For a long time, becoming an Insider  prevented you from going back to the "standard" version of Excel. But with this method you can switch, at any time between, the different channels 😀

From the File> Account menu, you view the information that is attached to your Microsoft account, like the sync folders of your files.

The 3 standard Office buttons in the menu Account

But you also have the 3 standard buttons that allow you to update Office, to know the version number of your software and also the Office news.

Step 1: Open Regedit

To add the Insider button in your Account section, you must add a registry key to your registry.

To open your registry, simply type Regedit in your windows bar

Open Regedit program

Step 2: Add a new key

There is 2 way to add the Key

Method 1: Create manually the Key

Go to the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\16.0\common

If this folder doesn't exist, just right-click on the key part and select New > Key

Then, create the following key

  • Key Name: insiderslabbehavior
  • Value type : REG_DWORD
  • Value : 1
Add a key in the registery to display the Insider button

Method 2: Shortcut to create the Key

You can create your insider Key directly by command line

  1. In Windows Search type CMD, right-click on "Command Prompt"
  2. Run as Administrator.
  3. Paste the "reg add HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\16.0\common /v insiderslabbehavior /t REG_DWORD /d 1" (without the quotes) into the command prompt and hit enter.
Open the command line CMD
Run Command line as Administrator
Creation of the regkey by command line

AND THAT'S IT!!!! Your key has been created 😃👍👏

Step 3: Restart Office

Close Office and restart it (Maybe 2 times). Now you have the Office Insider button on the File > Account menu

Button Office Insider added

Step 4: Change the Office channel

Then, click on the button Insider> Change level to display the 2 proposed levels

Change the level of your Office Program
  1. Select the channel you want (Current Channel or Beta Channel)
  2. Check all the options
  3. When you click on OK, automatically Office will update
Select the channel you want

Step 5: Difference between the 2 programs

Current Channel

This channel is the stable version of Office but the update occurs only 2 times a year. It could be a problem if you want to use the latest tool (like Data Type) or the latest functions (like LAMBDA)

Beta Channel

This is the former Insider Channel.

When you select this channel, your Excel version will load the latest features. It's very rare that the new features are bugged but it's possible.

4 Comments

  1. JT
    13/10/2022 @ 09:33

    Upto step 2 it worked.
    but in step 3 it is not showing office insider in the account.. evenafter restarting it multiple times.

    Reply

    • Frédéric LE GUEN
      18/10/2022 @ 16:21

      Weird! It always worked

      Reply

    • Rod
      07/09/2023 @ 09:49

      I just tried and it worked fine. Using the method 1. After that I've checked and the new key was there. Thanks, FRÉDÉRIC

      Reply

      • Frédéric LE GUEN
        07/09/2023 @ 12:33

        Thanks a lot for your message Rod 🙂

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