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Resetting your Office 365 password

Posted by Aaron Nettles on January 3, 2020

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This article is intended for use by Office 365 users.   If you are an Office 365 user and you've forgotten your Office 365 password then you must seek assistance to have your password reset. This short article explains the steps to take to gain assistance and reset your Office 365 password.Note:
The following Office 365 users are exceptions to the general rule and can reset their own Office 365 password:
Office 365 users with administrator privileges.
Office 365 users with "self-service password reset" previously enabled by an administrator.

Resetting your Office 365 password

From the Office 365 sign in page at www.microsoftonline.com.


365 sign in1

If you attempt to sign in and fail, then you will receive a similar message to the following.

365 login failed1


1. Check your username and password and attempt to sign in again if either were entered incorrectly the first time.

If you are confident that your user ID is correct, but unsure of your password, then proceed as follows.

2. Click, Can't access your account?

The Reset your password page appears.

365 reset your password


3. In the top text box, ensure that your User ID is correct.

4. In the bottom text box, type the characters seen in the picture (or the words heard in the audio).

5. Click Next.

If your Office 365 administrator has not previously enabled your account for "self-service password reset" then your password can only be reset by your Office 365 administrator.

The following message appears.


6. Click, contact an administrator.

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