Unable to update Excel channel on Mac

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I'm trying to update the channel so I have access to functions like UNIQUE; however, the latest version of Excel for Mac does not have the option to join Office Insider. Here are the instructions and a screenshot of the Help menu where the option to check for updates should be.


  1. Open any Office app, like Word or Excel, and then click Help > Check for Updates > Advanced.
  2. In the Preferences dialog box, click the Update Channel down arrow, and click Current Channel (Preview) or Beta Channel.
    (from https://insider.office.com/en-us/join/mac)


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There is a back way around it which was not clear - for anyone experiencing the same issue, first go Here and use the Msoft auto update tool. Then it will ask you give you the option to select 'Advanced' and choose the channel you want