Getting Started

How to access Office 365 - Students

How to access Office 365 - Faculty & Staff


Naomi Johnston

Office Home Page

office 365 home page screen shot
Office Home Page

Office Home Page Functions

  • Links to common Office apps like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are arranged vertically on the left.
    • These links can be accessed from any Office 365 app by clicking the 9-tile button in the upper left-hand corner.
  • Office will recommend files in the main section of the page.
  • The bottom of the home page has links to:
    • Recent: files you've edited or created recently
    • Pinned: files you've pinned for easy access
    • Shared with Me: files other users have shared with you
    • Discover: publicly available files in Office 365
  • In the  top menu bar, you can:
    • Use the search bar to look for files or people
    • Use the gear button to adjust settings
    • Use the question mark button to get help on various Office 365 functions
    • Click on your picture to sign out or set up your profile


Overview & Creating Documents

Naming & Saving

Most features and functions of the desktop apps are present in the web app, but they may be arranged a little differently than you are used to.

Name the document by clicking on "Document", "Book", etc. in the header.

Documents will be auto-saved every few seconds, so you don't have to worry about losing work.




New Document

Office 365 Word document

Create a new document

Create a new Word document:
  • From OneDrive, by clicking "New", then choosing "Word Document" from the dropdown
  • From Word, by clicking "New blank document", or whichever style of document you prefer


Click "Document" in the top bar to rename your file.


Your document will auto-save every few seconds. You don't have to do anything. You can hover over the blue bar to see the last time your document was saved.


Depending on the size of your screen, some of the top menus may be hidden. In the example to the left, there is no visible option to change the font or font size, for instance. These hidden menus can be found by clicking the button with three dots (the ellipses menu). Almost all functions from the desktop version of Word should be present in the web app.