Get started with Office Online in Office 365

Microsoft Office Online programs are a part of most Office 365 plans. Office Online programs make it easier for you to work in the cloud because they open Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote in your web browser.

You can view your documents whenever you have an Internet connection, from almost any device:

  • Documents stored in your team sites

  • Attachments in Outlook Web App

  • Meeting notes in Lync Web App

And sharing documents with others in your organization is as simple as sending a link.

When you use the three-dot Open Menu in a SharePoint library, Office Online shows a preview of the document, and provides another Open Menu with commands for viewing and editing the document in your browser.

Preview of an Office doc in a SharePoint library

To get started, upload files or create new files and save in your organization’s libraries.

Basic tasks in Office Online programs

To get started using the Office Online programs, see:

Basic tasks in Word Online
Basic tasks in Excel Online
Basic tasks in PowerPoint Online
Basic tasks in OneNote Online

Note:  Not all Office 365 plans include Office Online. What’s available depends on what’s been configured by the person in charge of Office 365 in your organization.

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