Learn your way around Office 365

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What is Office 365?

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How do I get around in Office 365?

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How do I get Office apps?

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What about email?

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What if I need help?

If you're brand new to Office 365, you might be wondering what it is and how it works. Or maybe you're wondering what to do after you've signed up, signed in, and installed Office on your devices. Whatever the case, we're here to help! Use this article to learn your way around Office 365.

What is Office 365?

In a nutshell, Office 365 is a collection of apps and cloud services that you can use to be productive across a variety of devices from just about anywhere. Several different subscriptions are available to suit different needs. For example, some subscriptions are for business use, and others for home use. Most include the latest release of Office that you can install on your Windows and Mac computers and a variety of mobile devices. All plans include online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

See Get started at Office.com to learn how to work with Office Online

Office 365 includes a full range of apps and services

Want to learn more?

Office 365 for business

Office 365 for home or education

See Get started with Office 365 for business to learn how to sign in and get started

See Select a plan (Office 365 for business) for an overview of Office 365 for business

See Choose your Office for an overview of Office 365 for home or personal use

See Office in education for an overview of Office 365 for students and educational institutions

How do I get around in Office 365?

One good way to navigate around in Office 365 is by using the app launcher.

  1. Sign in to Office 365. (If you need help with this, see Where to sign in to Office 365)

  2. Click (or tap) the app launcher in the upper-left corner of your browser window, and then choose a tile.

    The tiles you see in your app launcher depend on your Office 365 subscription. For more details, see Meet the Office 365 app launcher.

    If you're a business user...

    If you're a home user...

    Your app launcher probably looks like this:

    The app launcher for most business users looks something like this

    Your app launcher probably looks like this:

    Most home users have an app launcher that looks like this

How do I get Office apps?

See Office 365 install and setup - Help for step-by-step instructions on installing the Office apps.

After you've installed Office, you'll want to make sure you know where your apps are so you can open them quickly and easily.

For this device

Do this

Windows computer

See Can't find Office applications in Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7?

Mac computer

If you're using Office 2016 for Mac, see Add the Office for Mac app icons to the Dock.

If you're using Office for Mac 2011, look for icons, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, on the Dock.

iOS device (iPhone or iPad)

On your iPhone or iPad, look for the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel tiles. For more information, see Office 365 iOS device - iPhone or iPad setup.

Android device (phone or tablet)

On your Android phone or tablet, look for the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel tiles. For more information, see Office 365 Android phone or tablet setup.

Windows Phone

On your Windows Phone 8, open your Office app. For more information, see Office 365 Windows Phone or Windows 10 device setup.

Tip: Take your Office apps for a test drive! Try Office 365 scenario-based training.   

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What about email?

Here are some resources to help you get your Office 365 email on your devices.

To do this

See this article

View your Office 365 email (and calendar) in a browser window

Sign in to Outlook on the Web

View your Office 365 email (and calendar) in Outlook installed on your computer

Set up email in Outlook 2013 or 2010 for Office 365 (for Windows)

Set up email in Outlook 2016 for Mac

View your Office 365 email on a mobile device

Set up a mobile device using Office 365 for business

What if I need help?

Visit the Office Training Center for help and training. If something goes wrong and you need assistance, use the links below.

If you're using Office 365 at home...

If you're using Office 365 for work or school...

Troubleshoot installing Office 365

Contact Office Support

Troubleshoot installing Office with Office 365

Contact Office 365 for business support

Set up Office 365 for business - Admin Help

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