Get started with Office Online in Office 365

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

Sign in to your organization’s Office 365 site to get started.

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

  • Documents stored in your OneDrive and your team sites

  • Attachments in Outlook Web App

  • Meeting notes in Lync Web App

And sharing documents with others 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, sign in to Office and save your document online. Your organization’s plan gives you libraries for storing your documents, or if you have Office 365 Home, you have personal online storage at

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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