Office Online introduction

An Excel spreadsheet of world population is depicted in Firefox running in Manjaro on a Pinebook Pro. Microsoft Office Online
applications can be used in any Web browser on any operating system.

For close to a decade now, the most famous office suite in the world has been accessible to computer users who don’t have a Mac or Windows PC. They can create Word documents and edit Excel spreadsheets through their Web browsers on a Chromebook or computer running Ubuntu or another Linux distro.

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The online suite has a version that is free of charge, but users gain more storage space and features when they have a subscription. They can either pay for a personal or family 365 account, or the company they work for may have set up an account that they have access to.

In all three situations, the Office Online suite gives them access to the most used office applications without forcing them to use Windows or Mac. Freedom of choice and flexibility is why OS-College is covering this suite.

The online version may not have all the capabilities that the Windows and Mac versions have, but it allows users to work from almost anywhere and use almost any device.

The Web pages and videos in this section of OS-College’s Website are about the different applications and document managers that compose the office suite. Currently, not all the applications are covered. The focus will be on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the document managers.


The three applications that OS-College focuses on are a lot like their Windows counterparts. They have many of the same features that are organized into the same ribbons. Web pages and videos on this Website are organized based on these applications, unless there is a feature that applies to more than one of them.

The OneDrive document manager covers the Web interface and various desktop applications that sync documents with the user’s Microsoft account.

The Website also has some pages and videos about other applications in the suite. They are included in the General section.


Creating a new document and opening a document are examples of topics covered in this section. These are the types of functions that can be performed in any of the applications and document managers. Sharing documents and collaborating are other topics covered here.

The section also will have videos, articles, and Web pages about the Home document manager that can be accessed by visiting . This manager lists recent Microsoft Office documents created or opened by the user. It does not list documents that are not in Office formats, such as OpenDocument Text documents.


Word online

Features and functions that can be performed in the word processor are demonstrated in these videos and Web pages. The section will mostly cover items that come after the Home ribbon, but some of the Home ribbon items are unique to Word.

The Word document manager allows users to focus on their Word documents. Videos and Web pages in this section will show this manager.

Excel online

The online version of the popular spreadsheet application can perform many of the same functions as its Windows counterpart, and it also has many of the same data organizing and crunching capabilities. The Web pages and videos in this section demonstrate those as well as other unique features.

Excel’s document manager is like the one for Word, but it contains a user’s workbooks rather than text documents. It will be displayed in this section.

This Website also covers formulas that are available in different spreadsheet applications.

Powerpoint online

The online version of this application has many interesting templates and designs available to all users, regardless of the operating system or Web browser that they are using. Videos and Web pages in this part of the Website show these templates, as well as the features and functions online users have.

Like the other two applications, PowerPoint Online has a document manager that lists recently created presentations in the PowerPoint document format. The features of the manager are covered in this section.


This is the central interface for all documents a user stores in his or her user Microsoft account. It is the equivalent of Google Drive or Dropbox. Users can not only access the Microsoft format documents that they can access in other document managers, but they also can access images, videos, and any other type of document stored in their accounts.

This section’s videos and Web pages cover OneDrive’s features and capabilities.

Overview video

Word links

Excel links

Powerpoint links