In this video, learn about what Microsoft Word Online is all about, what it is, what it can be used for, and what types of Microsoft subscriptions get access to it.
- [Instructor] So what exactly is Word Online and who gets it? That's what we're going to explore in this movie. First off, you need to know that Word Online is free and it's part of Office Online that includes more than just Word. The online part should tell you it's web-based. In other words, you don't need to install anything on your computer. You use Office Online specifically for this course, Word Online, right from within your browser and since it runs in your browser, this means you can be working on a Windows PC, a Linux PC, even a Mac running Word Online from a variety of browsers that don't need any special plugins or extensions to work.
So you can access Word Online from Internet Explorer, from Edge, Safari, Firefox, Chrome and so on. When you open a browser and navigate to Word Online, you'll be prompted to sign in. So if you don't already have some kind of Microsoft account like an Outlook.com account, Windows Live account, even an old Hotmail account, you can create one on the fly. It also works with your Office 365 account if you have one. It can be a personal account or even a paid subscription through a company account.
However you decide to log in, you'll be working with the online version of Word in the end which has differences from the desktop version of Word. We'll be covering these differences as we move through the chapters and movies in this course. One major difference is that your files are saved to the cloud, specifically OneDrive, formerly known as SkyDrive. Every Microsoft account gets some free storage and when you run out, you can choose to pay for more. And if you want a copy of your online documents stored on your computer, you can use OneDrive integration with Windows or a desktop version of OneDrive to get them there.
So that's a quick overview of Word Online. The differences from the desktop version will become clear as we continue beginning with the creation of a new document that's coming up next.
Note: This course is for users who know the basics of the Word desktop app, but are new to the web browser version, Word Online. It emphasizes features that work differently in Word Online. For basic Word guidance, please see Word Essential Training (Office 365) or Learning Word 2019.
- Saving documents in Word Online
- Opening and editing documents
- Formatting text
- Adding graphics and tables
- Sharing and printing documents