Microsoft Office 365 - Introduction, Overview, and Access

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What is Microsoft Office 365?

  • Installed Applications - Microsoft Office 365 for Windows includes the full client versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Access, InfoPath, Publisher, OneNote, OneDrive for Business, and  Skype for Business. Office 365 for Mac includes the full client versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, and Lync. It is available for all employees and current students to install on their personal machines for free. Everyone is allowed five licenses each for personal use. You can deactivate any of the five instances as you wish, and reinstall the software on a different computer as you see fit. Please see the links below for instructions on installing the suite on your personal devices.  At Parkland, Office 2013 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac will be installed on all office computers.  Classrooms, labs, kiosks, and conference rooms will default to whatever MS Office Suite was previously installed. The Outlook Client, OneDrive, and Skype for Business/Lync will not be available in these locations. Employees can use Office Online to bring up their Outlook account in these locations.
  • Office on the Web - Office on the Web is an online version of the Microsoft Office 365 suite which allows you to create and edit files using web-based versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint. Office Online provides "light weight" versions of Microsoft Office, which means that only the most-used features are available. Office on the Web is accessible on both Windows and Mac computers. Files stored in your OneDrive library can be edited using Office on the Web.  Additional features include Outlook on the Web, Calendar, People, Yammer, NewsFeed, OneDrive, Sites, Tasks, Delve, and Video. Office 365 compatibility is typically best with the current or the immediately previous version of Internet Explorer or Firefox, and the latest version of Chrome or Safari. To check to see if your browser is up-to-date, go to https://updatemybrowser.org/. If you are opening Outlook on an outdated browser, it will switch to "Outlook Light" which has limited features. After you update your browser, you may need to turn off the "Outlook Light" settings. Please see Office 365 (Web) - Change Outlook Light to Outlook Web App . You can access Office 365 on the Web from any computer with internet access by going to connect.parkland.edu/office365 and signing in with your ParklandOne credentials. In the section where it says "Collaborate with Office Online", select the application that you are interested in using. If you are working in one app, and want to access a different Microsoft app, simply click on the 2 symbol in the upper left corner and select the appropriate app.  NOTE: When you click on the Email icon on my.parkland.edu, it will take you into the web version of Outlook.
  • Office Mobile - Office 365 can be used on Android devices, iPads, iPhones, and Windows Phone devices. Microsoft Office apps are available for download on Android, iPad, and iPhone devices, but come pre-installed on Windows Phones. The Microsoft Office Mobile app allows you to access, view, and edit your Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on your mobile devices. Please see the links below for instructions on installing the mobile apps.

How Do I Install the Full Microsoft Office 365 Suite?


Office 365 - Outlook App Setup on Android Phones


Where can I get help with Microsoft Office 365?

  • The Parkland College Tech Service Desk - See contact information in the footer below.
  • https://support.office.com/ is a great searchable Microsoft site for all Office 365 related questions. 
  • Excellent instructional videos available through lynda.com. Please see Document 51450 is unavailable at this time.  for instructions on how to set up your free account.

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Tech Service Desk: Contact and Hours

Room A184 * 217-353-3333 * techhelp@parkland.edu * 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th. / 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fridays

Satellite location * Parkland Library * 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. M-Th. / 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Fridays




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Owner:Sara S.Group:Parkland College
Created:2015-06-05 12:05 CSTUpdated:2017-10-23 14:47 CST
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