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How to Use Microsoft Office for Free

How to Use Microsoft Office for Free

When it comes to Office software many will argue that Microsoft Office is the best but for many, the cost is too expensive. There are worthy alternatives that I have recommended in other articles but they just don't quite match up with the features found in the Microsoft Office suite. So I've come up with 5 ways that you can use Microsoft Office for free without having to go to an untrustworthy site.

5 Ways You Can Use Microsoft Office for Free

1. Get Office Online

Microsoft offers several of its Office products online that you can use right inside of your favorite browser. What is great is that they're all completely free. What's included in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Onedrive, and a few others. Office Online does lack some of the advanced features that are found in the paid version of Office but most people won't notice those features are missing.

The most popular of all these is Word Online and when you open it up you'll see several template options or you could create a new blank document. You'll notice that the ribbon at the top is very similar to that of the desktop version of Microsoft Office along with the different tab options. When you go to file you still have the option to save as print and share.

What Excel Online look like and online version of PowerPoint let me know in the comments. Office Online has great compatibility with the paid version of Microsoft Office and can be used on any Windows PC. In addition, it can be used on any system running Linux Chromebook or Mac.

2. Office 365 trial

The second method is to get the Office trial which will give you Office for free for 30 days. This is the full version with all the features and software included. You can install it on up to five PCs or Macs and includes one terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage. You also get all the collaboration features that will sync to mobile devices too.

You'll have to provide a debit or credit card while signing up for the trial and your card will be charged when the trial ends. So don't forget to cancel before that happens. Even though you get Microsoft Office for just 30 days it gives you the opportunity to take it for a test drive before you purchase it.

3. Office ProPlus Trial

After your Office trial has expired I would recommend signing up for the Office 365 ProPlus evaluation which will give you an additional 30 days to try out Office once again. This is the full version of Office. On this trial, you can have up to 25 users with installation on up to 5 computers per user before downloading. You will have to register first to begin the evaluation. So doing the Office ProPlus trial in combination with the Office trial will give you nearly 2 months of Microsoft Office for free.

4. Mobile apps

Microsoft also has mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows to be able to use Office on your phone or tablet for free. Since very few of you out there have a Windows Phone I'll speak specifically about the Android and iOS mobile apps. If you're on Android downloading the mobile apps for Microsoft Office can be complicated.

If you're running Android or older you only need to download the Microsoft Office mobile app to access the entire suite of the Office mobile apps. If you're on Android Post 4.4 you should download the new individual app separately.

For iOS users.

Things are not so complicated. The office never had a bundled app for older devices so all you have to do is install the individual apps just like Office Online which I mentioned earlier for PC browsers. These apps are completely free but do lack certain features most people will not miss.

5. Office 365 for education

If you are a student or a teacher you'll want to find out if you're eligible to get Office 365 for free. This is not a trial. You get access to the entire Office suite for as long as you're enrolled or employed at a qualified school, College, or University.

Here are some of the eligibility requirements:-

  • You must be a full or part-time faculty or staff member or a student at an academic institution and have an email address issued by your school.
  • You must be at least 30 years old and of course, have Internet access. 
  • Every school does not participate. They would have had to have purchased an Office license for the entire school. To see if you're eligible, put your school email address on this page and then Select Get Off is for free.
  • If eligible Microsoft will send you an email letting you know that you qualify. If not they'll let you know that too.

If you don't qualify you may want to check out Office Online which I mentioned earlier that concludes this article. if it is useful for you give it a share and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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