How to use Microsoft Office for free

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I’ve mentioned before that you can use Microsoft Office for free online but it never hurts to revisit that tip. Microsoft Office isn’t cheap, it costs nearly $200 as a standalone one-install product or a $100 a year in subscription form as Microsoft 365.

However, if you don’t mind using it online, you can use it for free. All you need is a browser and an Internet connection. You can use in on PCs, Macs, Linux, or Chromebooks and it works with just about every browser.

If you already have have a Microsoft email address (,,, just open your Outlook inbox on line and click that square of squares in the upper left corner.

The apps will pop out in a side panel.

Or go to Log in with your Microsoft account or quickly create a free Microsoft account.

Here’s what the interface for Office looks like.

You have Word, Excel, PowerPoint, online Outlook, OneDrive, and OneNote. Just click any app to open.

You an create new documents, spreadsheets, and presentaitons.

Or upload existing ones from your computer to edit.

Documents will be saved in your OneDrive but you can always download them.

Plus, you can access documents from any computer you happen to be using. If you don’t have a home computer, you could use online Office at the library or at a friend’s house.

You can also use Office for free on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or Android tablet. or Kindle Fire Just go to the app store for your device and look Office.

One thought on “How to use Microsoft Office for free

  1. Thanks, Cyn! This came just as I was looking around MS on how to access these apps.
    Saving to the cloud isn’t my fave option. If I also save to my desktop, is it possible to delete everything from the cloud? Is there an option to by-pass the cloud?

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