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Webinar: Working with Office Online and OneDrive

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Office Online is more than the new name for the free, browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that anyone can use on multiple devices. We’ll show you how to collaborate with others in real time and store documents in the cloud (yes, we’ll explain that too) with OneDrive and 7 GB of free storage.

What you will learn at Tuesday’s webinar

  • Create & share docs for free with Office Online
  • Storing docs with OneDrive
  • New things with Office Online (templates, anyone?)
  • Working on a doc with someone else at the same time (we had 33 people editing at the same time)

References for this webinar

Go to for more information on how to join the series.

–Doug Thomas

  1. I noticed that they took MS Access from my account for office on demand when they changed to the web site. Was there a reason why?

  2. A webinar guest on the chat was asking about creating documents in Office Online based on custom templates — all in SharePoint Online, or the Office 365 for Business environment. You can do this, though it’s a bit complicated to set up. You can have a library for each type of template, or you can set up multiple content types for a library. You set up your templates, and then end-users can go to File > New, and pick the template. If they don’t have Office installed locally, the template opens in the Office Online program, to edit in the browser. Details here:

  3. A webinar guest was wondering about font support in Office Online. Here’s the scoop:
    In the Word Online viewer (Reading view), fonts need to be either embedded in the doc or installed on the server in order to display text properly.

    In Office Online editors (Editing View) – at least for OneNote and Word, not sure about the other 2… You can use any font that’s installed locally on your computer as long as you spell its name correctly in the Font box (In other words, Office Online doesn’t “know” about the font to display its name in the list of fonts, but it can fetch it if you call it by name).

    Similarly, if you open a document that is supposed to use a font that is NOT installed on your computer, you’ll see the font’s name in the list, but there will be no way to render it in the editor, and Word Online will fall back to using some other font to display the text.

  4. Doug – Can you show us how to quickly produce a letter in Word to someone who’s a Contact in Outlook? Way back in Outlook 2003 there was a one-clock option to easily do this.

    • Looks like that feature was deprecated over time. That happens with features that aren’t being used often. We will be having some webinars on Outlook in May, so maybe we can find a substitute to communicate. It might be using the Quick Step feature to create a customer message. Not in Word, but I’ve been using this more. See:

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