How to efficiently use Microsoft 365 in a web browser

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The Microsoft 365 suite includes some well-known bundle of tools meant to organize and increase your productivity. The tools in the Microsoft 365 suite can be used online or offline.

Working with any Microsoft 365 tool in your web browser implies a good Internet connection, as all your work will be automatically saved in the dedicated OneDrive space. Additionally, you can install the Office extension for quick access to all your documents.

A Microsoft account is mandatory and you’ll have to sign-in before using the any of tools online.


How can I use Microsoft 365 in a web browser?

Easy access to all your work with OneDrive

After signing in to your Microsoft account, you will see the dashboard with all the available apps in your suite. You can either open a specific document format or directly launch OneDrive and create documents in the cloud.office onedrive

Once you’re in OneDrive > click Create > select the desired file type. As you start editing a document, changes are saved automatically.

If you need to edit a document at a later date, open OneDrive > Files > select file > Edit > Edit in (document type) for the web. No need to save the changes.

OneDrive supports many file formats and allows you to create, edit, and share documents on-the-go, with no need for other back-up or emailing actions. It also saves a lot of storage space on your devices.

Editing documents at a later date is accessible from any device and you can also see the comments immediately if anyone else is viewing the document you’re using.


Installing the Office browser extension:

  1. Go to the Chrome web store and to Extensions.use office extension for web browser
  2. Search for Office and click Add to Chrome.
  3. Confirm that you want to install the extension by selecting Add extension.

Working on the web using the Office extension

  1. Open the office extension from the upper right-hand corner of your browser.office for the web
  2. Sign-into the extension with your Microsoft account (or a school account if you’re using the free package available for the Educational sector).
  3. Open the app that you want to work with (or open OneDrive and work as shown above).

In today’s guide, we explored the best information available regarding using your Microsoft 365 inside your browser.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Although Microsoft 365 is compatible with most browsers, use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as you also have the Office extension available for quick access to your Office suite.

  • No, Microsoft Outlook is the email app part of the Microsoft 365 bundle. Microsoft Outlook can be used as a web app with the following browsers:

    • Internet Explorer 10

    • Microsoft Edge

    • Firefox 17

    • Chrome 24

    • Safari 6

  • You have to install a web version of Outlook to use it in Chrome.

    1. Open Outlook on the web by signing in to your Microsoft account.

    2. Select Customize and control Google Chrome (the three dots) at the top of the window.

    3. Select Install Outlook.

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