Microsoft Office

Towson University uses Microsoft Applications. These resources will  help you use those programs.

This service and vendor documentation are cloud hosted. Updates are not controlled by Towson University. TU-specific documentation is reviewed quarterly to bring it into alignment with the most recent version of the service or software. 

What's the difference?

Microsoft Office (M365) is the local desktop version of the apps, and is installed on TU computers. 

Office 365 (O365) is the latest, most up-to-date online/cloud-based version of the apps. Use a browser on any device to access Office 365.


Microsoft Office is a suite of applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Learn more or see the latest updates and features. 

How to access


Excel is a spreadsheet software program, and a powerful documentation, data visualization and analysis tool.


OneNote is a digital notebook that automatically saves and syncs your notes as you work. Share and collaborate with others.


Outlook is TU's email service for faculty and staff. Send and receive email messages, manage calendars, store contact names and numbers and track tasks.


PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation tool.


Word is a text processing and visual document creation tool that allows for collaboration, sharing and editing. 


Access Microsoft's searchable help articles. Explore LinkedIn for additional ways to use Office. If you have trouble logging in with your NetID, contact the OTS Faculty/Staff Help Center or Student Computing Services.

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