Microsoft Office

Towson University uses Microsoft Applications. Below are self-help documents, quick reference guides, and links to Microsoft support pages. 

Please note: Microsoft applications are continuously being upgraded. Documentation is reviewed on a bi-annual basis to bring it into alignment with the most recent changes. As a result, the documentation may not align exactly with the applications.

Microsoft at TU

What's the difference?

Open Microsoft 365 on TU Windows computers, Office 2019 on TU Macs. Find self-help docs for both versions on this page. Use a browser on any device to access Office 365.

See the Microsoft Office Version Comparison chart (PDF). 

Office 

What's New in Microsoft 365 (WEBPAGE)

Microsoft 365: Quick Start Guides for PC (WEBPAGE)  and Microsoft 365 Quick Start Guides for Mac (WEBPAGE)
Access Microsoft's downloadable quick start guides on topics such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.

Set up Office apps and Outlook on iOS devices (WEBPAGE) and Set up Office apps and email on Android (WEBPAGE). Microsoft online support site.

Microsoft Office Version Comparison (PDF)

Excel 

Basic

Excel: Basic (PDF)
Topics include creating, saving and navigation; editing a worksheet; basic formulas; inserting objects and managing worksheets. Practices files are included. 

Excel: Basic Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Intermediate

Excel: Intermediate (PDF)
Topics include creating charts, printing, intermediate formulas  (pmt, date, absolute vs. relative cell references, etc.), managing data (data validation, outline and subtotal, etc.), creating tables, intermediate formatting, and collaboration. Practice files are included. 

Excel: Intermediate Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Advanced

Excel: Advanced (PDF)
Topics include pivot tables, pivot charts, troubleshooting formulas, advanced formatting, advanced formulas (IF function, nested functions, VLOOKUP, etc.), data analysis and macros. Practice files are included. 

Excel: Advanced Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
*Please note that you will be required to authenticate using your NetID and password to access these documents and the practice files.

Excel: Help & Learning (WEBPAGE)
Microsoft online support site.

OneNote

OneNote: Help and Learning (WEBPAGE)
Microsoft online support site.

Outlook 

Basic

Outlook: Basic (PDF)
Topics include fundamentals such as navigation, searching, using the view tab and printing; mail features such as reading and replying, working with attachments and hyperlinks; and contacts. Practices files are included. 

Outlook: Basic Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Intermediate

Outlook: Intermediate (PDF)
Topics include creating task and notes; advanced mail features such as creating quick steps, creating rules, and creating themes; advanced calendar features such as sharing your calendar and working with multiple calendars; and managing information such as creating categories and folders. 

Outlook: Intermediate Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
*Please note that you will be required to authenticate using your NetID and password to access this document and the user guide files above.

Outlook: Help and Learning (WEBPAGE)
Microsoft online support site.

Outlook: Accessing a Maildrop without having an Exchange Account (PDF)
Maildrops allow an owner to send mail messages from the maildrop's email address rather than from their own email address. Maildrops are meant for faculty, staff and student employees. Students can access a maildrop without having an Exchange address to Outlook on their PC.

Outlook: Emailing Your Class (PDF)
This document shows you how to construct an email address based on current data in PeopleSoft. This allows faculty to send an email to every student enrolled in a class.

Outlook: Requesting and Adding a Maildrop (PDF) and Outlook: Requesting and Using a Maildrop (VIDEO) 
A maildrop is a group mailbox (with one or more owners) assigned to a department or organization within the University. This self-help document will guide you through how to set up a maildrop.

Outlook on the Web: Room Scheduling Options (VIDEO)
Understand the many options available to you for scheduling a meeting room on campus.

Outlook: Downloading the App on an iOS Device (PDF) and Outlook: Downloading the App on an Android Device (PDF)

PowerPoint 

Basic

PowerPoint: Basic (PDF)
Topics include fundamentals such as creating a blank presentation, navigation and printing; working with presentations (adding slides, slide notes spell check, etc.); organizing presentations (views, sections and duplicating slides); and delivering a slide.  Practices files are included. 

PowerPoint: Basic Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Intermediate

PowerPoint: Intermediate (PDF)
Topics include formatting and themes, pictures, graphics, transitions and animations, slide masters and self-run presentations. Practices files are included. 

PowerPoint: Intermediate Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
*Please note that you will be required to authenticate using your NetID and password to access this document and the user guide files.

PowerPoint: Help and Learning (WEBPAGE)
Microsoft online support site.

Word 

Basic

Word: Basic (PDF)
Topics include fundamentals such as creating new documents, navigation and printing; working with and editing text (spell check, cut, copy, paste, etc); formatting text and paragraphs; and formatting pages. Practices files are included. 

Word: Basic Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Intermediate

Word: Intermediate (PDF)
Topics include creating tables; inserting graphics (pictures, drawings, shapes, etc.); working with styles, themes and templates; and creating long documents (outlines, bookmarks, footnotes, citations, etc.). Practices files are included. 

Word: Intermediate Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Advanced

Word: Advanced (PDF)
Topics include collaborating with Word (comments, tracking and reviewing revisions, etc.); advanced document options such as creating macros, customizing Word options, inserting fields, etc.); and mailing documents (mail merge, printing labels and envelopes). Practice files are included. 

Word: Advanced Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
*Please note that you will be required to authenticate using your NetID and password to access this document and the user guide file.

Word: Help and Learning (WEBPAGE)
Microsoft online support site.

Word: Mail Merge (VIDEO)
Mail Merge is a tool that allows you to produce multiple letters, name tags, labels and more using information stored in a database, list or spreadsheet. In this video, you will step through the process of creating a Mail Merge letter using Microsoft Word and an Excel List. 

Word: Track Changes (PDF)
The Track Changes feature in Word enables you to collaborate on documents while keeping track of each participant's edits and comments. This reference guide will take you through how to turn track changes on, accept and reject changes, add comments and turn Track Changes off.

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