Using Office Online

Posted May 19th, 2016 at 10:53 am.

Office 365 gives you the ability to create, edit, share, and collaborate on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and OneNote files via Office Online.

Office Online offers the ability to create and edit documents within your browser, anytime and anywhere with an internet connection. Though the online versions of Office software not contain all of the advanced features of the desktop versions, you’ll be able to accomplish most common tasks in each application.

Office Online also allows you to share documents and work collaboratively online with multiple colleagues and classmates within the Bryn Mawr College community, the Tri-co, and beyond. Files you work on in Office Online apps are securely saved to your OneDrive.

The Basics

Additional Features

By sharing files with others and granting them edit permissions, you’ll be able to co-author the file in real-time, or separately.   Files created in Office Online are automatically saved to your OneDrive. Changes are auto-saved.

Creating Files from the App Launcher

Click on the app launcher to view all available apps.

1 - App launcher

Select Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to launch the app.

Creating Files from OneDrive

Click on the New button, then select Word document, Excel workbook, or PowerPoint presentation.

2 - creating files from onedrive

Sharing Office Online Files

There are two ways to share Office Online files with others:

  • Inviting people (current Bryn Mawr College community members)
  • Sending a link to the file (non-Bryn Mawr College community members)

By inviting people, you’ll be able to better track who you have shared a file with, as well as what kind of permissions they have. Sending a link to the file is most useful for quick sharing and for sharing with people outside of the Bryn Mawr College community.

To invite people at Bryn Mawr College to share a file from within the Office Online app, click the Share button in the upper right corner of the screen.

3 - share within office online

The Share dialog box will appear. From the Invite people tab, type the names or email addresses of people you want to share the file with.

4 - share dialog box

Select the desired permission setting. You also have the option of including a personal message (optional), requiring sign-in, and sending an email invitation to alert the person of the share.


To send a file link to someone outside of Bryn Mawr College, click the Share button in the upper right corner of the screen. The Share dialog box will appear. From the Get a link tab, click on the downward arrow to display more options. Select either View link or Edit link (depending on the sharing permissions you’d like to grant).

5 - get a link

A link will be generated which can be shared with others. You also have the option to set the link to expire after a set amount of time.

6 - expiration and mobile

Note: Clicking Open this link on a phone (highlighted above) will generate a QR code to scan with your mobile device.

You can also share Office Online files and other types of files directly from your OneDrive: Share documents or folders in Office 365

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