Did you know that Carleton students get full access to the Microsoft Office suite while they are attending school? Did I mention it’s free?

This means that you can use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Basically, you’ll have everything you need for school projects, papers, presentations and more with the MS office suite.

On top of the office applications, you’ll also have the ability to use services like OneDrive – Microsoft’s cloud computing service – and Skype. Not familiar with all of the applications and services? Don’t worry, CUOL’s got you covered. Read on.

Signing up

To register for this awesome deal from Microsoft, go to office.com/getoffice365 and provide your student email address (the one that ends in @cmail.carleton.ca). Plug in your MyCarletonOne password and you’re golden.

If you run into trouble, click here for more assistance straight from Microsoft support.

Applications

Word: Almost everyone knows what Microsoft Word is, but in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past three decades, it’s one of the most popular word processors out there. This basically means you can use it to write your notes, your papers, your reports, everything. You can get resume templates, add tables, charts and images to documents, and use its spell check function to check your grammar.

Excel: This is Microsoft’s spreadsheet function. Its features include calculation, graphing tools and pivot tables. It’s especially useful for business, marketing and economics courses, but all students can use it given its simple and easy-to-use design. For instance, you can use it to keep track of your work hours, trip plan and split your house expenses between your roommates.

PowerPoint: This is a presentation program – self explanatory, right? You can use it to make slide-based presentations and it’s currently one of the most commonly used slide-based presentation programs available, which means it’s extremely useful to know how to use it for when you need to make a group presentation or use it at work.

OneNote: This program can be your main note taking function if Microsoft Word just isn’t cutting it for you. Its best function is that it gathers free-form information (handwritten or typed notes, drawings, screenshots and audio clips) and that it can be shared with other OneNote users for multi-user collaboration. There’s also a web-based version that allows users to edit notes within a web browser. It’s perfect for group projects, reports and class notes shared remotely.

Services

 OneDrive: This is Microsoft’s file-hosting service, or its cloud. You can store files, images, videos, audio clips and other personal data like Windows settings. You can access these files from a web browser or mobile device, and share them publicly or with certain people. That means if your computer crashes, you won’t lose that 12-page paper that’s due tomorrow.

Skype: This is an instant messaging app that enables its users to send and receive online text messages and video chats. Everybody knows that. But did you know that you can also send digital documents like images, text and video? Or that you can conduct video conference calls? It’s ideal for phoning in an expert during a presentation or meeting with group members who live far away.

By Bianca Chan