If you have never used Microsoft Office or just need help with the basics, there are plenty of resources scattered around the internet. But which is the best way to learn Microsoft Office? Is it free training, a paid class, or a video tutorial?
For beginners as well as those brushing up on their Microsoft Office application skills, here is a big list of options worth checking out.
Online Courses and Tutorials
With both free and paid online classes and instructions, learning Microsoft Office with these tools might be just what you’re looking for. And as you begin, you might like to review our tips for learning about Office 2016.
One of the best ways to learn Microsoft Office is to go right to the source. The Office 365 Training Center provides different options depending on your needs. You can watch video training tutorials for Office 365 or select a specific Microsoft Office application like Word, Excel, or Access. And it’s all free.
GCF LearnFree.org is another great resource for free Microsoft Office training. You’ll find training for Office 2016 in addition to older versions. Make your selection and then start learning the applications separately. Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint each have tutorials neatly organized by topic as well as Getting Started sections if you’re completely new to it.
(It’s also a good place to find computer courses for beginners on all sorts of toipcs.)
For learning the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel for free, the options on the Free Training Tutorial site are decent and serve as good references. Learn the Excel essentials, jump right into working with formulas, or just find out how to do simple tasks in Word. You’ll see step-by-step instructions with images, making this a good one to bookmark.
And for another handy reference, take a look at our Microsoft Office 2016 quick start guides.
If you are interested in learning more about Microsoft Office so that you can get certified, take a look at GoSkills. The site offers affordable options where you can pay per class or for a course bundle. You’ll have access to video tutorials, quizzes and tests, a personalized experience, and can learn at your own pace.
With online classes for everything from marketing to software development and beyond, Lynda.com is a terrific place to learn Microsoft Office. You can choose from Office 365 essential classes to those specific to each application. Lynda.com offers a 30-day free trial, so you can check out the experience before subscribing to a plan.
Udemy is another paid online learning center for various industries and subjects. You can take the nine-course Microsoft Office 2016 training bundle for an excellent start. After that, you can review and pay for individual classes specific to the application and topic. Udemy is a super and affordable resource.
Universal Class has a good Microsoft Office 2016 training bundle that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This option has 70 lessons and over 140 assignments and exams to test what you learn. You can also take individual application classes and review courses for older versions of Microsoft Office if needed.
If you belong to LinkedIn, then you should definitely check out the learning center for Microsoft Office. You can try it out for one month free and then subscribe if it works for you. There are courses for Office 365 and Microsoft Office, plus you can filter the many options by beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
On edX, you’ll find several Microsoft-related courses along with a Microsoft Office Fundamentals: Outlook, Word, and Excel class. This one is available for free, but if you would like to add a verified certificate, you can do so for a fee. The class is also part of the Microsoft Professional Program for IT Support if you would like to take your learning to the next level.
My Online Training Hub offers individual courses for Word, Excel, and Outlook and a bundle that includes all three. The single classes provide between 20 and 30 hours of course videos and you can review the syllabus or check out a preview before you decide to buy one. The courses will help you learn Microsoft Office versions from 2007 to 2016.
11. Bigger Brains
Bigger Brains offers online subscriptions for individuals and teams for their Office 365 training course bundle. You can learn everything from the essentials to becoming a master. Look through the single application classes if you prefer and be sure to take a minute to review the course lengths, sample videos, and related classes.
Maybe you’d rather follow along with a video than take an official Microsoft Office training course. Here are several YouTube channels with training videos that make learning Microsoft Office easy.
The Learn iT! Training YouTube channel offers a nice variety of tutorials including a Microsoft Office 2016 Beginners Tutorial. In addition, you can select from videos specific to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for various versions of Office.
Technology for Teachers and Students has a good mix of video tutorials for learning Microsoft Office as well as each application itself. You can also learn about Sway, OneNote, OneDrive, and get help with intermediate and advanced topics for the many Microsoft products.
14. Sali Kaceli
For another great set of YouTube tutorials, take a look at Sali Kaceli’s channel. You’ll find in-depth videos that take you through each Microsoft Office application. You can then get into specifics such as working with address books in Outlook or calculating percentages in Excel.
15. Teacher’s Tech
The Teacher’s Tech channel is packed with detailed Office tutorials for beginners and above. In addition to the Microsoft Office desktop applications, you can learn about Office Online. There are also videos for Office Lens, Microsoft Sway, and OneDrive if you want help with those products as well.
16. Skills Factory
Skills Factory has several tutorials for each application within Microsoft Office 2016. They are geared towards beginners and are each less than 15 minutes long, so you can learn quickly and follow along easily.
Microsoft Mechanics offers specific topic tutorials for Office 365, Microsoft Office 2016, and Office Online. You can check out an overview of Office, get details on the Office experience, or jump right into how to use each application in a variety of ways.
HowTech Tutorials has a channel dedicated to Microsoft Office training. Not only can you learn how to use the tools but get into specifics for each one. Once you learn the basics, you can get into creating charts in Excel working with pages in Word.
Originally for his students, Professor Adam Morgan decided to make his video tutorials public to help others. View the options for beginners for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and Outlook. Then take a peek at certain topics like formatting in Word or importing data in Excel.
The eTop Technology, Inc. YouTube channel offers an array of tutorials for learning Office 365, Microsoft Office 2016, and older versions of Office. Most videos are short and right to the point, making it simple for you to do the basics in the Office applications.
Learning Microsoft Office Is a Click Away
No matter how you prefer to learn Microsoft Office, whether it be an online class or a useful video, these options have you covered. Check them out and see which one fits you and your needs the best.