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Microsoft Office

For system requirements for Office please visit the official Microsoft Office website.

Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 365, or Office 2013 users can open documents created without any additional action. Customers using earlier versions of Office may need to download and install a compatibility pack.

If you are using Microsoft Office Word 2007 or Word 2010, you can open .docx or .docm files that were created in Word 2019, 2016 and 2013. However, a few newer features may not be supported in older versions or they may not be editable. For example, equations in later files are converted to images in earlier versions of Word, which can’t be edited.

Although people who use previous versions of Microsoft Office and have installed the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats, can open documents that are saved in the Microsoft Office Word 2007 format, they may not be able to change some items that were created by using new or enhanced features.

In newer versions of Microsoft Office - Word (2019, 2016 & 2013), you'll see the words [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name on the title bar. Compatibility Mode makes sure that no new features in Word 2019, 2016 or 2013 are available in the document, so that people using earlier versions of Word can work with it. You can work in Compatibility Mode or you can convert your document to the new format. To convert the document, click File>Info>Convert. Converting your document lets you use the new features, but people using earlier versions of Word might have difficulty editing certain parts of the document.

The ribbon is a set of toolbars at the top of the window in Office programs designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task. You'll find some of the things that were previously on the ribbon available now under the File menu, including the Save and Options selections.

There are several ways that you can control the appearance of the ribbon: Auto-Hide Ribbon, Show Tabs, Show Tabs and Commands.

The ribbon can be minimized so that you only see the tab names and not the command groups and buttons. To always keep the ribbon minimized, right-click on a blank area of the ribbon, then select Collapse the Ribbon from the menu. (To revert this setting, click on one of the tabs, then right-click on a blank area of the ribbon and de-select Collapse the Ribbon from the menu.) You can also double-click on an active tab name to toggle this setting.

Click File > Print to see a print preview of the current document to the right of other useful print-related settings.

The right side of the window previews how the document will look when printed. Use the left side of the window to choose a printer or fine-tune settings — for example, to change from Portrait to Landscape, to change the paper size, or to print only the current page.

There are various icons and toolbars that will appear around the document to advance to another page, change the zoom level, and, in Excel, to show the margins so that column width can be changed. To set more print options, click the Page Setup link at the bottom of the left side of the window, below Settings.

QCC has several video tutorial powered by Atomic Learning that are available to all students, staff, and faculty members. If this is your first time using Atomic Learning we recommend that you watch two short videos to learn about preferences available in Atomic Learning and how to search.

The attached file will review how to save a Microsoft Office word document when using Office 365 online, web-based version. This document will review your save options with a specific focus on saving files as docx and rtf, the two most common file formats at QCC. Click here to review the job aid.

Office 365

Office 365 is a subscription based version of the Microsoft Office suite. It includes the latest full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access as well as cloud services such Office Online, Yammer, and 1TB of OneDrive storage.

Faculy & Staff
Office 365 is a subscription based version of the Microsoft Office suite. It includes the latest full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access as well as cloud services such Office Online, Yammer, and 1TB of OneDrive storage.

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Publisher*
  • Access*
  • OneNote*
  • InfoPath*
  • * Publisher, Access, and OneNote are only included in the Windows Version
  • 1TB of OneDrive Storage
  • Office Online
  • Access to Yammer

For more details, please visit the QCC on the hub product page.

You will need an Internet connection to download and install Office 365, to activate your Office 365 account, and manage your account. Once installed, you will be able to use the Office products offline. Some services, including accessing your OneDrive account, require you to be connected to the Internet.

You may install Office 365 on up to 5 PCs or MACs, as well as other Mobile Devices.

Your Office 365 subscription is valid for as a long as you are a student at Quinsigamond Community College. You may be required to re-verify your eligibility at any time. Once your subscription has expired, you will only be able to view, but not edit or create new documents. You will also no longer be able to access online services associated with your school email address.

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus can be installed on Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 and Mac OS 10.6.8 or later.

Please click here for more information.

Click here to begin.  Select Student or Staff/Faculty tab, select the product you would like to download and Add to Cart.  The next step is to either Register or Login with your existing account.

For further help installing Office 365, please visit the Help section.  You may also call or email for support using the contact us link.

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Support

Email support     office-support [at]
  Typical response time: 1-2 business days
  Supported Languages: English
Phone support     1-855-561-4175 (Toll Free)
  Hours: Mon-Fri, 6am-6pm EST
  Supported Languages: English

For additional training, students, staff and faculty can watch Hoonuit video tutorials (formerly Atomic Learning). These are available once logged into Blackboard by clicking on My Bb Help at the top of the page, then Hoonuit- click on any of the links and Hoonuit will launch. Search for Office 365 to show the video tutorials.

You can try the Office 365 Community Forum.

You can also access Office 365 tutorials through Atomic Learning.

To access Atomic Learning, log in to Blackboard, then click on My Bb Help at the top of the page, then Atomic Learning - Launch Atomic Learning. Search for Office 365 to show the video tutorials.

Please note that Office 365 is provided through Kivuto at, and the college does not provide direct support for this product.