Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office

How to use this guide:

Our tutorials are structured so that anyone wanting to teach a single Office program can simply base a course on the relevant tutorial. This guide explains how you and your students can use multiple tutorials to build a more comprehensive proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite. Our Office tutorials do assume a basic familiarity with computers, so students will need to know how to use a mouse and navigate a computer interface in order to be successful.

The guide includes four distinct learning plans you can follow and adapt for instruction in a classroom, with a small group, or with individuals. Each plan addresses a specific set of skills students may be interested in acquiring, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and using the cloud through both Microsoft and Google accounts.

Each plan has four components:

  1. Objectives: These are the goals learners have entering this course of study. Objectives can help you identify the best plan for your class.
  2. Outcomes: These are the skills learners should have gained after successfully completing the plan.
  3. Learning plan: This is a possible sequence of our tutorials. You can find summaries and links for the tutorials mentioned in our Tutorial Descriptions lesson, or you can view our All Topics page to find any tutorial you want.
  4. Other tutorials you may want to use: Additional tutorials on our site you may want to reference or include in the learning plan, depending on the skill levels and needs of your students.

About Microsoft Office:

Service providers tell us that proficiency in Microsoft Office is one of the most common skills adult students want to gain. When a student says she wants to be proficient in Office, she may mean one of a few things:

Teaching our Office tutorials:

Using our learning plans:

To get started, choose the learning plan that best suits your students’ needs. Once you’ve found a plan, you can customize it to make it more relevant to your learners. This could include:

Learning plans

Word and PowerPoint

This plan is for learners who may or may not have used the Office suite but who want to become more proficient in creating documents and presentations.

Objectives:

General outcomes:

Throughout this guide, we list the 2016 versions of Microsoft Office programs, but you'll want to make sure to choose the version your computers currently have installed. You can find tutorials for older versions of Microsoft Office programs on our Microsoft Office page.

Other GCFLearnFree.org tutorials you may want to use:

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

This plan is for learners who may or may not have used the Office suite but who want to achieve general Office proficiency.

Objectives:

General outcomes:

Other GCFLearnFree.org tutorials you may want to use:

Working in the cloud: Microsoft account

This plan is for learners who have basic proficiency in at least one desktop Office program but who want to work on Office documents in the cloud using a Microsoft account.

Objectives:

General outcomes:

Other GCFLearnFree.org tutorials you may want to use:

Working in the cloud: Google account

This plan is for learners who have basic proficiency in at least one desktop Office program but who want to work on documents in the cloud using a Google account.

Objectives:

General outcomes:

Other GCFLearnFree.org tutorials you may want to use: