Create and Share Office Documents

If you're new to OneDrive sharing is easier than ever. If you're new to Office Online sharing is an easy process too. Learn how here.

Opening documents

You can open and edit your documents in your web browser with Office Online. If you have Microsoft Office installed on your computer, you can also open and edit them with the desktop Office programs. While editing your documents with Office Online is convenient, it does have fewer features and editing tools than the desktop Office programs.

To open a document with Office Online:

  1. Click the document you want to open. In this example, we'll select a PowerPoint file.
  2. A preview of your file will open in a new tab. In the top toolbar, click Edit Presentation, then select Edit in Browser from the drop-down menu.
  3. Your document will appear. You can now edit it with Office Online.

To close the document and return to OneDrive, click the OneDrive link at the top of the page.

To open a document with a desktop Office program:

You will need to have a version of Office installed on your computer to use this option.

  1. Locate and right-click the document you want to open.
  2. Select Open in PowerPoint from the menu. (Your menu may read Open in Excel or Open in Word depending on what file you're opening.)
  3. Follow the instructions, and your document will open in its desktop Office program.

When you're ready to return to OneDrive, simply save the document within the desktop program and close it. The changes you made will be saved to the file on OneDrive as well.