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Office 365 (online version of Word) Free Online (Office online, Google Docs) Libre Office Software for Staff

Office 365 is a free product. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access. You can use Office 365 with your TAFE email address or just use your own personal email address.

Please note that this is essentially an online tool. You will require stable, fast internet access for best use of this product.

Using your TAFE email address as a student

  1. For your TAFE Office 365 account, your email address will be username@tafensw.net.au (e.g. john.citzen@tafensw.net.au).
  2. You will get a verification code sent to this email address, and you will need to read an email from it in order to register and get Office 365. You can access the email through your student portal.
  3. Click here to start your TAFE account Office 365. Look for "Enter your school email address" to start.

Using your own personal email

  1. There is no disadvantage when you use your personal email. You will require access to the inbox of your personal email address.
  2. Click here to start, and look to the top right corner where it says login.
  3. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you will need to create one to start. It is free.

Using your TAFE email address as a staff member

  1. Use your TAFE webmail account In the top left corner, there are 9 square dots and 'Office 365'. This is where the Office Suite is.

About the download option

There is a download option, it allows you to install a small bit of software (the Office 365 client) from Microsoft on your computer.That small bit of software gives the product some offline ability and puts shortcuts on your desktop. However please be aware that Office 365 will still require a connection to the internet to work fully.

google drive and outlook office optionsFree Office Suites available on cloud drives:

Your email service may include an office suite for free.

If you use outlook you already have access to free Office online. If you use gmail you already have access to Google Drive which has its own suite of tools for spreadsheets, presentations and word processing.

Office online through outlook is available here - https://outlook.live.com/owa/

The google office suite is available here - https://drive.google.com/drive 

Both products work in a limited way offline but require internet access for full functionality.

Libre Office, a completely FREE Office Suite

Along with Microsoft Office and Google Docs, Libre Office is one of the most popular Word Processing and Office suites available. Unlike Office 365 and Google Docs, this downloads to your computer and is fully functional with, or without, an internet connection. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet and power point system, as well as other modules. It is free, with no restrictions such as time limits, or advertising.

It complies with all standards which means that documents produced in Libre Office will be fully functional in other softwares such as Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office documents are highly functional within Libre Office. 

Download from : https://www.libreoffice.org/

Hints for users:

For ease of use with Microsoft Word, consider saving text documents as ".docx" in the 'SaveAs' option. You can also make this the default SaveAs option in LibreOffice's preferences. The same goes for spreadsheet files (SaveAs .xlcx) and presentation files (SaveAs .pptx)

For STAFF: discounts available.

Discounted Adobe, Microsoft and IBM products are available to TAFE Students.

You will need to register at TAFE Webstore using your TAFE email address.

 

Your eligibility to order products is determined by what kind of user you are (e.g. faculty or staff) and on what organization(s) you belong to.

Click the arrow beside your username (top-right corner), and then click Your Account/Order

Go to the Eligibility tab. The following information is displayed:

  • The user group(s) you belong to
  • The organization(s) you belong to
  • How your account was verified
  • Your current verification status

Software:

Adobe: Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Captivate 9, Adobe Photoshop Elements 14, Adobe Premiere Elements 14, Adobe Presenter 11

Microsoft: Windows 10, Office for Mac 2016, Office 2016, Office 2013, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Office for Mac 2011, Office 2010 and other IBM software.

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