The Best of Office 365: The Complete Crash Course
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The Best of Office 365: The Complete Crash Course

OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office Mix, Outlook, OneNote, Office Lens, Docs-com and Sway in 6.5 hours.
3.8 (44 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,363 students enrolled
Created by Alan Simpson
Last updated 10/2016
Price: Free
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Quickly master the most important Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills needed in the modern school and workplace.
  • Use Office apps and files on your PC, Mac, Chromebook, laptop, iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone.
  • End the frustration and aggravation of trying to figure everything out by guessing, getting stuck, and losing your work due to lack of knowledge and experience.
  • Take advantage of the hottest new features of Office 365 for sharing and collaboration, including OneDrive, OneNote, Mix, Sway, and
  • Create your own personal website, for free, to showcase your work. Or use it to publish documents, photos, spreadsheets, and videos for your family, friends, classmates, work colleagues, club members, teammates, students, church congregation, or the world at large.
  • Use your smartphone to take photos of business cards and written documents, and convert them to editable, searchable text and Outlook contacts.
View Curriculum
  • Students should be computer literate enough to understand basic terminology and concepts like click, right-click, folder, and file. Students should have access to the Internet and preferably a subscription to Office 365. Any subscription, be it personal, student, or business, will do.

This is a course about using Microsoft Office 365 on your PC, Mac, tablet, or Smartphone. It covers all of the mainstream applications that most schools and office environments demand: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. You'll also learn to use the exciting newer features of Office 365 including OneDrive, OneNote, and the new capabilities for publishing interactive content online, for free, without a website and without knowledge of web design.

This not a course for people who want to specialize in computers, but rather for people who need to use a computer as part of their non-computer job or coursework. If you are frustrated in school or work due to insufficient Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint skills, this course will serve you well. If you have access to Office 365 through school, work, or your personal computer, and you have basic computer skills like knowing how to click, drag, and right-click, then you have what it takes to succeed in this course.

All lessons are video tutorials, averaging about 10 minutes each, that are easy to understand and follow. Practice activities and hands-on exercises give you the experience you need to master the most essential skills you need to master these important apps. And the new cloud-oriented approach found in Office 365 makes it easier to access all your Office files using your favorite computers, laptops, tablets, and phones. So all your information is just a few clicks or taps away. You can also share or publish your documents online for free.

You'll also learn all the new ways that Office 365 allows you to easily publish online, for free, through, Mix, Sway, and OneDrive, even if you know nothing about web design. You'll even discover ways to convert business cards and written documents to editable, searchable files and Outlook contacts.

This course is taught by award-winning author and instructor Alan Simpson who has been called a "mastered communicator" and whose courses always generate rave reviews from non-computer people and computer experts alike.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for business people, job seekers, educators, and students who understand the importance of having Office skills for the school and workplace who want to get up-to-speed quickly on the latest Office 365 offerings. Also, since much of the course deals with creating and publishing documents, students should have a desire to share or publish Office documents online. This course is not recommended for people who have no background in Microsoft Office, no need to use it in school or the workplace, or no desire to share or publish Office documents. Of course, students who are already familiar with all aspects of Office 365 should not take the course, since they might not learn anything new.
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Curriculum For This Course
43 Lectures
Section 1: Getting Started with Office 365
5 Lectures 34:26

Get a quick overview of what Office 365 is all about, what you will learn from this course, and a brief introduction to your instructor.

Course Introduction

In this lecture you'll learn to open Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and all your other Office 365 apps on any computer or mobile device...even those that don't even have the Office apps installed.

Using Office 365

It's great that you can access Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office apps from any computer or mobile device in the world. But you also need access to the documents and files that you create using those apps. That's where OneDrive comes in. In this lecture you learn how to use OneDrive to access your documents from whatever PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android phone, or Chromebook you happen to be using at the moment.

Using OneDrive

Here you'll try out some of the things you've learned to strengthen your new skills. If the challenge is easy...great,'re good to go. If you hit any snags, come by the discussion area and we'll get everything squared away so that you can forge ahead full-steam.

Hands-On Activity

This optional lecture shows you how to create your own website, for free, in about 5 minutes flat. No web design, Dreamweaver, WordPress, HTML, or other specialized knowledge required. During the course, you can use the site to show your work to your instructor and classmates, or get help with projects that just won't to bend to your will. When the course is over, you can keep the site, forever, for free, and use it to distributes photos, videos, Word documents, PDFs files, PowerPoint presentations, slideshows, screen recordings, interactive tutorials, Excel worksheets...whatever suits your friends, family, teammates, club members, church congregants, students, customers, the world at large...any audience you wish!

Bonus Lecture: Create your Free Website

Test your knowledge of basic skills and terminology

Quiz 1: Are You Ready?
5 questions
Section 2: Master Microsoft Word
12 Lectures 01:59:56

Here you'll learn the most important fundamental skills for typing and editing in Microsoft Word, and virtually all computer apps. You'll master the most important everyday computers skills of navigating documents, editing, using select-then-do, undo, redo, shortcut keys and more. So you're never "stuck" again.

Using Word

In this lecture you learn to use Word templates to speed and simplify typing all kinds of documents. You'll discover lots of tips and tricks for simplifying even larger multi-page documents with pictures, Smart Art, and automatic Tables of Contents.

Creating Documents from Templates

Word Styles are the best way to streamline your writing efforts and ensure a professional-looking end product. When you finish this lecture, you'll be able to use styles to streamline the formatting and appearance of documents you create from templates, as well as documents you create from scratch. These same techniques are used throughout the professional publishing industry and in web design.

Styling in Word

When you finish this lecture, you'll be able to add all kinds of pictures to your Office 365 documents, including photographs, clip art, screenshots, shapes, SmartArt, and business charts.

Fun with Pictures

In this lecture you'll learn to size and position your pictures like a pro, and add some special and artistic effects too, to really make them pop!

More Fun with Pictures

When you finish this lecture you'll know how to create bulleted, numbered, and multi-level lists. You'll know how to automatically alphabetize those lists. And you'll know how to add professional polish to your creations by styling lists or converting them to more visually appealing SmartArt.

Making Lists and SmartArt

Tables are used in many kinds of written documents, and when you finish this lesson, you'll have the skills you need to create and style any table in any Word document you create.

Building Tables

Cover pages, page numbers, headers, and footers are common in business documents as well as school assignments. By this lecture's end, you'll have mastered them all.

Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers

When you finish this lecture, you'll know how to print your document, as well as how to control page layout fratires like multiple columns, page orientation, and margins.

Printing and Page Layout

Here you'll harness some of the most powerful features of Microsoft Word. You'll learn how to translate your documents to other languages. You'll discover the collaboration techniques used by professional authors and editors. And you'll finish by know how to share your documents with anyone online, and control who can view, and who can edit, those documents.

Translate, Collaborate, and Share Documents

Here you'll find a hodgepodge of using tips and techniques, including cut-and-paste, fixing imported documents, adding hyperlinks to your documents, converting to PDF, and publishing your creations to your website.

Tips and Tricks

Use this quiz to verify that you understand the basics of Microsoft Word.

Mastery Self-Test for Word
10 questions

This is a hands-on practice activity to try what you've learned about Microsoft Word. Download the EagleEdit1.docx file from the Resources, and edit it as per editorial comments in the text. If you need some help, you can watch me do it in the video for this lesson.

Hands-On Practice Acivity for Word
Section 3: Tackling Excel
8 Lectures 57:38

In this lecture you'll learn what Excel is all about, how to start it on any computer, tablet, or phone, and some basic skills and terms that are required for using Excel well.

Getting Started with Excel

Here you'll discover how to find good worksheets, so you don't need to re-invent the wheel, and also how to unprotect worksheet templates to use as a starting point for your own creations.

Using a Worksheet

When you finish this lecture, you'll know how to create an Excel worksheet, from scratch, complete with text, numbers, a formula, and some nice formatting to make it look good.

Creating Your Own Worksheet

Here you'll apply what you've learned about Excel so far to add professional-looking business charts to your Excel worksheets.

Making Excel Business Charts

Formulas are the brains of every Excel worksheet. In this lecture you'll learn how to write simple formulas, as well as more complex formulas using functions and named cells. And also, how to look like a math whiz without being a math whiz.

Mastering Excel Formulas

When you finish with this lecture, you'll know how to use Excel conditional formatting to add some real professional polish to your worksheets.

Conditional Formatting

It's frustrating, and all too easy, to mess a perfectly good worksheet with a minor typographical error. When you finish the lecture, you'll know how to protect your Excel worksheets from such catastrophes.

Protecting Your Worksheets

Mastery Self-Test for Excel
8 questions

This is your hands-on practice activity for Excel. You can grab the assignment out of the Resource materials and try it on your own first. Then, if you have any problems, or are just curious about how somebody else might do it, watch the video that accompanies this lecture.

Hands-On Excel - Practice Activity
Section 4: Presenting PowerPoint
8 Lectures 01:27:44

As you'll learn in this lecture, PowerPoint is all about presentations. But PowerPoint isn't just about presentation where you stand in front of an audience anymore. Now you can use it to create and publish interactive videos online. In this lecture you'll learn the basics of starting PowerPoint and creating a presentation.

Getting Started with PowerPoint

Every PowerPoint presentation starts with slides, and when you finish this lecture you'll know how to create your own slides with text and pictures.

Make a Presentation

This lecture shows you how to use PowerPoint animations to add professional polish and visual excitement to your presentations.

Fun with Animations

You'll know how to add exciting transition effects to your presentation at the end of this lecture. And how to convert a presentation to a standalone slideshow that you can publish online.

Transition Effects and Slideshows

When you finish this lesson you'll know how to add lengthier videos to your PowerPoint presentations, whether they're videos you took yourself, or those you downloaded. And you'll also learn some more powerful techniques for creating animations.

Bring it to Life with Video

Music, sound effects, and vice narration can really add a lot to a PowerPoint presentation. When you finish this lecture, you'll know how to incorporate all three types of sounds to you presentations.

Add Music, Sound Effects, and Narration

Here's you'll learn to present your PowerPoint presentation in front of a live audience. You'll also learn to share your presentation online on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your web site or blog. Here's where you'll also discover Office Mix, for publishing interactive PowerPoints and videos online.

Sharing your Presentation

Mastery Self-Test for PowerPoint
14 questions

For your PowerPoint Hands-On Activity, I'm going to challenge you to create a slideshow. You can use you own photos if you like. And you can share it with the class if you like (though you're not required to share anything)., The details are in the Resources section for this lection. The video in this lecture is optional, and just shows how I might go about creating and sharing such a slideshow.

Hands-On PowerPoint: Practice Activity
Section 5: Using Outlook
6 Lectures 49:02

Many businesses and other large organizations used Outlook for e-mail, scheduling meetings, and more. So you'll want to know what Outlook is all about before going to any job interviews where Office 365 knowledge is required (or assumed). This lecture will get you started with the basics of using Outlook on a PC, Mac, or online.

Get to Know Outlook

Even if you use Apple Mail, Gmail, or something else for you personal e-mail, if you get a job with a business e-mail address of your own, chances are you'll be expected to know how to use Outlook for that e-mail. This lecture will show you want you need to know about sending, receiving, replying, forwarding, attaching, and all that other good e-mail stuff in Outlook.

Emailing with Outlook

Using Outlook as an electronic address book can really come in handy sometimes. In this lecture you'll see what, and how.

Use Outlook as Your Address Book

Many large organizations rely heavily on outlook Calendar for appointments and meeting requests. When you finish this lecture, you'll know just what you need to know about those things to survive in the modern business world.

Outlook Calendar, Appointments, and Meetings

Whether your managing your own To-Do lists, or delegating tasks to others, Outlook Tasks, which you'll discover in this chapter, will surely help you stay on top of things.

Staying Organized with Task Lists

Mastery Self-Test for Outlook
12 questions

See the external resources for the Hands-On Practice Activity for Outlook. If you encounter any bumps in the road while completing this lecture's assignment, or just want to see me do it, watch this lecture video. Of course, if you have questions, you can post them in the discussion area.

Hands-On Outlook: Practice Activity
Section 6: Cutting Edge Office Apps
4 Lectures 46:18

OneNote is a great tool for organizing and other content on-the-fly. In this lecture you'll learn how to master all the best features, including OneNote Clipper.

Get to Know OneNote

Office Lens is a great free app for Apple, Android and Windows mobile device that lets you take photos of business cards, whiteboards, paper documents, and photos. You can store them in OneNote and make them searchable...even automatically convert business cards to Outlook contacts without typing any text at all.

Using Office Lens

Sway is a easy new way to publish, online, photos, slideshows, stories, and more. You don't need a web site or any knowledge of HTML or WordPress to use it. And it's completely free, but the app and the publishing. In this lecture you'll learn how to master this important new tool for publishing online.

Free and Easy Online Publishing with Sway

BONUS LECTURE: Lots more free stuff
About the Instructor
Alan Simpson
4.4 Average rating
210 Reviews
11,539 Students
4 Courses
Web Developer, Author, Online Educator

Alan Simpson is the award-winning author of over 115 computer books published throughout the world in over a dozen languages. He has also been an instructor for nearly four decades, having taught thousands of students throughout the world. He has often been called a "master communicator" and consistently receives high ratings the positive reviews from his students.

Alan has been deeply involved in tech since the earliest days of personal computing, serving first as programmer and consultant, and more recently as a web developer. However, his masters degree in the psychology of learning and motivation prepared him well for sharing his extensive technical knowledge. His courses have ranged from beginner basics to advanced web programming.

Currently Alan has online courses on Ed2Go, Teachable, Skillshare, and Udemy. He also holds COMPTIA Security+ and Hootsuite Academy Social Media Marketing Credentials.