Learning Microsoft Office & Office 365

Microsoft Office and Office 365 Training Resources


We provide, and recommend, a number of different resources to help you work more effectively with Microsoft Office and Office 365.  Some of these are provided by the University and others by external organisations offering free access to good quality online tutorials. If you're looking for help with writing a thesis (or any similar large document in Word) why not have a look at our new online video course?

Please note that taught courses within the University are only available to staff and research postgraduates.  All other resources are accessible to any member of the University community.

Self-study materials

You will find a number of University of Bristol resources, suitable for self-study, on the following pages (note that any resources for Office 2013 can also be used for Office 2016):

Word icon Microsoft Word (and our Word for Theses online tutorial)

Excel icon Microsoft Excel

PowerPoint icon Microsoft PowerPoint (and our PowerPoint for Academic Posters online tutorial)

Access icon See Microsoft Access learning and support.

Also see IT Services' Office 365 website (which includes links to Office 2016 support resources).

Recommended online resources

The University has subscribed to Lynda.com for a 1 year trial period. However, this is only being made available to staff (including honorary) and postgraduate research students during the pilot phase. The pilot trial runs until mid-September 2017. For further information on accessing and using Lynda.com please see the landing page

We've evaluated a number of other free online resources for IT Training which are accessible to all.  If you have a specific problem and require an immediate answer a Google search will often provide some solutions via resources such as You Tube. However, if you're after a more structured resource for learning about an application the following sites are worth investigating.

Want to find out more about learning online?  Read our intro guide

1. Microsoft support resources


Microsoft provides comprehensive Office and Office 365 business training and tutorials.

2. GCF Learnfree.org



GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos and interactive resources. It covers a number of IT related subjects but has a section dedicated to Microsoft Office - http://www.gcflearnfree.org/office which provides well presented tutorials on a wide variety of subjects for all the latest versions of Office.

3. Alison



Alison.com offers a large number of Digital Literacy and IT Skills courses

Want to find out more about learning online?  Read our intro guide

Taught courses

We offer a small number of taught courses in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access suitable for staff and postgraduate research students.

Courses are currently available for Microsoft Office 2013.

If you can't make it to a taught session, or you prefer learning by yourself, we offer regular, bookable self-paced learning sessions. You can attend as many of these sessions as you like and teach yourself from course workbooks.  You will benefit from having dedicated time away from the office and having a trainer present throughout your session, who is available to assist with any problems or questions you may have.

Word icon PowerPoint iconAcademic uses of Office

Our Academic use of Microsoft Office page highlights some courses, video tutorials and pointers to other learning resources that may be of particular interest to students and academic staff. Currently these are:


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