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Microsoft (Office) 365

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Only the online browser-based version of Microsoft Office 365, which includes the full suite of Office products, is offered free to educators and students (suite is online access only; suite should not be downloaded and installed on your computer). You need to sign up with your UH email.


Microsoft 365 offers several advantages over the previous editions of Office. For more information on the Microsoft 365 Suite (formally Office 365) please visit the Microsoft 365 website.

Key Features:

  • Features are automatically updated
  • Cloud storage and backup of files
  • Online collaboration and sharing
  • Access your files anywhere on any device
  • Easy to use document accessibility checker

Microsoft 365 Site

We highly encourage all users to utilize the new document accessibility checker to ensure that individuals with vision and learning disabilities can easily access the information. The accessibility checker is designed to guide and train users in the basics of accessibility. The checker is automatic (once activated) and works in the background as you type. Most of the fixes are now fully automated or guided.

Using the Accessibility Checker

The accessibility checker provides a list of issues to be fixed for each document.

Check Accessibility button location - Microsoft WordThe 'Check Accessibility' tool is found in the 'Review' ribbon

Accessibility fixes also allow exported PDFs to be readable to all audiences.

Higlighted Accessibility Issues in Microsoft WordThe results of the Accessibility Check are listed at right, along with suggested fixes

Displaying Math Equations in Word

Microsoft 365 supports unicode and Latex formats for displaying math equations. To insert an equation using the keyboard, press ALT+ =, and then type the equation.

screenshot of the 'Equations' tab, on the 'Design' ribbon, in Word 365The ‘Equation’ tab, where math formulae may be entered, is found in the ‘Design’ ribbon on Word 365.

Read detailed instructions at Microsoft’s website.

Training and Tutorials

Source Subject UH Account Required?
Microsoft Microsoft 365 Training Series No
Microsoft Accessibility Video Training Series No
GCF Global Office Training Tutorials No