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How to Use Microsoft Word Online in OneDrive and Dropbox

Microsoft Word 2016 is a graphical word processing program used to type with. The computer company Microsoft makes it, and its purpose is to type and save documents. Moreover, you can use Microsoft Word online on any internet connected computer and get access to your documents from anywhere. In the article below I am going to show you step by step how to use Microsoft Word Online in OneDrive and Dropbox.

How to Use Microsoft Word Online

To get started, open up your web browser and go to this address Microsoft.com then you will be brought to Microsoft’s home page. Now, to use word online, you need to have a Microsoft 365 account. If you have an account, you can sign in, but if you don’t have an account, you need to create an account.

To sign in, click on sign in and sign in page will pop up. You need to enter your E-mail address, phone number or skype. Then click Next, then you’ll be asked to enter your password, enter your password and click sign in.

 How to Create Microsoft 365 account

If you don’t have any account, you can create one. After clicking sign in, you can click on create an account to create your account.

Create new Microsoft Account
Create new Microsoft Account

As you click on to create one account, another page will pop up where you’ll be asked to enter your name, username which could be your e-mail address from g mail, Yahoo! Or outlook.com; password, country/region, date of birth, gender.

And to protect your info, you can enter country code and phone number. Lastly, in order to make sure that you are not a robot, you’ll be given some characters that you’ll have to enter below the characters in the box, or you can also choose to listen to the audio  to make sure that you are a human and lastly, press create an account.

On the next page, you’ll be informed that you are sent an e-mail to make sure you own the email. Then you’ll have to check your inbox and follow up the instructions to finish setting up your account. In case you haven’t received the email you can click to resend email. As you verify your email, your account will be set up.

Verify Your Email
Verify Your Email

After signing in or creating your account, you’ll be taken to the standard information page to your Microsoft 365 account. You will then have to click on the button on the top left to open up different Microsoft online apps. Microsoft office opens up different apss including online Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, for your office account. You can choose the app you need to proceed with, here I am choosing the word.

The start screen for Word online

When you click on the word online, immediately, you’ll get to a very similar interface that looks just like the start screen of Word on Windows. Here you can choose to use any of the temples or a blank document. When you choose a new document, you need to make to either open and save your document on your one Drive or Dropbox account. And now, you can start using your document.

Accessing your documents online
Accessing your documents online

You can also open and start editing your recent documents, if your documents are already stored on an online cloud storage tool, specifically on one drive or Dropbox.

How to Open your document from One Drive

If you have a Microsoft 365 account, then you also have a one drive account where you can store your files. Once you have opened your one drive, you find and open your document you won’t be able to edit until you choose the edit option.

One Drive Documents
One Drive Documents

To edit it, choose your document, and it will open up, but you won’t be able to edit until you click on the edit the document. In the next step, you will be given two options, either to edit in word or word online. If you already have the word application installed. You can choose to edit on word if you have the application; it would then download the document and ready for editing. But if don’t have or you want to use the online word then click on edit in word online which will flip you over the document editing view.

Edit Word online
Edit Word online

You can also be given the options before the document opens if you want to use online word service to edit your document.

How to open your document from Dropbox

Not only you can open your document from One Drive but also from Dropbox account. To open from Dropbox, you can choose the option open from Dropbox on the start screen. If this option isn’t yet available, you can add it from the Add a place option right below the open from Dropbox option.

Accessing Document from Dropbox
Accessing Document from Dropbox

If you have not signed in, after clicking on the option open from Dropbox; you’ll be asked to sign in to your Dropbox account. Enter our email and password and click sign in. But if you don’t have an account you can create one.


As you are signed in, your Dropbox account will be opened, and you can choose your document. If this is the first time you are going to open your document from Dropbox, you’ll be asked for permission too.

When you open your file from Dropbox, you’ll be given all the options without the menu on the backstage. This way you can use from your documents online.

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Nparts UA April 10, 2020 at 4:18 pm

great post, very informative. I ponder why the other experts of this sector don’t understand this. You must proceed your writing.
I am confident, you have a great readers’ base already!

Admin Learn ESL April 10, 2020 at 10:20 pm

I am glad it helped you.


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