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Guide to Free Online Teaching for Microsoft Office

written by: erichammer•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 6/30/2010

Need to learn about Microsoft Office but don't know where to turn? Trying to find training for Microsoft Office 2010 but don't want to pay for it? No problem! We've rounded up the best free online teaching for Microsoft Office programs available.

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    The Best Free Online Teaching Programs for Microsoft Office

    Are you trying to learn more about Microsoft office? If so, you are not alone. Microsoft office is by far the most popular office suite on the planet. However, in addition to being a popular suite of programs, it is also one of the most complex suites of software every created. No to worry though - there is help. We’ve gathered a list of the best free online teaching programs for Microsoft Office. These courses will take you through how to use Microsoft Office and will let you learn Microsoft Office at your own pace.

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    Microsoft Office Training From Microsoft

    Microsoft famously does not offer much in the way of telephone support for Microsoft Office. However, that doesn’t mean they leave their customers in the lurch. The Microsoft supported Microsoft Office Training Online is one of the most comprehensive programs there is. And the best part? It’s all free. The training program from Microsoft is quite extensive and offers a variety of different modules, covering the most recent three versions of the popular office suite, including Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007 and the brand new Microsoft Office 2010. In addition, when you drop by for a visit, you can see a demonstration showing you what’s new in Microsoft Office 2010. The one issue some users may have with it is that like the Office suite itself, the training is so comprehensive that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. If you feel that way, there is no need to panic. Several other training programs exist as well.

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    ActDEN (Digital Education Network)

    Unlike the Microsoft Office Online Training web site, the ActDEN web site covers a smattering of all three of the most recent versions of Microsoft Office, such as Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. However, to its credit, unlike the knowledgebase style employed by the Microsoft side, ActDEN chose a much simpler interface, which while less comprehensive is a much easier to understand training program for Microsoft Office. The system here is designed using a simple set of slides to let you browse through the various modules and to actually see, visually, how to use the basic feature of Microsoft Office products.

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    Learning Electric

    Learning Electric takes a different approach to offering Microsoft Office online training. Rather than using the slide approach from ActDEN or the knowledgebase approach from Microsoft, they use videos showing you what to do in order to perform certain actions using Microsoft Office products. Unfortunately, the web site appears to cover only Microsoft Office 2003 so users of the newer versions of Microsoft Office will need to look elsewhere.

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    HP Learning Center

    Similarly to the Learning Electric web site, HP offers a series of instructor led, online videos which will allow you to see how to perform particular tasks in the Microsoft Office suite. The videos appear to be focused on Office 2007, however since there is not much difference between Office 2007 and Office 2010 as far as the interface is concerned, these videos should provide a good basic introduction to Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010. The other issue with the videos is that they cover only the basic functions of Microsoft Office 2007, which is useful for those brand new to the software, but not as useful for those who need more complex information.

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