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How to install Microsoft Office to your computer using Microsoft's cloud based service, Office 365.

Before you start

Geneseo is part of the SUNY Partnership Microsoft Campus Agreement for Microsoft Office. As a Geneseo student, faculty or staff member, you can download and install a free copy of the Microsoft Office suite. (This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and OneNote). You can install Office 365 on up to five computers (Mac OS or Windows) and up to five mobile devices (smartphones or tablets). 

What happens when my account is deleted?

If or when your SUNY Geneseo account is deleted, you will need to purchase Microsoft Office on your own.  If you choose to let your subscription expire, the Office software applications enter read-only mode, which means that you can view or print existing documents, but you can’t edit them or create new ones. To return to full Office functionality, you can purchase a new version of Office by visiting You could also use Office Online for free for basic editing.

Signing in for the first time

Accessing the Office 365 Cloud Page and Download Page for Office

  1. Go to:
  2. Enter your full Geneseo email into the field under the section titled Get Office 365 for free.
  3. Click Get Started.
  4. On the next page, click I'm a Student if you are a student, or I'm a Teacher if you're faculty.
  5. Click Sign in. If Microsoft says that you do not have an account with them, please contact the CIT HelpDesk (call (585) 245-5588 or email or visit them in Milne Library whenever the library is open for assistance.
  6. Enter your Geneseo password in box.
  7. Either Yes or No are acceptable options on this screen.
  8. Select Your date of birth (Month you were born, day you were born, and year you were born), do not check the box to allow Microsoft to share your information with their partners, and click Start.
  9. Click Skip.
  10. Finally, you will arrive at the Microsoft Office Home page. To access the online version of any of the office apps, click on their icon on this page. You can also see documents stored in the Cloud Version of Office. (Note: The cloud version of the Office Suite is a limited version. Some features may not be available.) All documents created will be stored on the Cloud with a 1TB allotment of storage space. 

    Google Apps is Geneseo's primary collaborative application suite and CIT recommends that you use Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides instead of Office 365 for group work. Sign into Google Drive with your Geneseo account to use those apps:

Signing in after the first time

Accessing the Office 365 Cloud Page and Download Page for Office

  1. Go to:
  2. Click Sign in.
  3. Enter your Geneseo email and password and click Sign in. (If you said yes to stay signed in, you may only need to click next on this screen.)

    1. If you are asked to Stay Signed In again, select either option based off your preference.
    2. If you're not automatically navigated to the Microsoft Office Home page, click on your account in the top right hand corner, click on the the ellipsis (the three dots) on the dropdown, and then click Work, school, or university.
  4. You will arrive at the Microsoft Office Home page.

Downloading Office and Accessing the Cloud Apps

Downloading and Installing Office Steps

  1. Click Install Office, and select Office 365 Apps.

  2. Follow the instructions on screen to download Microsoft Office 365.
  3. Once downloaded and installed you will need to sign-in with your Geneseo email and password to activate Microsoft Office, no product key required!

How to Use Office 365 Cloud

  1. Sign-in using one of the methods above.
  2. Select Start new or choose the application you want to open. 


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For questions, contact the CIT HelpDesk by calling (585) 245-5588, visiting us in Milne Library, or visiting our online service desk.