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Introduction to Office 365 / E-mail

 

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Office 365 provides a range of services to students and staff to facilitate communication and sharing of information including documents and other files.

E-mail

The Office 365 official school e-mail can be accessed via the web by typing the following URL in the address bar of your browser or just clicking on the link below. You can also Google "Office 365 login".

https://login.microsoftonline.com

Creating a shortcut on your desktop to your E-mail

A handier way to access your e-mail is to create a shortcut on your desktop. To do this first copy the URL or address (https://login.microsoftonline.com). Then right-click on your desktop, choose New > Shortcut. Then paste the URL into the box where it says: "Type the location for the item". Click Next then type a name for it such as "E-mail Office 365". Then click Finish agus sin é! From now on all you have to do to access your e-mail is click on this shortcut.

Making a Favorite/Bookmark for your E-mail

When you are in the welcome screen which asks for your username and password just click on the toolbar icon (usually a star) to "Add to Favorites" (IE) or "Bookmark this Page" (Mozilla Firefox). From then on just click on the star and choose the Office 365 favorite/bookmark.

Accessing your E-mail

To access your e-mail click on the shortcut or on the link above. Then input your user name and password. For students the e-mail address is normally This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. while for teachers it is normally This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You get your first password from the office. When you enter this password for the first time you are prompted to make up a new one. Write down your new password in a secure and secret location, not in your phone which may be lost.

Using your Office 365 e-mail via the web gives you access to other features such as your calendar, SkyDrive, People (e-mail addresses of other students and teachers). There are a number of features on Office 365 apart from your e mail. You can check school events on the calendar. You can make appointments with the calendar. With the people feature you can send e-mails to groups within the school. With the SkyDrive feature you can read files shared with you on the SkyDrive.

Another way to access your e-mail is by using Microsoft Outlook. One advantage of this method is that you can read e-mails from your other e-mail accounts here also, but you do not have access to the other Office 365 services from within MS Outlook.

I am told that an OWA app (Outlook Web App) is available for smart phones although I have not used it yet. For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlook_Web_App.

Changing your password and adding a shortcut

E-mail in Office365.pdf - Carel explains in living colour how to create a desktop shortcut to your e-mail in Windows 7 and how to change your password.

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