Starting with Office 365


Office 365 is available for people who have a URMC email address. This includes the following groups:

  • Matriculated students in the School of Nursing
  • Employees (faculty/staff) in the School of Nursing
  • Employees of URMC who are non-matriculated students in the School of Nursing

A URMC email account is a minimum requirement for continued access (for instance, students will lose their URMC account after graduation). Be sure to keep appropriate backups of any data.

Getting Help

Microsoft has tremendous information on their web site in a few locations:

There are also typically great videos on YouTube describing specific functions.

Alternatively, contact SONHelp to get support.

Account Registration

Register for your account with your URMC email address. You will need to receive an email to verify that you are creating the account and your email address is valid, but you should choose a new password (your URMC password is not used by Microsoft).

Choose the appropriate designation for yourself (student or teacher). There is not a significant distinction for the URMC environment, so neither answer is incorrect.

When you configure your password, use a long / secure password, preferably different from your URMC or NetID passwords.

You will be encouraged to set up a backup authentication method. Both a cell phone number and a personal email address must be provided. This will help you get back in if you get locked out: you are using a different password than your URMC account uses, so this is very important for self-service.

Set up backup authentication method

Getting Started with Office

After signing in, Office will offer a link for downloading Office.

Install Office button

Clicking this link will start a download on your computer, and show instructions for the next steps.

Download instructions popup

After completing the download, run the installer from the appropriate place on your computer. On a Mac, it looks something like this:

Installer screen

On the first launch of an Office app, you'll see a screen helping introduce you to new features.

New Features

After this, you'll be prompted to activate Office.

Activation splash screen

And then you'll be prompted for your URMC email address and the password you set up for Office 365.

Sign in to Office 365

Office will ask you which color theme it should use.

Choose color theme

After this, you'll be set!

You're All Set

Post-Install Notes

File Locations

Office will allow you to store things in several places. Unlike older versions of Office, it takes a "cloud-first" approach, so be sure to consider "On my Computer" if you are looking for existing documents.

  • OneDrive -- tied to your URMC account
  • SharePoint -- also tied to your URMC account
  • On my Computer

If you use Box Sync and want to store things in Box, you need to choose "On my Computer" first and then find your Box Sync folder.

Opening files in Word 2016

Data Access

A URMC account is a requirement to access data stored in the Microsoft Live Drive service.