Online Microsoft Word Editor: An Easy Way to Edit, Create, and Share Documents

Organizational Management June 11, 2010

Lori Halley

By Lori Halley

I’ve come across many people in the nonprofit world keen to start collaborating online, but their colleagues keep dragging their heels, because they don’t want to learn new software.

I’ve found this especially the case when it comes to Microsoft Word.

However, don't give up hope: it is possible to edit Word documents online for free. 

If this is the case with you, Microsoft’s OneDrive may help you get past this collaboration roadblock. That’s because OneDrive allows you to use the same Microsoft programs your team already knows how to use (like Word), but online. This makes it easy to collaborate and share documents, plus there’s peace of mind knowing everything is backed up and stored on the cloud (couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve had to deal with a deleted or corrupted Word document in the past!).

In short, OneDrive is an online collaboration and storage tool. It integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote from your desktop, mobile device, and the web. Plus, you can upload any other files or photos you may have.

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How to Use The Online Microsoft Word Editor

It only takes 10 seconds to begin using the online Word editor.

To get started, simply go to Word Online and create a Microsoft account, or sign in with an existing account.

Online microsoft word editor

Once you’re logged in, you’ll be taken to a screen where you can select what type of Word template you’d like to start working with.

Online Microsoft Word Editor

I selected a New blank document for this post, as you can see below.

MS Word Online Editor

From there, it’s as easy as using Word as you’ve always done, just in an online Word editor instead of an offline one. If you look in the top right of the screenshot above, you’ll see the share button, where you can share the document with any of your colleagues. 

If you need to open an existing Word document, you will first need to save it to the OneDrive.

First, go to OneDrive. Then click Go to my OneDrive in the top right hand corner.

Then, simply upload your Word documents into your Files. Once you’ve done this, you can go back to Word Online, open them up and begin editing.

Edit MS Word Online

It’s as easy as that. You can now edit a Word document online for free, anytime and anywhere. 

All the best with editing your Word documents online and sharing them with your team! 

And if you’re looking for additional online tools to help manage your board, make sure to download our free guide. It will show you the differences between management tools like Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox.

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  • Sharon Hurley Hall:

    Just had a look at it and it's not a bad start. I can see that it might be useful, though I'm so tied into Google that I'll probably just use it as a backup.

  • Kim_Office_Team:

    Thanks so much for sharing the news about the release of Office Web Apps. If you want to stay informed on the latest Office updates, release info, and news, I invite you to join the Office community on Facebook at



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  • Blase Ciabaton:

    I've been using the Office beta on my laptop for almost 3 months and so far have been very pleased with Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook.  Took some IT support from a good friend to import my contacts into the new Outlook-was able to transfer all of my historical e-mails BUT was never able to get them to drop into their original folders.  All of the above beta apps take a bit of getting used to but are generally very intuitive.  Sometimes my Word and Outlook are slow to open but those are my only real complaints.  Thanks for sharing!  Blase

  • Mati:

    Sharon - you can access Google Docs right from Outlook now with this Free download It's new and loaded with tons of options.Access, edit, drag and drop to email and it all gets saved to the cloud without leaving Outlook. Sharepoint option available too.What I love is no need to change current work habits.


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