Create Office documents in your web browser

Using Office Online, you can create Office documents in your web browser. You can edit the online documents in a web browser and in the Office applications that run on your desktop computer (Windows or Mac), mobile device, or Windows Phone. They can also be viewed in a cell phone’s web browser.

Office Online are for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files. To create a document, go to

  1. Sign in at
    If you don’t have an account, click Sign up on the sign-in page.
  2. Click the type of document you want to create: Word document, Excel workbook, PowerPoint presentation, or OneNote notebook.
    Create New Document
  3. Type a name for the document, and then click Create.
    The document opens for editing in the appropriate Office Online program.
  4. Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online save your changes automatically. When you are finished in these Office Online programs, click Close near the top of the web page.
  5. In Word Online, above the ribbon, click Save before closing the Office Online program.
    Save command

With the document stored on OneDrive, you can access it anytime with a web browser to view, edit, or share it. If you want to work with the document in your Office desktop application click the document to open it in Office Online, and then click Open in Word, Open in Excel, Open in PowerPoint, or Open in OneNote to edit the document in the Office desktop application.

Open in Word command

For more information about Office Online, see Get started at

Applies to:
Office 2013