Hello, fellow learners. 

Deadlines can be stressful enough without the added worry of file incompatibilities. Most of us have been there: you’re trying to submit an assignment and INVALID FILE TYPE or something similar flashes angrily across the center of your screen. It’s a real bummer. 

One way of avoiding this is to use the correct software, since most built-in word processors have more basic versions of the required Microsoft Office that aren’t always accepted by online submitting portals. Don’t worry about it! Through your enrollment at this institution, you have access to the entirety of Office 365.  


Navigate to http://office.vccs.edu/. 

Once there, login with your full John Tyler email address (like abc123@email.vccs.edu). 

Enter your password. 

If it asks if you want to stay signed in, that’s totally up to you. 

When you get to the Office 365 homepage, you’ll see an icon in the top right corner that says Install Office 

If you click on it, you’ll get two options. Click the first, Office 365 apps (includes Outlook, OneDrive for Business, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more). 

Follow the given instructions, and you’re all set! 

 Microsoft Word instructions

Happy typing! 

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