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Computing Guide: Microsoft Office (Office 365)

A guide to computing at Berkeley Law.

Microsoft Office

UC Berkeley provides all students with the Microsoft Office suite for free while they are enrolled at the school. The software will continue working as long as you remain an official Berkeley student, but will expire very soon after you graduate.

This software is provided and managed by Campus IST, not the law school. While we can help walk you through the downloading and installation process, we cannot provide the software to you ourselves, nor can we answer some account-related questions. For these questions, you need to contact or reach out to Campus IST.

Obtaining the software

The Microsoft Office suite, along with many other pieces of software licensed by the campus, is available at Software @ Berkeley. To directly access campus information and instructions about your Microsoft software options, click here. Here are basic steps for downloading and installing the software:

  1. Visit and click Sign In
  2. Type in your full email address and click Next (no password needed). If prompted, select the Work or school account option. You will be redirected to a Berkeley CalNetAD page.
  3. Type in your CalNet username and passphrase and Sign in. If your autofilled username includes "" at the end, delete that part of it before signing in. Complete CalNet 2-Step authentication if prompted.
  4. Once you are logged in, Click Install Office, download and run the installer, and follow the prompts to install Office.

You can download Office for your Windows or Macintosh laptop. You should also be able to use your Office 365 account to download and use Office apps on your mobile devices.

More detailed instructions (with screenshots) have been provided by campus for Mac or for Windows (***links are Google Docs and require you to be logged in with your account).

More information about the products and support, including support for mobile devices (Chromebooks, tablets and phones) can be found here.

Microsoft OneNote

Many students like to use OneNote to take notes in class. For Windows users, the Microsoft Office suite includes OneNote software that you can use to save local notebooks on your computer. (To use OneDrive storage, follow the same instructions as Mac users below.)

For Mac users, the campus Microsoft Office suite does include OneNote, but does not include OneDrive. OneNote for Mac requires the use of OneDrive. Campus will not enable OneDrive for accounts, so you must create a (free) personal OneDrive account and link it to OneNote in order to use the software.

To create a free personal Microsoft account, visit and click Sign in. You will be given the option to create an account if you do not have one. This account cannot be created using your email address.

Once you have a personal Microsoft account:

  1. Open OneNote. Authorize the application using your CalNet information if necessary.
  2. Click on the '<' icon near the top left of the window to reveal your account. (If you do not see the '<' icon, look in the lower left corner of the OneNote window instead - you should see a circle containing your initials or account icon there. Click on that instead.)
  3. Click on your name, then click on the '+' next to Connected Services. Click on OneDrive (NOT for Business), then log in with your new personal ( account credentials.

These steps will allow you to use the university-provided OneNote software with your personal OneDrive account.

Alternatively, Mac users can download Microsoft OneNote for free through the App Store on your Mac and create a OneDrive account to use with it.

Help & Support

Email computing staff at

Chat with computing staff HERE during remote support hours.

Walk-in support available at the law library front desk (labtechs).

Lab Hours

The computer lab is open (to Berkeley Law students only) whenever the Law Library is open (but not during the Main Reading Room-only hours). Please consult our hours here or reach out to us through email or chat for technical assistance.