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SummaryRequest access to Microsoft Office 365 for your RCS devices
AuthorMaintained by Jonathan King
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StatusUp-to-date for the 2023-2024 school year.

Alternatives to Office

As a Google Apps for Education school we strongly suggest you use Google Drive for your collaborative and student-facing work; this is the system we will provide robust support for.

However, you've been using Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint for what feels like a million years, how could you possibly stop? We have the answers! The Google Apps suite of Docs, Sheets and Slides fully cover the needs of almost everyone at RCS. Google Apps can display and edit the vast majority of your existing Word, Excel and Powerpoint slides without issue both online and offline. Some more complex documents that take advantage of advanced features in Microsoft Office will not migrate well to Google, but you still have options!

  • OpenOffice is the gold standard in office suites and can open/edit all Microsoft Office documents. And it's free!
  • LibreOffice is another great choice, and it's free too!
  • Apple supplies iWork (including Pages, Numbers and Keynote) with every Mac, and it can open/edit Word and Excel documents just fine.

Any of the above options can open and edit all Microsoft Office documents. Did you know that you can easily do the same in Google Drive? Follow Google's handy guide to get started.

Requesting Office

In order to install the latest version of MS Office for your device, you need to submit a tech support request that clearly outlines the specific Riverdale-related needs you have that cannot be met by the Google suite. If the request is approved you will be able to log into using your Riverdale Account to see your available applications.

Installing Office

Mac Users: via the Mac App Store

Microsoft Office 365 Apps can be installed via the Mac App Store. To do so search for "Microsoft Office 365" and click "VIEW" next to Microsoft Office 365.


Afterwards you can click "GET" next to "Complete my bundle" or you can click "GET" next to each individual app you would like to install.


Windows users: via

After logging into, please click on Install Office followed by Office 365 apps as shown below.

Your download of MS Office will begin shortly after. Once your download is complete, find the downloaded .pkg or .exe and double click.

Customize Install

Customized installation allows you to add only the apps/programs you will need and avoids using up extra hard drive space.

To do so, click   and select only the apps you need installed. After you have selected the apps to install, click install and the installation will begin.


Activating Office

To activate Office, launch one of the Office apps (Word, Excel, etc.) and sign in with your RCS email address and password. Until you do so, Office will run in a limited mode.