With all of the available options for online distance learning, it seems that there are infinite options to reach any educational goals desired if you have a computer and an Internet connection. Unfortunately it can be more difficult than this if you are not proficient in the common basic software programs, such as Microsoft Office, that many online correspondence courses require. This can often slow down the pace of the online learner, and lead to frustration as they struggle to both keep up with course material and with figuring out how to use all of the programs within the Microsoft Office Suite. Much like just about any other subject out there, Microsoft Office online distance learning courses are available to help you feel comfortable using this program.

GCFLearningFree.org (GCF) is a free online distance learning program for Microsoft Office. GCF is a program created by Goodwill Industries and offers over 750 lessons on different course material. With the GCF program, online learners can take either one class or an entire program. This is a great option for those who are completely new to Microsoft Office, or those who are just looking to enhance their existing skills. Tutorial programs include Office 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010 and XP. They also have free online tutorials for Windows 7, the most recent Windows release.

Another excellent option for distance online Microsoft Office courses is Free Training Tutorial (FTT). FTT was formed by an information technology (IT) teacher and tutor, and she realized that she could reach a broader audience by creating tutorial videos and uploading them on a website. FTT offers comprehensive video tutorials on Word, Excel, PowerPoint and much more. There is even an entire video course offering a full Word video course which includes even the most basic of lessons such has formatting text, selecting text, working with spell check and the very helpful “keyboard shortcuts” video.

TechTut.com is another free online Microsoft Office tutorial video website that also offers a forum where learners can ask questions of others who are more well-versed with computer programs. Tutorials are uploaded by pre-approved computer tutors, many of whom are available for questions through the websites forums. The online video tutorials range from beginners to advanced, and are a great option for those who best learn through interaction with others.

While there are many paid Microsoft Office online learning programs that are comprehensive and helpful, there are great free options that will give you the skills you need to get started comfortably using any of the programs within the Microsoft Office.