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September 27, 2018
by Rachael Inake

Google Docs, a free alternative to Microsoft Word

We received a suggestion in our suggestion box to share that Google Docs is a great free alternative to Microsoft Word. This is a collaborative post with the EMC and ITG Help Desk.

Google Docs

Google Docs logoWith our Google@UH G Suite accounts, we (including students) have access to free Google apps including, Google Docs, which you can use as an alternative to Microsoft Word. A few of the added benefits of Google Docs are:

  • It lives online so you can access it from anywhere you have Internet connection.
  • You can share and collaborate on docs with other users.
  • If you need your Google Doc as a Word doc, it has the ability to download as a Word doc and other formats such as PDF and RTF.

Try it today with your Google@UH account by going to

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word logoIf you’re a fan of Microsoft Office, the campus has a license agreement with Microsoft where the ITG Help Desk can provide one copy of MS Office for home usage based on the following rules:

  • A Full-time Faculty or Staff can borrow a copy of MS Office by signing an agreement form at Helpdesk
  • A DVD containing the installation is given to complete the installation at home and must be returned within 24hrs.
  • The version and platform should be the same as the one installed at your office computer; for example, Windows / Office 2016 at your office to Windows (not Mac) / Office 2016 at home.
  • Upon leaving campus employment, the software must be uninstalled.

Please contact or see the ITG Help Desk to sign the agreement form. Office: LC 101. Phone: 455-0271. Email:

Alternatively, if you’re a teacher or student, you can download MS Office 365 (which includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more) online for free at

November 16, 2013
by Leanne Riseley

Suggestion Box

We want to hear from you! What burning technology question do you have that we can quickly answer? In discussion with your colleagues, do you find you are asking each other how to do something? If so, please use this suggestion box to suggest a topic.

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