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Microsoft Teams: Get Started

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams LogoWhat is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is collaboration software that allows groups of people to interact, meet, and work together online. It allows you to become a member of a team, which is a self contained site, for groups that you create or are invited into. This is similar to the way classes work in Moodle, though here you can create your own groups, to study together or work on a group project, for example. With Teams you and your study or project groups can

  • Communicate with group members via individual chat or discussion boards called "Channels."
  • Hold group meetings with video and/or audio and schedule them at the times that work for you.
  • Call team members directly using voice or video.
  • Share your computer screen with others or collaborate on a whiteboard.
  • Save and share files with your group.
  • Integrate a wide variety of external web apps and tools, including the Google suite of tools.

Microsoft Teams is part of the Microsoft 365 suite of software that also includes Word, Excel, Outlook and more. VGCC students already have access to Microsoft 365. If you haven't installed Microsoft 365 yet, learn how to do so on the VGCC  website, or see the instructions on this page.

Getting started with Microsoft Teams

Signing in to Teams via the Web

You can access Teams via web browser or by installing the Microsoft Teams app on your computer. The app offers more features than the browser version.

  1. Using a supported web browser, (Chrome, Edge, or Safari) navigate to to the Teams sign-in page.
  2. Under "Sign in," type in your VGCC email address, then click the "Next" button. (Did you know? VGCC students are already signed up for Microsoft Teams! You do not need to sign up for a new account.)
  3. Enter your VGCC email password, then click "Sign in."
  4. Select whether you want to stay signed on.
  5. If offered the choice, and you want to use the web app, click "Use the web app instead."

Learn More

Haven't used Teams before? These resources have instructions and suggestions for getting started and getting the most out of teams.

More Information

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Install Office 365

How to install Office 365

Sign in to download Office

  1. Go to and if you’re not already signed in, select Sign in.
  2. Sign in with your VanguardID. This is the same username and password combination you use for myVGCC.
    • If you do not know or remember your username/password then please visit our VanguardID page. It has more information that could help you recover your information.
  3. From the Office home page select Install Office -> Office 365 Apps to start the download.A drop down menu from the "Install Office" button. Two options, with the first one selected: 1. Office 365 apps. Includes Outlook, OneDrive for Business, Word Excel, PowerPoint and more. 2. Other install options. Select a different language or install other apps available with your subscription.
  4. This completes the download of Office to your device. To complete the installation, follow the prompts in the “Install Office” section below.

Install Office


  1. Depending on your browser, select Run (in Edge or Internet Explorer), Setup (in Chrome), or Save File (in Firefox).
    • If you see the User Account Control prompt that says, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? select Yes.
    • The install begins.
  2. Your install is finished when you see the phrase, “You’re all set! Office is installed now” and an animation plays to show you where to find Office applications on your computer. Select Close.


  1. Once the download has completed, open Finder, go to Downloads, and double-click Microsoft Office installer.pkg file (the name might vary slightly).
    Tip: If you see an error that says the Microsoft Office installer.pkg can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, wait 10 seconds and move the downloaded file to your desktop. Hold Control + click the file to launch the installer.
  2. On the first installation screen, select Continue to begin the installation process.
  3. Review the software license agreement, and then click Continue.
  4. Select Agree to agree to the terms of the software license agreement.
  5. Choose how you want to install Office and click Continue.
  6. Review the disk space requirements or change your install location, and then click Install.
  7. Enter your Mac login password, if prompted, and then click Install Software. (This is the password that you use to log in to your Mac.)
  8. The software begins to install. Click Close when the installation is finished. If Office installation fails, see  What to try if you can’t install or activate Office for Mac .

Activate Office


  1. To open an Office app, select the Start button (lower-left corner of your screen) and type the name of an Office app, like Word.
  2. If you have Windows 8.1 or 8.0, type the name of an Office app on the Start screen.
  3. To open the Office app, select its icon in the search results.
  4. When the Office app opens, accept the license agreement. Office is activated and ready to use.


  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock to display all of your apps.
  2. Click the Microsoft Word icon in the Launchpad.
  3. The What’s New window opens automatically when you launch Word. Click Get Started to start activating. If you need help activating Office, see  Activate Office for Mac . If Office activation fails, see  What to try if you can’t install or activate Office for Mac .

Need help?  Contact the VGCC Library.