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Online training software

Learn new skills with our online training software. You can use keywords to search for features that you need help with.

To access this online training you first need to request an account.

  1. Please ensure you enter your University email address
  2. You will receive an email to your University account giving you your password.
  3. Once you are logged in to your account, change your password from the Profile area via the tab at the top of the page.
  4. Your personal account will enable you to track your training and, if you complete an entire course, will allow you to print your own certificate of completion.
Course title Course description Course login
Word - A complete guide for Word users at all levels
Tables and Images - Working with Tables
- Working with Pictures
- Working with Shapes
- Working with Objects
Format your dissertation in Word - Styles
- Formatting the Page
- References tools
- Viewing your document
- Reviewing your document
- Some extra features
Course title Course description Course login
PowerPoint - A complete guide for PowerPoint users at all levels
Basics - Getting Started with Presentations
- Inserting and Editing Text
- Formatting Text
- Formatting a Presentation
- Inserting images
- Giving your presentation
Enhancing Your Presentations - Formatting a Presentation
- Working with Tables
- Applying Transition and Animations
- Working with Charts and SmartArt
- Working with Multimedia
- Finalizing a Presentation
Course title Course description Course login
Excel - A complete guide for Excel users at all levels
Basics - Getting Started with Worksheets
- Editing a Worksheet
Charts - Creating a Chart
- Working with chart data
- Chart layouts & types
Analysing Data - Conditional formatting
- Sorting and Filtering
- Pivot tables
Formulas & Functions (includes V Look Ups) - Getting started with worksheets
- More functions and formulas
Pivot Tables - Create a pivot table
- Update data; change layout
- Create a pivot chart
Macros - Recording a Macro
- Playing and deleting a Macro
- Adding a Macro to the Quick Access Toolbar
Course title Course description Course login
Access - A complete guide for Access users at all levels
Course title Course description Course login
Project - A complete guide for Project users at all levels
Course title Course description Course login
2013 Basics - The Fundamentals
- Managing Lists
Connecting and Collaborating - Working with Lists
- Working with Libraries
- Working with Blogs, Wikis, and Workspaces
- Using SharePoint with Office
Managing your site - Managing sites

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Online Workbooks

Our workbooks combine learning material with accompanying task-based practical exercises, so that you can learn at your own pace and practice your new skills using the sample exercise files. Popular titles include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. Learn more

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Get Ahead with Computing, Library & Study Essentials

Starts: 23 Aug 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Aug 2017 1:00 PM
Venue: Allerton c811 Walk up the main stairs to access the lifts. Go up to Level 7/8. Walk up to level 8, turn left to find room C811 first door on the right.
This one hour session will introduce you to the Library services available during your time at the University.

It is preferable that you book a place but students are welcome to turn up on the day.

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Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 certification

Boost your CV whilst learning new skills that will benefit your studies and working life, with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016. It’s a globally recognised IT qualification available to current students and staff at Salford University.

This is a self-taught study programme, so all the resources you need to pass your chosen MOS certification/s are available online. This allows you to practice in your own time, at your own pace.

Microsoft Office Specialist

Become certified as a specialist in one, any, or all of these applications.

Microsoft Office Expert

Become certified as an Expert in one or both of these applications

Microsoft Office Master

Become certified as a Master – the highest MOS certification. To become a MOS Master 2016, you must successfully complete four exams in total:

  • Required: Word Expert
  • Required: Excel Expert
  • Required: PowerPoint
  • Elective: Access or Outlook

MOS is more suited to people who have some existing knowledge of an application. The exams test you on a wide breadth of knowledge of each application, and require you to complete tasks that are a random mix of basic and intermediate levels.

Beginners can still join the MOS programme, but the learning curve will be a lot steeper. If you are new to an application, then we recommend you first use our University online training. It is not related to the MOS programme but it covers many of the topics and provides that essential linear path of learning – starting with the basics and moving towards more advanced features.

Online training

Free online training software – GMetrix - is available online for Windows devices. [Not available for Macs]

It offers practice tests in training and testing modes which simulate real MOS exams.


Microsoft approved workbooks, which map directly to exam objectives, are available on Blackboard.

The pass mark for MOS exams is 70%.

When you find that you are reaching 70-80% pass marks in the GMetrix practice tests you can consider yourself ready for the exam of your chosen application. When you are ready to take an exam, book a place on one of our exam sessions via Advantage.

Exam sessions are invigilated and take place on campus twice a month, with additional sessions scheduled nearer summer graduation. To find out when they are and to book your place, click on one of the dates below. The exam sessions are published on Advantage.

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There is no charge for The Library’s Microsoft Office Specialist programme. It is only available to current students and staff at Salford University.

Want to know more?

Find our detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) via The Library’s Microsoft Office Specialist link on Blackboard, or contact

If you’ve tried our elearning or a classroom session, but need more help, you can request a one-to-one appointment with a Digital Skills Trainer. To make an appointment,