NHCC has teamed up with Microsoft to offer current students, staff and faculty FREE products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more!

Free Applications

Students, staff, and faculty can download Office 365 ProPlus up to five times on their desktop/laptops, and mobile devices. After you leave NHCC, the software will be available for a short time before the software license expires. Once the software license expires, you can still view your Microsoft Office files.

Refer to the following table for available applications on your computer or mobile device:






Word X X X X
Excel X X X X
PowerPoint X X X X
Lync/Skype for Business X X X X
Outlook X X X X
OneDrive X X X
OneNote X X X X
Publisher X
Access X
InfoPath X

Installation Instructions

  1. Login to your NHCC Email

  2. Within your email, click on the Office 365 logo at the top of the page if you’re not already in the apps view.

  3. Click the "Install Office App" button near the top of the page.

  4. Select the “Office 365 Apps” option to download the software.

  5. Follow instructions (depending on your web browser) to download and install Office.

  6. Once Office 365 ProPlus is installed, you will find your programs within the start Menu on Windows or Launch Pad on a Mac.

  7. ACTIVATION - The first time you start an Office app, chose to login - and use the format StarID@go.minnstate.edu (using your StarID) and password. This will activate the software and enable full Office functionality and software updates. Office will have to re-activate every 30 days.

If you get a pop-up message indicating the "Click-to-Run installer encountered a problem because you have Windows Installer based programs installed on your computer", you may need to uninstall the older version of Microsoft Office already on your computer. Click the Go online for additional help link for more information about and how to resolve the error.

Please contact the IT HelpDesk at helpdesk@nhcc.edu or by phone at 763-424-0957 if you need any assistance.

Mobile Devices

Set up Office Apps and email on a mobile device.

Quick Start Guides