This year a few changes are coming to the Microsoft Office training sessions offered by ITS Training Services. First and foremost, in order to make sure you always have the most up to date training you need, we will be transitioning all of our Microsoft Office 2010 classes to Microsoft Office 2013. This means that our sessions on Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint will walk you through the 2013 edition of the software starting this fall.

In addition to updating our session offerings, we are also thrilled to announce that we will be offering all of these Office sessions and all of our Adobe Creative Suite classes (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) for free, whether the sessions are in-person, online, or training on demand. We firmly believe that training on these essential topics should be affordable and accessible to the entire Penn State community and in order to make it so, we are removing the $30 fee that has been attached to some of these courses in the past.

As a part of this change, we will also be increasing the minimum number of participants necessary to run a course from 3 to 5 people. This new minimum of 5 enrolled attendees will be the case for all Training Services online and in-person sessions sessions (Training on Demand sessions already had a minimum of 5 people) on Office software and all other training topics. The increase will help ensure that we can continue to offer the Penn State community the largest selection of free and low-cost training courses.

We hope that these changes will make it easier for you to receive the technology training you need! If you have any questions about these changes, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Still need help with Office 2010?

Although the lab and classroom computers at University Park will be switching over to Office 2013 this fall, we know that many Penn State users many still be working with Office 2010. In case you still need support for this version of the software, we’ve put together this playlist that includes overviews of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint 2010 in addition to tutorials on other features of each program.

Microsoft Office 2010 playlist for Penn State faculty, staff, and students

To find additional tutorials on Microsoft Office 2010, visit and search for “Office 2010” or the name of the software with which you need help.

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