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How do I log in to Office 365?

Posted by Michael Greenhill
Updated on August 30, 2016

Office 365 is a service; there are many aspects to it, and many ways of accessing it.


The Portal is the web gateway to all the products, features, and services available on Office 365. You can get there by navigating to http://office365.whsc.vic.edu.au in your web browser.

Login prompts

If you are prompted to login, enter your school username (eg abc0001) and password. Users on domain-joined computers (ie, school-connected Windows laptops and desktops) should not be prompted for a username.


This depends on the device you’re wishing to view your emails on. Keep reading for your preferred method.

Web browser

Simple – navigate to http://office365.whsc.vic.edu.au/mail in your favourite web browser.

Mobile phone

The best way to get your Office 365 emails on your phone is to use Microsoft’s Outlook application. Simply open up your device’s app store, search for “Outlook”, and install.

Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPad)

We have a dedicated setup document titled Configure Office 365 email for iOS.

Other devices

More setup instructions will be coming soon!

The first time you open Outlook on your phone it will prompt you to add an account. Select “Office 365”, enter your email address and password, and the app will take care of the rest.

What's my password?

Your password is the same one you use to log onto school computers. It’s synchronised to Office 365 in a process called “federation”.

Outlook on my computer

The first time you open Outlook on your computer it will prompt you to sign into an account, and will pre-fill your name and email address. Simply enter your password, and off you go!

If you’ve already set up another email account in Outlook, simply head to File and click “Add Account”.

Click the "Add Account" button in Outlook to add an account to an existing profile.
Click the “Add Account” button in Outlook to add an account to an existing profile.
Office 2016

Office 365 works best with the latest version of the Office desktop suite. If you’re running an older version of Office – eg 2013 or 2010, then we advise you upgrade to Office 2016

Desktop Office applications

You can sign into your Office 365 account from within your desktop Office applications, such as Word or OneNote.

Why should I sign in?

Signing in gives you the option to share files from within Office without needing to email them. New files are stored on your OneDrive, which has a 1TB file storage quota for every user.

Simply click on your name in the top-right corner of the application, and select “Switch Account”.

Sign in to Office 365 in Word

At the prompt, click “Add Account”, then enter your email address and click “Next”.

Updated on August 30, 2016

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