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Install the Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office

The Drive plug-in for Microsoft® Office allows users working in Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Outlook® to open documents directly from Google Drive, and save to Google Drive, without leaving their Office programs.

To use the Drive plug-in, it must be installed on users’ computers. As a G Suite administrator, you can also set up automatic updates for the plug-in and monitor usage.

Allow users to install Google Drive apps

To use the Drive plug-in, you need to enable the Google Drive apps setting for your organization. This allows the Drive plug-in to access and open files in Google Drive.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.
  2. Click Apps > G Suite > Drive > Data Access.
  3. In the Drive SDK section, check Allow users to install Google Drive apps.
Install the Drive plug-in

Before your organization can use the Drive plug-in, it must be installed on users’ computers. There are two installation options:

  1. Let users download the plug-in.
  2. Push an .msi file to your users or let them use the Run Advertised Programs option in the Windows® Control Panel.

    Download the enterprise installer.

    Note the following about enterprise installation: 

    • The Drive plug-in allows you to customize where the user's locally cached file content is stored. This is useful if you want to store the cached content in a specific location (for example, if you are running Citrix or another virtual environment).
    • To define a custom cache path, create a new string value to the current user registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Drive plugin for Office
      Name: DownloadDirectory
      Value: %localappdata%\Google\Drive plugin for Office.
    • By default, the Drive plug-in for Office installers also installs Google Update. To install the Drive plug-in but not Google Update, you can pass a command line argument that skips the Google Update software installation. For example, msiexec /i DriveForOffice_enterprise_per_machine_x86.msi RUN_GOOGLE_UPDATE_SETUP=0.

    For further information on implementing the .msi file, consult your Windows documentation.

Control automatic updates

As an administrator, you can use Google Update to control whether or not the Drive plug-in is automatically updated on your users' computers.

(Optional) Change your usage statistics and crash reports

Help make the Drive plug-in better by automatically sending usage statistics and crash reports to Google.

Usage statistics contain information such as the Windows version or how often you use the Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office. It doesn't include meeting details or any personal information. Crash reports contain system information at the time of the crash, and may contain personal information, depending on what was happening at the time of the crash.

Change whether usage statistics and crash reports are sent to Google

If you later want to stop sending crash reports and usage statistics, you can modify your Windows registry by changing following registry key values to 0:

  • Disable usage stats and crash reports on 32-bit operating system:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\\Google\Update\ClientState\{87CD15E4-0C94-47DB-B96A-BBE485C1E31C}

  • Disable usage stats and crash reports on 64-bit operating system:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Update\ClientState\{87CD15E4-0C94-47DB-B96A-BBE485C1E31C}

How do I modify the registry?

  1. From the Windows Start menu, click Run, then enter regedit in the Run dialog.
  2. At the left of the registry, navigate to one of the following folders:
    • 32-bit operating system:

      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\\Google\Update\ClientState\{87CD15E4-0C94-47DB-B96A-BBE485C1E31C}

    • 64-bit operating system:

      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Update\ClientState\{87CD15E4-0C94-47DB-B96A-BBE485C1E31C}

  3. At the right of the registry, right-click the usagestats key and select Modify.
  4. In Value data, type 0 and click OK to save the change.
Frequently Asked Questions

What versions of Microsoft Office are supported?

Office 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit editions).

What Microsoft Office editors are supported?

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. 

Will Google support Office for Mac?

No, Office for Mac® does not have the necessary API/Add-in framework to support this plug-in.

Does Drive for Microsoft Office work with Office 365?

Yes, if you've downloaded and installed Microsoft Office on your computer as part of your Office 365® subscription. The plug-in doesn't work with Office Web Apps.

Do users need administrator rights to install the plug-in?

No.

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