Remove the Office compatibility app

The Office compatibility extension allows you to edit Office files in Chrome, however this functionality exists natively in Google Docs. If you or your users have the app installed, all your Office documents will open in the app instead of Google Docs. As a result, you will not be able to use all the features of Google Docs on your Office documents, such as real-time collaboration.

In order to open your Office documents in Google Docs, simply remove the app for everyone in your organization or have your users remove it. You can learn more about controlling apps for your domain in the article, Allow or block apps and extensions.

Prevent users from installing Office compatibility

Prevent users from installing Office compatibility
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Device management.

    To see Device management, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Go to Chrome management.

  4. Go to App Management.

  5. Click the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides app.

  6. Click User settings.

    1. Select the Organizational Unit (OU) to remove the extension from, or the top Org to affect all OUs.

  7. Make sure Allow installation is turned off.

  8. Click Save.

The extension will no longer be able to be installed on a user’s device. If the extension is already installed, see the following steps for removing it.

Have your users remove the app

Have your users remove the app

Tell your users to:

  1. Click the Chrome menu icon  More while signed in to your managed Google Account.

  2. Scroll down to More tools.

  3. Click Extensions.

  4. Find the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides extension and click Remove.

 

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