Set up Office editing

You can open and work on Microsoft® Office™ files directly in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawings. This feature is called Office editing. It brings the experience of editing with Google tools, such as collaboration and sharing, to your Office files.

As an administrator, follow the steps in this article to enable Office editing in your organization.

Before you begin

Office editing works with Drive File Stream, which you use to upload files directly to the cloud.

Follow the steps to Deploy Drive File Stream.

Step 1. Block the Office editing extension

Have all users in your organization remove the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides extension before using Office editing. If the extension is installed, when opening an Office file, Docs will default to using the extension rather than native office editing. 

  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. Click App Management.
  4. Click the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides and then User settings.
  5. Set Allow installation to off.
  6. Click Save.

Users in your organization will no longer be able to install the extension. If they already had it installed, continue to step 2 below.

Otherwise, your organization is ready to use Office editing.

Step 2. Have users remove the extension

As an administrator, you can’t remotely remove an extension installed on someone else’s device. The user must remove it themselves.

Tell your users to:

  1. Sign in to their managed Google Account.
  2. In a Chrome browser, click More More.
  3. Scroll down to More tools
  4. Click Extensions
  5. Find the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides extension and click Remove.

Once the user removes the extension, they can use Office editing.

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