Remove the Office compatibility app

The ability to edit Microsoft® Office® files in the Chrome Browser now exists natively in Google Docs. Before, you would need to use the Office Compatibility app to edit these files directly in your Chrome Browser 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 Google Docs features, such as real-time collaboration, with your Office documents.

In order to open your Office documents in Google Docs, first prevent users from installing Office compatibility, and then have your users remove the Office compatibility app from their system (if it's already installed).

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 managementand thenChrome management.

    If you don't see Device management on the Home page, click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click App Management.
  4. Click the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides app.
  5. Click User settings.
  6. (Optional) At the left, select the organizational unit that you want to make settings for.
    To apply the settings to everyone, select the top-level organizational unit.
    Learn more about the organizational structure.
  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.
  9. If the extension is installed on a user's device, tell them to:
    1. Sign in to Chrome Browser with their managed Google Account.
    2. Click More More and then More Tools and then Extensions.
    3. Find the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides extension and click Remove.

To learn more about Office editing in Google docs, read the article Work with Office files using Office editing. You can learn more about controlling apps for your domain in the article, Allow or block apps and extensions.

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