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.
From the Admin console Home page, go to Devices.
- Click App Management.
- Click the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides User settings.
- Set Allow installation to off.
- 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:
- Sign in to their managed Google Account.
- In a Chrome browser, click More .
- Scroll down to More tools.
- Click Extensions.
- 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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