Set up Office editing

As an administrator, you can turn on Office editing in your organization. Office editing lets users open and work on Microsoft Office files directly in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawings. It brings the experience of editing with Google tools, such as collaboration and sharing, to your Office files.

Before you begin

Office editing works with Google Drive for desktop, which you use to upload files directly to the cloud. Follow the steps to Deploy Drive for desktop.

Step 1. Block the Office editing extension

Have all users in your organization remove the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides extension from Chrome 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

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Devices.
  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 "".
  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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