Work with Microsoft Office files

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Tips

In G Suite, you can still work with Microsoft® Office® files, even if you don't have Office installed.

You can:

  • Add your Office files to Google Drive.
  • Keep your files in Microsoft format, even if you no longer have Office.
  • Convert existing Office documents and Adobe® PDF files to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  • Work in Office and sync Office files to Drive.
  • Comment on Office files in Drive preview.

Add Office files to Drive" "

  1. Open Drive.
  2. Click New Plusand thenFile upload.
  3. Choose the Office file you want to upload.

Open Office files in Drive" "

Chrome Browser only

  1. Make sure the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, & Slides extension is not installed:
    1. Open Chrome Browser and in the top-right corner, click More Moreand thenMore Toolsand thenExtensions.
    2. If you see the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, & Slides extension, click Remove.
  2. In Drive, double-click an Office file.

    A preview of your file opens.

  3. At the top, click Open with Google Docs/Sheets/Slides.

You can now edit, share, view version history, collaborate in real-time with others, and more. All changes you make are saved to the original Microsoft Office file. 

Convert Office files to Google files" "

  1. Open Driveand double-click an Office file.

    A preview of your file opens.

  2. At the top, click Open with Google Docs/Sheets/Slides.
  3. Click Fileand thenSave as Google Docs/Sheets/Slides.

To automatically convert all future uploads of Office files to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides: 

  1. In Drive, at the top, click Settings Settingsand thenSettings.
  2. Next to Convert uploads, turn on Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format.

Note: Previously uploaded files will not be converted.

Work in Office and sync files to Drive (Office required)" "

  1. If you haven't already, install Drive File Stream on your computer.

    This adds your Drive folder to your computer.

  2. On your computer, add your Office file to your Google Drive folder.
  3. In Office, click Fileand thenOpen and find your Google Drive folder.
  4. Click your Office file and click Open.
  5. Edit your file.

    Any changes you make to your file in Office sync in Drive.

Comment on Office files" "

  1. In Drive, double-click the Office file that you shared.

    The file opens in Drive preview.

  2. Select the text you want to comment.
  3. Click Add comment Add comment.
  4. Enter your comment. To address it to a specific person, enter + and their email in the comment text. For example: +cassy@solarmora.com
  5. Click Comment.

    The person can make their changes and reply to your comment.

  6. When you’re satisfied with the outcome, click Resolve.
  7. (Optional) To show resolved comments, at the top right, click More Moreand thenShow resolved comments.

Note: To show or hide resolved comments, there must be at least one active comment and one resolved comment.

Share a copy of a file in an Office format" "

  1. In Docs, Sheets, or Slides, open the file.
  2. Click Fileand thenEmail as attachment.
  3. Under Attach as, choose Microsoft® Word®, Microsoft Excel®, or Microsoft PowerPoint®.

  4. Enter the email address, subject, and message.
  5. (Optional) Check the Send a copy to myself box.
  6. Click Send.
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