View and edit Office files
You can open and edit Microsoft Office files on your Chromebook using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps or Google Drive.
Before you edit an Office file
To edit and share Office files, you’ll need to:
- Check that your Chromebook software is up to date.
- Get the new Google Drive if you don’t have it yet.
Edit an Office file
To edit and save an Office file on your Chromebook:
- If you haven’t yet, download the Office file to your Chromebook.
- Click the Launcher .
- To get to your file, click All Apps > Files .
- Double-click the file to edit it.
You can also edit Office files online using the Chrome browser.
Edit files with others
You can share Office files with others and work together to edit the file in real time:
- Edit your Office file.
- Save your file as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
- Share your file to begin working with others.
Note: Any updates made to the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides file will not carry over to the original Office file.
Troubleshoot error messages
If you have issues opening or editing Office files, try these steps."Update your document" or "Edits will not be automatically saved"
Note: Any updates made to the new file will not carry over to the original Office file, which will remain untouched.
Also, make sure your file isn't corrupted, password-protected, or larger than the size limits.
- Learn more about how to use Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
- Learn more about editing, saving, and sharing your files in Google Drive.
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