View and edit Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

You can open and edit Microsoft Office files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on your Chromebook.

How to start editing Office files

Start editing Office files in the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps by following the steps below.

Note: Office files can't be edited in the classic version of Google Drive. Learn more about getting the new Google Drive.

  1. Your Chromebook will automatically update to allow you to edit Office files in the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps.
  2. Open Drive by clicking the Drive icon on the shelf or by visiting drive.google.com.
  3. Double-click on an Office file to start editing it.
  4. From Gmail, click on an Office attachment to view the file. Then, click Open/Open with button to open in the Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  5. You can also edit Office files by double-clicking on any Office file in the Files app.

Check that you can edit Office files

To check if your Office files are in Office Compatibility Mode and can be edited in Drive and the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps, follow the steps below.

  1. Click on the Drive icon on the shelf or visit drive.google.com.
  2. Open the Word®, Excel®, or PowerPoint® file you want to edit.
  3. Click the File menu.
  4. If you see "Office Compatibility Mode" in the menu, you can edit the file or save it to Google Docs for the ability to work with others.

Don’t see "Office Compatibility Mode" in the menu? Check for the most recent updates on your device.

Edit an Office file with other people

To share an Office file with others and work together to edit the file in real-time, open the File menu, and select "Save as Google Docs/Sheets/Slides."

Troubleshooting

If you run into problems, try the following:

  • Make sure your file is supported. Chromebooks can only open .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, and .pptx files.
  • Save Office files to the 2007 version of Office or later. When trying to edit files created with Office 2003 (or older), you’ll be asked to upgrade these documents to a more recent version of Office before editing or saving further changes.
  • Make sure files aren’t corrupted or password-protected.
  • Ensure your files do not exceed size limits. Some files, especially large spreadsheets, may be too large to open.
  • Make sure the Native Client plug-in is enabled. To check the plug-in, type about:plugins into the address bar (omnibox) and make sure “Native Client” is marked as enabled.
  • Reload the tab that contains your file.
  • Close and re-open the Files app, then try opening your file again.
  • Restart your Chromebook, then try opening the file again.

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