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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:

Edit an Office file

To edit and save an Office file on your Chromebook:

  1. If you haven’t yet, download the Office file to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the Launcher Launcher.
  3. To get to your file, click All Apps > Files Files app.
  4. 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:

  1. Edit your Office file.
  2. Save your file as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  3. 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"
Follow the prompts to save your file as a newer version of Office (2007 or later).

Note: Any updates made to the new file will not carry over to the original Office file, which will remain untouched.

"File not supported" or can't open file
Make sure your file is saved as one of these file types: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx.

Also, make sure your file isn't corrupted, password-protected, or larger than the size limits.

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