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Open and edit Office files on your Chromebook

On your Chromebook, you can open, edit, download, and convert many Microsoft® Office files, such as Word, PowerPoint, or Excel files.

Important: Before you edit Office files, check that your Chromebook software is up to date.

Option 1: Edit Office files on your Chromebook

You can edit most Microsoft® Office files on your Chromebook without installing any other apps.

  1. If you haven’t yet, download the Office file to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow and then Files Files app.
  3. Find your file, and double-click it to open.
  4. Edit your file.

Note: Some features and settings won’t work unless you save your file as a Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides file.

Option 2: Edit Office files online

If you have a Microsoft® Office online account, you can edit your files in Chrome using these extensions and apps:

Work together on a file 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, then 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

"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.

"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 Google Drive file size limits.

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