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 the need to install any other apps, as long as you have the Office editing for Docs, Sheets and Slides extension.
- If you haven’t yet, download the Office file to your Chromebook.
- At the corner of your screen, click the Launcher Up arrow .
- Find your file, and double-click it to open.
- Edit your file.
Tip: You can also convert your file to Google Docs, Sheets or Slides and access all the collaboration features of Google’s Workspace products.
Work together on a file with others
You can convert Office files to Google Workspace to share them with others and work together to edit the content in real time.
Tip: Any updates made to the Google Docs, Sheets or Slides file won't carry over to the original Office file.
Option 2: Use Office to edit files
Troubleshoot error messages
'Update your document' or 'Edits will not be automatically saved'
Tip: Any updates made to the new file won't carry over to the original Office file.
File not supported or can’t open file
Make sure that your file is saved as one of these file types: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx.
Also, make sure that your file isn't corrupted, password-protected or larger than the Google Drive file size limits.