You can directly edit, comment, and collaborate on Office files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Changes will be auto-saved to the file in Office format.
Add an Office file to Google Drive
- On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
- At the top left, click New File upload.
- Choose the file you want to upload.
Supported Office File Formats
You can use Office editing with the following Office file types:
- Word files: .doc, .docx, .dot
- Excel files: .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, (macro enabled Excel files), .xlt
- PowerPoint files: .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot
Note: If you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents older than Office 2007, files will be saved to a newer format when using Office editing.
Open an Office file in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides
From Google Drive
- In Google Drive, double-click the Office file. This will open your file in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
- Password protected files will open in viewer. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides don't support password protected files.
- You can edit, share, view version history, collaborate in real-time with others, and more. Changes you make will be saved to the original Microsoft Office file.
Tip: If you view but don't edit an Office file in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, the original Office file will not change.
- On your computer, go to Gmail.
- Open an email message.
- Hover your mouse over the Office file attachment click Edit with Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides .
- Tip: If you click on the attachment and see a preview of your file, at the top, you can click Open in Google Docs/Sheets/Slides. If you don’t see this option, click Open with Google Docs/Sheets/Slides.
- A copy of the Office attachment will be stored in Drive and all changes you make will be saved to the copy. You can edit, share, view version history, and collaborate in real-time with others.
- To respond to the original email with this file, or for other email options from the document, click File.
- Click Email Reply with this file.
To learn more about what you can do with the document, visit the Google Docs Help Center.Important: If you have the Office Editing Chrome extension
- In Google Drive, double-click the Office file. This will open a preview of your file.
- At the top, click Open in Google Docs/Sheets/Slides.
- If you don't see this option, click Open with Google Docs/Sheets/Slides.
- From within the document, click File Save as Google Docs/Sheets/Slides.
To automatically convert all future uploads of Office files to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides:
- Open Google Drive.
- At the top right, click Settings Settings.
- Next to Convert uploads, turn on "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format."
Fix problems with Office editingSome features from Microsoft Office are not displayed, lost or are not editable in Office editing
- Apps Scripts
- Google Workspace Add-Ons
- Cell locking in Google Sheets
- Translate document
- Under "Version History," make a copy of an old version of the document
Tip: To use these features, convert your Office file to a Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide. Learn how to convert Office files.
If you cannot edit your Office files while you're offline, it might be because you haven't made them available for offline. Learn how to turn on offline access.
- Refresh the page.
- Close and re-open the document.
- Your file might be too large to save as an Office file. Consider reducing the file size, or converting it to Google Docs.
Tip: You can still view your unsaved changes in File Version history.
- If you delete or resolve a comment in Google Docs, or delete text that has been commented on, those comments will become inactive in Google Docs editors.
- Inactive comments are not saved back to the office file and are only visible when opening the file in Google Docs editors.
- If you or another user uploads a new version of the Office file in Drive, all inactive comments will be removed from Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.