Work with Office files using Office editing

You can now directly edit, comment, and collaborate on Office files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. All changes will be auto-saved to the file in its original Office format. 

Add an Office file to Google Drive

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. At the top left, click New and then File upload
  3. 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 editing using Office editing.

Open an Office file in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides 

  1. In Google Drive, double-click the Office file. This will open a preview of your file. 
  2. At the top, click Open in Google Docs/Sheets/Slides
    • If you don't see this option, click Open with Down arrow  and then Google Docs/Sheets/Slides
  3. You can now edit, share, view version history, collaborate in real-time with others, and more. All changes you make will be saved to the original Microsoft Office file. 

Note: If you view but don't edit an Office file in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, the original Office file will not change. 

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

If you have the Office Editing extension enabled, you won't be able to use this feature. To fix the problem, disable the  Chrome extension. Learn how to manage a Chrome extension
Convert an Office file to Docs, Sheets, or Slides 
  1. In Google Drive, double-click the Office file. This will open a preview of your file. 
  2. At the top, click Open in Google Docs/Sheets/Slides
    • If you don't see this option, click Open with Down arrow and then Google Docs/Sheets/Slides
  3. From within the document, click File and then Save as Google Docs/Sheets/Slides

To automatically convert all future uploads of Office files to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides: 

  1. Open Google Drive. 
  2. At the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. Next to Convert uploads, turn on "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format." 

Note: Previously-uploaded files will not be converted.

Managing document versions & uploads 

If someone else uploads a new version of the Office file in Drive while you're viewing it in Google Docs, Sheets or Slides, the file will automatically be updated with the new version.
To view edits you made in previous versions, use the document's version history. Learn how to see what's changed in a file with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides History. 
To view comments you've added in previous versions, use the file versions in Google Drive. Learn how to view Drive file versions

Fix problems with Office editing 

Some features from Microsoft Office are not displayed, lost or are not editable in Office editing 

As we continue to improve Office editing in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, you may encounter incompatibilities for certain features. 
Some features are not displayed and/or editable, but will be preserved in the document and viewable in Microsoft Office.
Other features may be lost or altered in the latest version of the file when it is edited in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides. You will see a notification within the document if editing will cause any features to be lost or altered. 

Some features from Google Docs, Sheets or Slides are not available in Office editing 

As we continue to improve the compatibility of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with Office formats, you might encounter features from Google Docs Editors that are not yet available while working on Office files: 
  • Apps Scripts 
  • G Suite Add-Ons 
  • Cell locking in Google Sheets 

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 offline 

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

If you've made changes offline to your Office files & can't see your edits on another device 

If changes made in Google Docs Editors don't save to your Office file in Drive 

Google Docs will periodically try to save your changes into your Office files. In most cases, the problem should fix itself. If you're still having problems: 
  • 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

Inactive comments may be removed if edited outside of Google Docs 

  • 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. 

 

 

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