Work with Office files using Office editing

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

  1. On your computer, go to
  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 

Tip: If you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents older than Office 2007, files are saved to a newer format.

Open an Office file in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides 

From Google Drive

  1. On your computer, go to Google Drive.
  2. Double click a Microsoft Office file. It opens in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  3. After you open a file, you can:
    • Edit
    • Share
    • View version history
    • Collaborate with others in real-time


  • Changes you make are also saved to the original Microsoft Office file.
  • Password protected files open in Viewer. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides don't support password protected files.

From Gmail

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open an email message. 
  3. Hover your mouse over the Office file attachment and then 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 Down Arrow and then Google Docs/Sheets/Slides.
  4. 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. 
  5. To respond to the original email with this file, or for other email options from the document, click File.
  6. Click Email and then 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
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  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." 
Tip: Files you previously uploaded won’t 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 can find 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 improve compatibility of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with Office formats, you’ll find these features not yet available while you work in Office files:
  • 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 can’t edit your Office files while offline

If you can’t edit Office files offline, you can make them available offline. Learn how to work on your files offline.

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
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

Tip: You can still view your unsaved changes in File and then Version history

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 someone else uploads a new version of the Office file in Drive, all inactive comments are removed from Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Related articles 

Learn how to see what's changed in a file with Version History 


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