Working with Office documents within Google Drive & G Suite

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There are three different ways you can approach working with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and similar Microsoft Office documents within Google Drive and the G Suite for Education:

Convert Office files and edit them in Docs, Sheets, and Slides

  1. Open DocsSheets, or Slides and start a new document, spreadsheet, or presentation.
  2. Click File > Open > Upload.
  3. Select your Office file and click Open. Your Office file automatically saves as a Docs, Sheets, or Slides file.
  4. (Optional) To save your document again as an Office file, click File > Download as > Microsoft Word (.docx)Microsoft Excel (.xlsx), or Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx).

Edit Office files from Drive without converting them (Office not required)

Chrome browser only
  1. Install the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides Chrome extension.
  2. Open Drive and then open an Office file. The file opens in Docs, Sheets, or Slides, but keeps the Office extension. If you make changes, the file saves in the original Office format.

Work in native Office files and save them to Drive

(Chrome browser only) To open an Office file from Drive:

  1. Install the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides Chrome extension.
  2. Select your Office file in Drive. At the top, click More more_vert > Open with > Microsoft WordMicrosoft Excel, or Microsoft PowerPoint.

(Windows only) To open an Office file from Office, download and install the Drive plug-in for Office. You can then open an existing Office file from Drive, or save a new Office file to Drive.