Three Easy Ways to Open and Edit Office Files on Your Chromebook

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October 28, 2015
There are three easy ways to work on Office files on your Chromebook device. Using these three tips, you will be able to open and edit your Office files and also share them with others and start collaboratively editing them in real time. For these tips to work you need to make sure your Chromebook software is up to date and that you have the newest version of Google Drive.

1- Use Chromebook’s built-in editor
You can  easily open and edit Microsoft files on your Chromebook using Google Docs, Sheets, and slides app. To edit an Office file you need to
  • Download the Office file to your Chromebook.
  • Click the magnifying glass to open the launcher .
  • To get to your file, click All Apps > Files .
  • Double-click the file to edit it.
Collaborative editing of files
To be able to simultaneously co-edit office files with others, you will have to save your file as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides then share it with your collaborators. Note here that any updates made to the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides file will not carry over to the original Office file.

2- Use Microsoft Word Online app

This is a Chrome app that 'combines the most common Office features and real-time co-authoring capabilities so teams at school and home can collaborate on shared documents, presentations and spreadsheets.'

3- Use Office Editing for Docs, Sheets and Slides

This is another great Chrome app for working on Office files on your Chromebook. 'Once the extension is installed, Office files that you drag into Chrome, open in Gmail, Google Drive, and more, will be opened in Docs, Sheets, and Slides for viewing and editing. You can save each file back to its original Office format, or convert it to Docs, Sheets, or Slides to unlock more features, like inviting others to edit with you, commenting, chat, and more.'

Source: Chromebook Help Center