Its Web-based operating system means your Chromebook doesn’t support Windows (or Mac) software. That includes Office programs such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint, which is a major hurdle for those hoping to use these budget-based systems for productivity or business. Luckily Google Drive can convert uploaded Office files for easy editing on your Chromebook -- and, later, in the cloud. Here’s how to set it up.
- Launch Google Drive
- Click the gear icon in the top right corner
- Select “Upload settings”
- Select “Convert Office files to Google Doc format”
Now when you upload a Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, the files will automatically be converted into Google Doc format. Here’s a list of the supported file types:
Google Docs: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, and .rtf.
Google Sheets: .xls. .slsx, .ods, .csv, .tsv, .txt, and .tab
Google Slides: .ppt, .pps, and .pptx
How to Upload Office Documents
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- Click the Upload button atop the left-side menu.
- Select the files you want to upload to Google Drive from the Chromebook's local drive.
The files upload in a pop-up drawer where you can track their progress from "Uploading" to "Converted".
After conversion, the files appear as either a Google Doc, Slide, or Sheet file under My Drive.