How to Convert Office Files to Google Docs on Your Chromebook

By Kenneth Butler

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.

  1. Launch Google Drive
  2. Click the gear icon in the top right corner
  3. Select “Upload settings”
  4. 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 

  1. Click the Upload button atop the left-side menu.
  2. 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.
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