Edit & Share Office Files with Google Drive

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I love Google Apps for Work, I made the switch from Outlook on December 14, 2014 and I’ve never looked back. In talking with my clients about moving to Google, there are a few misconceptions about going to Google Apps for Work. The most common is that you have to use an @gmail.com address. Um, nope. My stacy@po3inc.com is through Google.

The other most common myth with Google is that you can’t save/edit Microsoft Office files from Drive.

Side note: Drive is Google’s online file storage and sync service and depending on which Google Apps for Work plan you are on, you get either 30GB, 1 TB or Unlimited storage. Yep, UNLIMITED storage if you have more than 5 users and are on the Unlimited plan which is $10 per user per month.

But you CAN edit Word, Excel & Powerpoint files on ANY device – without any Office software.

Step 1: From the Chrome Web Store, download the Chrome extension for editing Office files with Docs, Sheets or Slides.
Step 2: In Google Drive, click the New button in the top-left corner and choose File upload, then select an Office file on your hard drive.
Step 3: To open and edit the Office file in Word, Excel or PowerPoint format, locate it in Google Drive and double-click its file name.

Editing Word on Drive

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