If you use Google’s free online office suite G Suite, here’s a handy feature you might want to check out.

While you may have known that you can open MS office documents using G Suite, you might not have known that you now edit, comment, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

The following types of files are supported.

  • Word files: .doc, .docx, .dot
  • Excel files: .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm (macro enabled Excel files), .xlt
  • Powerpoint files: .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot

Here’s how to do it. First, upload the file you wish to use to your Google Drive cloud storage. Then click to open. You’ll see a preview of your document, spreadsheet, or presentaiton.

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Click on Open with Google Docs.

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The file will open as an Office file. Here you can see the .docx extension on the end of the file I’m working on. The file will autosave as an Office while as you work on it, no need to convert the files.

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 If you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents older than Office 2007, files will be saved to a newer format when editing using Office editing.