How to Convert Office Files to Google Docs on Your Chromebook

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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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  • Susan Says:

    I followed your steps to convert an .xls file I downloaded from Verizon. I got the message "This file could not be imported because it has been corrupted." I have tried downloading the file again, but I keep getting the same message.

  • Jeff Says:

    Tried this on my Samsung Chromebook and starts upload then it says this uploaded file could not be imported. Any suggestions?

  • Joy Odozi Says:

    so helpful, God bless you.. Chrome book just gets better...

  • Chris Says:

    I just uploaded and converted a few Word documents and when I opened them up after they were converted, they were all just blank pages. How do I convert my Word documents into gdoc format without losing their content?

  • Leo Says:

    Good advice. Typically, I have installed apps to Chrome browser, which allow me to open different files in cloud. For instance, rollApp is good for Chrome and there are quite few more apps. The problem with your approach is limitation of cloud storage (Google Drive). That's difficult to overcome when you are active user of different clouds.