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How do I open Microsoft Office Files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) on my Chromebook?

In this tutorial you will learn how to open, edit, and save Microsoft Office Files using a Google Chromebook.

Download a Microsoft Office File

In this example, we will download a Microsoft Word document (.docx) from Canvas.

For help downloading a file from Canvas, follow this guide.

Canvas File Download button

Locate the File in File Explorer (Downloads)

The Download Manager should notify you of the recent download.

Click SHOW IN FOLDER to open the downloads folder.

Chrome Download Manager - Show In Folder button

Open the File using Google Docs

Double-click the File to automatically open it using Google Docs.

Chromebook Downloads Folder

In the address bar, you should see that the file is being viewed through the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides extension.

Google Docs address bar showing Office Editing extension

If you only need to view the file, you are done!

If you'd like to edit and save the file, continue in the next section.

Edit the File using Google Docs

Edit the file as needed and your changes will be saved automatically (locally to your Chromebook).

Google Docs - edited Word document

Since your changes are saved automatically, you can close the tab at any time.

To reopen the document, simply double-click the local file again.