Someone recently asked me how they can edit Microsoft documents that are stored in Google Drive, without having to download them first. Google Drive is great for storing and sharing many different types of files - Google documents, Microsoft documents, images, video, etc. Storing and sharing are one thing, but when it comes to editing Microsoft documents that are stored in Drive, it can get tricky.
One option is to convert your Microsoft documents to Google. Problem solved, right? Not really. Sometimes you need to keep documents in their native Microsoft format. Well, if you are using the download > edit > upload method, there is an easier way. In fact, there’s more than one way to edit them directly from Drive!
Edit with Microsoft OfficeInstall the Google Drive App and Google Drive will appear as a storage location in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. When you open a file in your Microsoft application, navigate to your Google Drive and open your document (click Open, Browse and select Google Drive).
With the Drive App installed, Save documents directly to your Google Drive by navigating to your Google Drive when you save your document.
Also, when you open Windows Explorer on your computer, you can access your Google Drive files without having to open your browser. This makes it really easy to transfer files between your computer and Google Drive.
For basic edits, just use ChromeWith a free Chrome extension, Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, you can open Word, Excel and PowerPoint right within your Google Drive.
Install the Chrome extension
- Open Google Chrome
- Go to Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Click Add to Chrome. The Extension installs on your Chrome toolbar.
- Open Google Drive
- Navigate to a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document
- Double-click on the document
Mobile Apps for Editing Microsoft DocumentsI use my phone to access and edit my Google documents all the time. I can edit Microsoft documents on my phone too, using the following mobile apps (Android or IOS):
- Google Drive to manage your folders and documents
- Google Docs to edit Word documents
- Google Sheets to edit Excel documents
- Google Slides to edit PowerPoint documents