You can use Microsoft Office files in Google Drive in three ways on your computer:
- From web browsers or with sync clients
- Use the plugin with your Microsoft Office programs
- Upload your files to drive.google.com and use Office Compatibility Mode (OCM)
Work with Office files
You can edit, download, and convert Microsoft® Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
To edit an Office file, you can either:
- Edit the file using Office Compatibility Mode (OCM)
- Convert the file to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
Once you've edited a Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides file, you can then save and export it as an Office file to share with others.
Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office
You can install the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office. The plugin works with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016). You can also use Office 365 if you subscribe and install it on your computer.
After you install the plug-in, you'll see "Google Drive" in the Office menu bar.
Note: The plug-in does not work with Office for Mac.
Install Google Drive on your Mac or PC
To sync files directly from your computer to Google Drive, download Google Drive for Mac or PC. However, this is NOT RECOMMENDED. You're welcome to give the desktop app a shot but in our experience it does not sync properly and leads to heartache. In some exceptions it may be necessary to use where you're dealing with large files sized (e.g. photoshop).
Automatically sync Google Drive files on your computer with your Google Drive files on the web using "Google Drive for your Mac/PC." You can do things like:
- Drag files in and out of folders
- Edit, save, and remove files
Any changes you make locally in your Google Drive folder will sync to your "My Drive" on the web. That means if you share, move, edit, or move files to trash, your changes will also show in My Drive the next time your computer syncs.