Editing Microsoft files in Google Drive

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Working with Microsoft files in Google Workspace

Regardless of how you use Google Workspace you’re likely received a Microsoft formatted file that you’ve needed to open. Google has been working hard on ensuring that even if you don’t have Microsoft installed on your device you can still collaborate and work with a Microsoft file.

This session walks you through collaboration with Microsoft partners or customers by showing you how to edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. We go through the techniques and settings to enable seamless partnership using those tools in Google Workspace

Duration: 60 minutes

What we will cover in this course?


Taking a run-through of the menu and slide management tools- Showing you how to upload a Microsoft format into Google Drive and how to tell the difference.

Editing, Sharing & Collaborating

How to edit a Microsoft document with Microsoft being installed and options how to send that file back to your Microsoft loving collaborator

Using Other Microsoft tools

Using Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft office OneNote without the need for a paid Microsoft licence.

Pin Document Sharing

Sharing Microsoft documents in Google Drive to a none Google account

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FAQ for this session

Q: Can I upload Microsoft documents into Google Drive
A: Google Drive can store many files types, including the majority of Microsoft formatted files.

Q: How do I edit a Microsoft formatted Document in Google Drive?
A: To edit a Microsoft formatted document you just need to upload the file into Google Drive, Right click on the file and select open with the Google equivalent application. Eg Microsoft Word = Google Docs, Microsoft Powerpoint = Google Slides, Microsoft Excel = Google Sheets


Q: Does a Microsoft formatted file take up space in Google Drive?
A: Unfortunately any none Google formatted files takes up your space quota in Google Drive. Converting the Microsoft formatted file to a Google formatted file would not decrease your Drive quota. 

Q: How do I collaborate on a Microsoft file in Google Drive?
A: As its in Google Drive you are able to share and collaborate with the Microsoft formatted file the same way you normally would with a Google formatted file. Select the Share button in the top right and you will be able to share and collaborate on the same Microsoft File with a colleague.