Today it seems like there is always a mix of Microsoft Office and Google files to manage. You create documents with Office applications, but your coworkers need them as Google documents or vice versa. Fortunately, Google realizes this and wants to make sure that you can work with your files regardless of their origin.

We will show you how to convert an Office file to a Google one and how to work with Office files via Google Drive without having to convert them when necessary.

How to Add Office Files to Google Drive

Once you upload a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file to Google Drive, you can open it in Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Click the plus sign for “New“At the top left and select”Upload file“. Find your file, select it and click To open.

You’ll see that your file shows up as the original Office file type in Google Drive.

From there, you can open it and continue working with the file while keeping its original Office format, such as the Word document in the screenshot below.

But, if you want to convert it to a Google file type like Docs, Sheets, or Slides, it’s just as easy.

How to Convert an Office File to a Google File

If you double-click to open the file, it should open in the correct Google app. But you can also right click, move the cursor to To open with and select the corresponding file type, Google Docs, Google Sheets or Google Slides.

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With your document open, click File from the menu and select Save as Google Docs, Google Sheets or Google Slides depending on the type of document.

A new tab will open with the file in the Google application you have selected. The file will automatically save to Google Drive as the new Google file type. When you return to Google Drive, you should see both files, the original Office document and the new saved Google document.

If you want to delete the original Office file, right-click and select Remove.

Always Convert Office Files to Google Files

If you prefer not to go through this process every time you upload an Office document, you can enable a setting to do it automatically every time.

  1. In Google Drive, click the gear icon at the top right and select Setting.
  2. Choose general on the left and check the box Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editors format.
  3. Click on Ready.

Once you enable this setting, all Office files you upload in the future will be converted to the corresponding Google file type. This will not apply to files that you have previously uploaded to Google Drive.

Microsoft Office and Google can work together

Working with Microsoft Office and Google files doesn’t have to be a struggle. Regardless of the platform you prefer, you can make life easier for the people you share with and those who share with you.

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