You can now directly edit Microsoft Office documents in Google Drive. Working with Microsoft Office documents on Google Drive, with documents in typical Microsoft Office formats, such as .doc, .xls, .ppt or the more modern and recommended .docx, .xlsx and .pptx, has never been particularly convenient. But everything has changed for the better.
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It should be noted that working with Microsoft Office documents on Google Drive was not the same as working with Google Docs, but the first application tends to be the most used. Until now, double-clicking on a Microsoft Office document in Google Drive meant that it was previewed and, if you wanted to edit it you had to click again on the drop-down menu and choose that option. However, unnecessary detours are over once and for all.
From now on, double-clicking on any Microsoft Office document in Google Drive will open the corresponding editor, so it will be a much faster process. And if you just want to preview the document, you have to do it through the option in the context menu.
These changes include others of an informative nature, which will be introduced to the user with a welcome screen and a small assistant. For example, when editing a Microsoft Office document on Google Drive, the extension of the file will be distinguished next to the file name and a hint will be given on how everything works.
Not much, but years ago you couldn’t even edit Microsoft Office documents directly on Google Drive, you had to convert them first into Google Docs’ own format. Depending on the type of document it is still worth doing so, as they do not take up any storage space.
That’s why Google Workspace is going all out for these changes.