Converting Office Files to Google Format

This KB Article References: Google Drive
This Information is Intended for: Instructors, Staff, Students
Created: 09/28/2012 Last Updated: 08/11/2020

You can use Google Drive to create and store files. Files created in Google Drive, Google-format files, can be edited collaboratively. Files stored in Drive cannot (though you can use the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides Chrome extension to make basic edits in Chrome to Office files). 

To gain the features of Google Docs for your Office files, convert them:

Convert Files Automatically on Upload

If you want to convert all uploaded files to Google format, change this setting:

  1. Click on the settings gear in the top-right corner and select Settings
  2. Check the box for Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format and click Done

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