How to Edit Word Docs on a Chromebook

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It is true that you cannot install Microsoft Office, on a Chromebook. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t open, edit and share Word documents. In fact, there are multiple routes you can take. You just need to know how, and that’s where our step-by-step instructions can come in handy. 

1. Click on an email attachment of a Microsoft Word doc, to get started. Then click on the downloaded file that appears at the bottom of the browser window. 

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2. Edit all you want in the QuickOffice window that appears. This file will be saved in your Chromebook’s local files drive. You can email the file out as an attachment from this. But, perhaps you’d like to save the file in the cloud. 

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3. Click File on the upper left part of the window. And select Open With > Google Docs


4. Click on the file name once you see the pop-up window alert you that the upload is complete. 


5. Edit what you need to in Google Docs. You can also create documents in Google Docs that can later be transformed into Word documents. Whatever lives on Google Docs can be accessed from any Web-connected PC. 

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6. Click File > Download As and select Microsoft Word when you’re done editing. This will save the edited document in its original format. You can then share that attachment via email. But, perhaps you don’t want to mess with converting a document and re-converting it. 

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Edit Office Docs Using SkyDrive

1. Navigate to and search for SkyDrive. That is Microsoft’s cloud storage service, similar to Google Docs. It does require you have a Microsoft Live email account to use, however.

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2. Open the app from your Chromebook after you’ve clicked Free to download it. Click Upload from the top bar. 

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3. Select the file you’ve uploaded, which will appear on your desktop. 

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4. Click Edit Document from the top bar and select Edit in Word Web App. Similar to Google Docs, multiple people can edit in a document simultaneously. 


5. Click File > Share and select Share With People to send the file to anyone else that has a email address.  

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6. You can also create new Word documents using the SkyDrive app. 

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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