One of the beautiful things about Chromebooks is that they’re largely cloud-based. That means you don’t have to fill up your hard drive with file after file. Instead, you can do just about everything through Google Drive.
As great as that is, you might not want to do everything in the Drive. Most of us are used to Microsoft Office for things like Word documents or Excel spreadsheets. Luckily, if you’re in that boat and still want a Chromebook, you can have the best of both worlds.
You can’t install Windows or Mac desktop versions of Office 365 or Office 2016 on a Chromebook, but you still have options when it comes to running Microsoft Office on Chromebook.
Depending on what software you run or have access to on your Chromebook, you’ll be able to use Office in a somewhat limited capacity. By and large, your Chromebook will run the same version of Office apps as Android tablets.
There are some exceptions, though you’ll have access to Office in some form with your Chromebook. We cover how to run Microsoft Office on Chromebook below.
Microsoft Office for Chromebook: Google Play Store
The easiest way to get Microsoft Office on Chromebook is to download the Office apps that are available for Android and Chromebooks.
If you use the Google Play Store, then this is the option you’ll want. You’re all set to download and use the Office programs you want to use on your Chromebook.
Follow these simple steps:
- Open the Google Play Store.
- Search for the Office program you want to download and select it.
- Click Install.
- Once the app is done downloading, open the Chrome launcher to open the app.
- Sign into your Microsoft Account or Office 365 subscription account.
To save you time, you can also click on the links below to download the specific apps you want.
Microsoft Office for Chromebook: Office Online
If your Chromebook only has access to the Chrome Web Store, you unfortunately can’t download the various Office apps.
You’re not out of luck though. You can still download Office Online. With the online version, you’ll be able work on, edit, and share Office files directly in your browser. You need to be connected to the internet to use Microsoft Office on Chromebook, which may not be ideal, but it means you have an alternative to Drive.
Those are the nuts and bolts of putting Microsoft Office onto your Chromebook, or using it online if you don’t have the Google Play Store.
You won’t have access to every feature you might have on a PC or Mac, but then again, your Chromebook isn’t meant to be one of those.
This does give you the option of working on the same Office files on different devices though, which can help you avoid the extra step of converting file from Drive for use later.
Chromebook may be clearly tied to the Google ecosystem, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up all control and bow to the gods of Google. You can still use your favorite apps like Office.
Have you used Microsoft Office for Chromebook? Were there any major limitations or advantages you think are worth sharing with your fellow readers? Let us know in the comments.