Microsoft Office on Chromebook

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One of the beautiful things about Chromebooks is that they’re largely cloud-based. You don’t have to fill up your hard drive with endless files. Instead, you can do just about everything through Google Drive. But as great as that is, most of us are used to Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Luckily, you can run Microsoft Office on Chromebooks.

You can’t install desktop versions of Office on a Chromebook, but you still have options when it comes to running Microsoft Office on Chromebook. Depending on what software you run on your Chromebook, you’ll be able to use Office in a somewhat limited capacity. Let us tell you how it’s done.

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Microsoft Office for Chromebook: Google Play Store

Microsoft Office running on a Chromebook

Credit: Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

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:

  1. Open the Google Play Store.
  2. Search for the Office program you want to download and select it.
  3. Click Install.
  4. Once the app is done downloading, open the Chrome launcher to open the app.
  5. Sign into your Microsoft Account or Office 365 subscription account.

Click on the links below to download specific apps:

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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. It’s possible to use Office Online.

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With the online version, you’ll be able to 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.


Check out the links below to learn more about using Chromebooks and to figure out which ones are worth your money.

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