- A common misconception of migrating to Google Apps is that you have to choose permanently between Microsoft Office and Google Docs. This is not the case at all. In fact, Microsoft Office and Google Drive can work beautifully together. If you're using Google Drive to store all of your Microsoft Office documents, you can rest knowing that your files are backed up and accessible anywhere. Also, even though you can't take advantage of other features of doing a full conversion to Google Docs, if you use the Chrome browser, you can still edit your Microsoft Word documents online in Google Drive.
You'll use something called Office Compatibility Mode, and you can do this by downloading the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets and Slides Chrome extension. Let's do that now. I've switched to the Chrome browser and I've opened up the chrome web store. I'm gonna search the apps for office editing. I can find the Chrome extension, here it is. Office Editing for Docs, Sheets and Slides.
I'll click once on it, and I'll click Add to Chrome. I'll click the Add button, my extension will start to download. I can see in the bottom left-hand side that it's currently being added to Chrome. When it's all done, I'll get a confirmation in the top right-hand side of the screen that it's been added. I'll click the x to close out of it, and let's go back to Google Drive. Now all I have to do is double-click on my Word document inside Google Drive.
The Chrome extension will activate, and my document will open up in a browser, so that I can edit it and not have to convert it to Google Doc format. It takes a few minutes to open up the first time. The other important thing to note, and I can see in big red letters, is that any edits that I make will not automatically be saved. but here's my document, and I'm editing it in the Chrome browser even though it's a Word document. Remember that there are some very good reasons to convert your files to Google Docs format, including excellent real time collaboration features.
However, you can still migrate to Google Drive, Calendar, and Gmail without having to give up Microsoft Office.
- Understanding security and storage space on Google Drive
- Uploading and downloading files
- Converting files
- Sharing files with others
- Suggesting edits instead of tracking changes
- Replacing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with Google apps
- Switching from Outlook to Gmail and Google Calendar
- Running the Google Migration