Google Drive updated with Office file editing capabilities

Gmail web users can now easily open and edit Microsoft Office attachments. The company is adding adding conversion support in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for 15 new Office file formats.


Prior to the update, Google had made this feature for Drive, but the recent update makes the process much easier for Gmail. The files support list includes less common formats spread across Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

New formats supported include:

  • dot, dotx, dotm*, docm* conversions to Google Docs
  • xlt, xltx, xltm*, xlsm* conversions to Google Sheets
  • pot, potx, potm*, pptm*, pps, ppsx, ppsm* conversions to Google Slides

Now, you can start editing Office files right from Gmail  as you will see a new edit icon on the attachments. As soon as you click it will automatically convert the file into the appropriate Drive app for you to begin editing immediately. The update also brings improved support for charts, images and tables. In addition, users will get all the extra useful features of Google’s office suite, including having a full file history to fall back on.


Author: Sneha Bokil

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