How to edit Word documents directly in Microsoft Word software, then save any changes back to Drive using a plug-in

* Windows only

If you prefer to work with files directly in Microsoft® Office®, but still want your files and updates saved in Drive, use the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office.

With the plug-in installed, you can do the following:

  • For existing Office files—Edit Office files already saved in Drive, directly in Microsoft Office. Every change you make is automatically saved in Drive.
  • For new Office files—Create new files in Office, then store them in Drive without leaving Office.

To download and install the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office

  1. Go to the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office page.
  2. Download and install the plug-in.

To open and edit existing Drive files in Microsoft Office

  1. In Microsoft Office, go to your Open options and select Google Drive.
  2. Choose any file stored in Drive to start editing it. Any changes you make are automatically saved in Drive.

To store newly created Office files in Drive

  1. In Microsoft Office, create new documents, spreadsheets, or presentations.
  2. To store your new file in Drive, click Save to Drive and follow the instructions from there.

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