Google is changing the default mode for Microsoft Office files in Google Drive on the web. Now, when you double-tap on an office file, it will open in office editing.
Previously, double-clicking would open a preview of the document, from which users could choose whether to open in Office editing mode or download the file. You can still use the preview mode by right-clicking the file and clicking ‘Preview’, or by pressing ‘P’ on the keyboard while double-clicking the file.
Now users can directly edit, comment, and collaborate office files by using the familiar interface of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, with changes, automatically saved to the files in its existing office format. This new change makes it faster and starts editing documents.
- This change will apply to all compatible Office file types, including, docx, .doc, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm
- Password-protected Office files will not open directly in Office editing mode.
- These files will continue to open in Preview mode.
- If the “Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides” Chrome extension is installed, we will redirect to the extension and not to Docs, Sheets, or Slides. This is the same as if you select “Open with” today.
Now the Google Drive Office editing is rolling out, and it will take a few weeks for complete implementation. It’s available for:
Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers and users with personal Google Accounts.