Microsoft integrated OneDrive into many aspects of Windows starting with Windows 8, and it’s clear that they want you using it for all of your files, especially files related to Office. With their generous amounts of free space, you can throw plenty of documents, presentations, and spreadsheets into your cloud storage.
Despite this, those who prefer Google Drive can get their files hooked right inside the Office suite, too. Close any Office programs you have open, then download and run the Google Drive plug-in for Office. The next time you open Word (or one of the other Office programs), you’ll be asked to sign into your Google Account.
Using the new Google Drive plug-in, people using Office can open their documents stored in Drive, then save back to Drive once they’re done.
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Afterwards, you’ll notice a new Google Drive option under the Open tab. It lets you open recent documents from Drive and browse through what’s in your Drive for any compatible files. Just to be clear, you won’t be able to open Google Doc files inside Office. It just lets you open Office files stored on Google Drive.
If you often switch between Google Docs online and Office offline, you’ll appreciate this tool. The file changes to Google Drive are near instantaneous, which means you can quickly pull an important file, make an update, and have its changes synced. You can also save new documents directly to Google Drive if you choose.
Plugin is only available for Windows, but is compatible with Office 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.
Do you use Google Drive and Microsoft Office in harmony? What do you think of this plug-in? Let us know what you think!
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