This Easy Plugin Integrates Google Drive Into Microsoft Office

Ben Stegner 05-11-2015

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 How To Best Use Your 15GB Of Free OneDrive Storage OneDrive gives you a healthy dose of cloud storage for free. Let's take a look at what you can do with that. Read More , 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.

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.


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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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Related topics: Google Drive, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 2016.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Seems like a neat addon, but personally I just use the regular Google Drive Desktop application. When saving files in the folder with Drive installed, it's automatically synced, so the functionality is much the same. In addition, I can upload every kind of file with ease, as it works just like a regular folder.

  2. Anonymous
    November 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Great article, very straightforward.