As you know, Chromebooks are different from regular Windows laptops and you can’t install Windows apps on them. So if you have a need to use Microsoft Office Suite on your Chromebook, you won’t be able to install Microsoft Office software, but there are ways to fix that. Here’s how you can use Microsoft Office on a Chromebook for free.
Through the Microsoft Office Android application
Most recent Chromebooks support Android apps, which means you can run Android apps on your Chromebook. This is currently the easiest method to run MS Office on a Chromebook. Just go to the Google Play Store and download the Office apps available for Chromebooks and Android.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Open Google Play Store.
2. Click the search bar and enter the name of the Office program you need.
3. Select a program.
4. Click Install.
5. Once the download is complete, open the app in Chrome launcher.
6. Sign in with your existing Microsoft account. You can sign in with a subscription account for Office 365.
Use Microsoft Office online
Not all Chromebooks allow you to download Office apps. Using Microsoft Office Online makes this possible. Using this online version, you get access to editing and working, and sharing Office files directly in the browser. The only condition is that you need an Internet connection before MS Office can work on your Chromebook.
While this gives you an alternative to Google Drive, it’s not really ideal. You can still enjoy Microsoft Office on your Chromebook even without the Google Play Store, but you don’t have access to all your favorite features on Mac or Windows.
So if your Chromebook doesn’t support Android, there’s no need to fret. This second method is the perfect choice for you. This is one of the great features you’ll love when using MS Office on a Chromebook.
While the Chromebook is part of the Google ecosystem, you don’t lose all of your control to Google. You should still have access to all your favorite apps. Here are some of the apps you might want to work with online with Microsoft Office:
- Excel online
- OneNote online
- PowerPoint online
- Microsoft sway
- Word online
Using Microsoft Office for a Chromebook is pretty straightforward. You can run Android apps or online versions. Both should work fine, albeit with some limitations.