How to Use Microsoft Office on a Chromebook

Microsoft no longer supports Android Office apps on Chromebook, but you can still use Microsoft Office on a Chromebook. Here’s how.

If you’re a Chromebook user, you might think the only way to finish your document and spreadsheet work is to use Google Docs.

However, if you need access to the options and features provided by Microsoft Office, you can use Microsoft Office on a Chromebook. You can install the Progressive Web App version, which is similar to using Office Online, but with more features. It offers an app-like experience without having to install a huge software suite.

Here’s how to use Microsoft Office on a Chromebook.

Using Microsoft Office Web Apps on a Chromebook

To use Microsoft Office on your Chromebook, all you need is the bundled web browser. Previously, you could also use Office Android apps, but the ship has sailed. Even if you have a Chromebook that runs Android apps and you can still download them, support for Office Android apps has ended. This is probably a good thing since the web version is simpler.

One of the easiest ways to get Office on your Chromebook is to install the Microsoft 365 Progressive Web App (PWA) directly from your Chrome browser. To use the web version of Microsoft Office on Chromebook, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Chrome browser, go to Office.com and sign in with your Microsoft account.

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  1. Once connected, click on the small Install Office the icon that appears at the top right of the address bar, then click the icon To install button.

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  1. Installation only takes a second and the PWA application launches. It looks like the online version of Office but works like the mobile or desktop versions.

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That’s all we can say about it. You can resize it, receive notifications, work offline, and pin the icon to the taskbar. Click the menu button in the top left to access the various Office apps available or choose one from the sidebar.

What about Android Office apps on Chromebook?

It’s worth mentioning that Microsoft no longer supports Android versions of Office apps on Chromebook. Instead, support was removed last September in place of the PWA option explained above. If you launch an Android Office app, you’ll get a message telling you that it’s not supported.

It says to use the web version for the best and up-to-date experience and gives you a link to Office.com.

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Android versions of Microsoft Office apps scaled well on Chromebooks, and they’re easy to use with a keyboard and trackpad. Although Microsoft has ended support for Android Office apps, we can still download and install them on Chromebook at the time of this article. We can then access other files online and make changes after logging in with a Microsoft account.

It’s unclear how long the apps will be available through the Play Store. So, since they no longer receive updates and support has ended, it’s probably best to upgrade to the PWA version. Not to mention, you’ll see that annoying notification displayed above every time you try to launch an Android Office app.

Using Microsoft Office on Chromebook

Having the ability to access Microsoft Office on your Chromebook is useful in many different situations. For example, it has a more robust feature set than Google Docs, and with Microsoft 365 you can work on documents or spreadsheets from anywhere.

There are cool tricks and features built into your Chromebook. For example, you can run Linux apps on a Chromebook or connect your phone to it. Of course, like any technological device, they can act. If you’re troubleshooting a problem, learn how to use the diagnostic scan tool on Chromebook.

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