Now you can edit Microsoft Office documents straight from email attachments


Google is making it effortless to work with Microsoft Office files. Google is now allowing users to directly edit Office files attachments in Gmail like it already allows with Google Docs or Google Sheets files.

Google Workspace was previously known as G Suite which encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet and Calendar. Google Workspace has provided compatibility with Office files from Word, PowerPoint and Excel for some time. Earlier, documents had to be imported into Google Drive in order to edit or modify them while attachments in email were only allowed to be viewed.

However, this new workflow streamlines that process significantly. Now, you can directly open and edit an Office file with the help of Google Docs editor simply by clicking on it, same like you would do a local Google Doc. But the new edit function does not convert Office files into Google Docs instead of this it safeguard the original file format.

Gmail will let the users respond to the original email and incorporate the new updated file which is still in an Office file format, without the need that they download first and then re-attach the file which is updated.

Google is also working in order to ensure that the Office files function more smoothly in Google Docs with the new launch of the company. The company is launching a new Macro Converter add-on for Google Workspace which is designed in a way to help users and organizations import their macros from Excel to Sheets even more easily.

Moreover, Google is also working to add preferable document orientation and image support to Google Docs and allowing for documents with both horizontal and vertical orientation, along with the images which are placed behind the text and watermarks. Although, the new image feature will not be available until next year.


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