As a Windows program, Microsoft Excel is not natively supported on Chromebooks. However, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s possible to use Microsoft Excel on Chromebooks.
Use Microsoft Excel on the Chromebook
Although Chromebooks come preinstalled with free software for working with spreadsheets (Google Sheets), many users still prefer to use Microsoft Excel.
So let’s go ahead and take a look at different ways to use Microsoft Excel on Chromebook.
1. Download Microsoft Excel on Chromebook
The easiest way to use Microsoft Excel on a Chromebook is to download and install the Microsoft Office app on your Chromebook.
If you don’t want the entire suite of Office apps on your Chromebook, you can download just the specific Microsoft Excel app on your Chromebook.
1. Go to Google play store on your Chromebook.
2. search for that apartment (Microsoft Office or Microsoft Excel) that you want to download.
Note: Alternatively, you can reach the Excel download page via this link: Download the Excel app from the Google Play Store.
3. Once you’ve found your favorite app (Office or Excel), click on it To install Button.
4. Once the app is downloaded, use the launcher to open Microsoft Excel app on your Chromebook.
5. Once you’re in Excel, you’ll need to sign in with your personal Microsoft account or your account associated with the Microsoft Office subscription.
The rest is practically the same as when working with Microsoft Excel on Windows or Mac.
2. Download and install Office Online on Chromebook
If you have an older version of Chromebook and are using the Chrome Web Store, you’ll need to download and install it office online Renewal.
1. Go to Chrome web store on your Chromebook.
2. Make sure you are extensions Tab in side menu and Search for Microsoft Office on the web.
3. Download and install it Office Online extension on your Chromebook.
With the Office Online Extension, you can create, view, edit, and collaborate on Excel files in your web browser.
Working with Microsoft Excel Online is similar to using the desktop version of Excel and it can be accessed from any browser, including Google Chrome.
Unlike the desktop version, you need a Microsoft account to use Excel Online, and all your files are saved to your OneDrive account instead of being saved to the desktop.
3. Edit the Microsoft Excel file using Google Sheets
With the native Google Sheets app on your Chromebook, you can open, view, and edit Microsoft Excel files directly on a Chromebook.
If Google Sheets isn’t available, you can download the app from the Google Play Store and also from the Chrome Web Store.
1. open that files app on your Chromebook.
2. Click on Downloads in the left pane and click the Excel file you want to edit.
3. Make changes to the Excel file as needed and save the file as an Excel file.
The edited Excel file will be saved in your Google Drive account, which you can access at any time or share with others.
The Google Sheets app supports most Microsoft Excel features, including pivot tables, which should be enough for most users.
However, advanced Excel users who want to use VBA commands will be disappointed; VBA commands don’t work in Google Sheets.
Collaboration tool in Google Sheets
A good feature of Google Sheets is the collaboration tool, which allows multiple people to work on the same file at the same time.
This should be great news for those who may have tried using the painful document sharing feature in Microsoft Excel.
Compared to Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets works much better in shared environments and also makes it so easy to pull live data into spreadsheets (like live currency conversion data).