Surprised reading the title? Yes, you can editing MS Word and Excel files offline on a Chromebook now. Don’t get excited yet, this feature is available only on development channel now, behind a flag. If you are already on dev channel, this is worth trying and takes only a minute or two to enable.
Enabling Offline Editing
- Open up chrome://flags/#enable-quick-office-editing
- Enable the flag
- Restart your Chromebook
- Try editing a Word or Excel file without connecting to the internet!
Got it working? It should, because François Beaufort said so 🙂 (Okay I haven’t got time to test this yet!)
Do not expect things to work perfect now, because this is still a “Work in progress”.
This feature is brought to you by Quickoffice which gave you the ability to view Word and Excel files offline on Chromebooks. Now we just have to wait and watch this feature evolving and making Chromebooks much more attractive to regular users. Let us mark one more item in the wishlist as done.
Note: If you are testing this out, please use the custom feedback form, it will be helpful for developers to track down bugs related to this feature and get them fixed quickly. The form is available here: http://goo.gl/VsGHL
Chrome OS is just a browser. But these days, it is a browser that can do much more than just browsing!