How To Edit Microsoft Word and Excel Files Offline on a Chromebook

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

  1. Open up chrome://flags/#enable-quick-office-editing
  2. Enable the flag
  3. Restart your Chromebook
  4. Try editing a Word or Excel file without connecting to the internet!

Got it working? It should, because  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:

Chrome OS is just a browser. But these days, it is a browser that can do much more than just browsing!

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Adam 30/06/2013, 2:17 pm

    The integration with Quickoffice can help make Chromebooks more attractive to business customers. However, there are other Windows applications out there in the enterprise. For example, ERP, CRM and even internally developed applications need to be accessed as well.

    Chromebook users that want to work with Windows applications beyond Microsoft Office can use existing solutions such as Ericom AccessNow. AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to connect to Terminal Server or VDI virtual desktops, and run any Windows application (not just MS Office) or even full desktops in a browser tab.

    For an online, interactive demo, open your Chrome browser and visit:

    Please note that I work for Ericom

  • Victor T. 19/07/2013, 11:00 pm

    Thanks for guide! I will be testing it out shortly.