Google Docs Adds Office Excel 2007 XLSX Support - gHacks Tech News

Google Docs Adds Office Excel 2007 XLSX Support

While Google Mail (Gmail) is already able to display the new Office 2007 file formats such as xlsx, docx or pptx by converting them to HTML format so that they can be viewed online, Google Docs was not capable of doing so until very recently.

This is kinda strange as one would think that Google Docs would be the primary application to support the new Microsoft Office XML formats.

Google's priority appears to have been different. The developers of the company have finally started to add support for the new Office 2007 file formats to Google Docs. While support is currently limited to Excel xlsx spreadsheets, support for other formats will be added in the future according to Google.

Not all pages have been updated in Google Docs with the information about the added Excel 2007 xlsx support though.

The upload page for example does not list the new format as supported. The two other Microsoft Office 2007 file formats, that is Word 2007 with docx and PowerPoint 2007 with pptx, are not yet supported but it is very likely that the Google Docs team will add support for those file formats eventually.

The conversion of Excel xlsx files produces good but not excellent results. The color highlighting of a test Excel 2007 file was for example not displayed on the Google Docs page of the document.

The main information on the other hand were all displayed the way they looked in the real Office Excel document.

google docs microsoft office

Update: Google Docs supports all Microsoft Office 2007 formats now. You can upload them just like any other document to the service.

Note that Google will suggest to convert Microsoft Office formats to Google document formats when you upload these files. You do not have to do that, and I would recommend not to do it to preserve the original document information and all.

Google Docs supports the exporting of documents to the new Microsoft Office formats as well. Simply select File > Download As, and then the desired format. This allows you to convert any document on Google Docs to an Office 2007 document format.

Summary
Google Docs Adds Office Excel 2007 XLSX Support
Article Name
Google Docs Adds Office Excel 2007 XLSX Support
Description
Google Docs, Google's online document creation, editing, and hosting service, supports the new Microsoft Office 2007 formats XLSX, PPTX and DOCX now.
Author
Publisher
Ghacks Technology News
Logo
Advertisement

We need your help

Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.

We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.

If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:


Previous Post: «
Next Post: »

Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

    Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.