MS Office Online Viewer Chrome Extension
Similar to the Google Drive Viewer, Microsoft also offers an online document viewer integrated with its Office Online suite. Microsoft’s online document viewer supports only Office Document formats (Word, PowerPoint and Excel files), while on the other hand Google’s Drive Viewer supports tons of file formats including PDF, HTML, ZIP etc.
There are several benefits of using these online viewers. First of all, you don’t need to have any specific software installed on your computer. Moreover, it is safe to open possibly vulnerable files on remote computers/servers.
How to use ‘Open with Office Online’ extension
To use this small but powerful extension for Google Chrome browser, add it to Chrome from Web Store here. After successful installation, you should visit this test page which has links to sample online Office files. Right click on any link and you should notice an option “Open with Office Online” in the context menu, as shown in the following screenshot.
Click on that option, and you will be directed to the Office Online Viewer where you can view that file. Similarly, you can view any online and publicly accessible DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, PPS, XLS or XLSX file. You can directly save the opened files to your OneDrive account.
- Install the extension from Chrome Web Store
- Test working of this extension here
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