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Does Microsoft Word Work On A Chromebook?

In today’s digital age, a lot of the writing that is done is no longer created by the usage of typewriters. 

Everything is ran through a computer of some sort, with the household names of the writing software being Microsoft Word and Google Docs.

With these two softwares being industry standard at this point, a question that needs to be answered is bound to come up sooner or later.

For people who don’t have a regular laptop that runs on the traditional Windows operating system, but have a Chromebook instead, they’ll want to know one thing.

Does Mircosoft Word work on a Chromebook?

A valid question, one that we’re going to dive in depth to so that we can find the answer.

Why Wouldn’t a Chromebook Run Microsoft Word?

When it comes to computers/laptops, there’s something called an operating system.

Much like one’s internal organs, or the engine and transmission of a car, the operating system is the thing that designates how the machinery is going to run and what it can and cannot do.

The common computer, like your HP’s, the Lenovo’s, and the Dells will usually run on the WindowsOs, which enables them to run software like Microsoft Word, Steam, and Adobe Photoshop.

On the other hand, however, when you step into the world of Chromebooks you’ll find that they don’t run on the same operating system as their contemporaries. WindowsOs and MacOs are for the regular laptops and Macs respectively, while Chromebooks use ChromeOs.

Since Chromebooks are using an operating system other than Windows, that would create a couple of hiccups if a user wanted to try to use Microsoft Word on Google’s flagship laptop.

All Hope Isn’t Lost

Although a Chromebook is usually limited to the native software that its operating system allows for, that doesn’t mean that all hope isn’t lost.

Using a Chromebook and being immersed into Google’s ecosystem of apps (which are in the process of being phased out, by the way) would definitely be an incentive to use the native Google Docs, but if you’re googling how to use Microsoft Docs then you know that there’s a way.

And there is a way.

Microsoft Office as an App/Progressive Web App

Part of the appeal of Google/Android is the Google Playstore, where a wide variety of apps are available for use at the click of a few buttons.

That rings true for Chromebooks as well since Chromebooks nowadays come equipped with the Google Playstore.

So for the first method of running Microsoft Word on your Chromebook, all you would have to do is open your Chromebook.

Check in your start menu and locate the Google Playstore.

Look up the Microsoft Word app, then download it.

Once it’s been downloaded, you’ll be asked to sign into your Microsoft Office, as well as give permission to access your media, photos, and files.

Sign in, and you’re good to go.

If you didn’t download before September 18, at the time of writing this article, the apps are no longer supported by Mircorsoft on Chromebook, instead being switched to Microsoft’s 365 service, which is basically a web-based version of the app. 

The steps are still the same, however, with you simply needing to install the website via the web store and sign in/ create a Microsoft Account.