How to run and use Microsoft 365 on a Chromebook?

If you own a Chromebook and are wondering how to use Microsoft Office applications on it, then this “How-to” guide is going to help you in many ways. Many Chromebook users, when they can’t use Office productivity tools on it, think that every effort they put in to use Microsoft 365 will eventually go in vain.

As we all know that Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based plan and can be used in almost all modern-day devices. Whether you own a Windows-based PC, a Mac, or a Chromebook, Microsoft 365 is compatible with all. However, the way to use it varies from device to device.

In fact, the way to use it on a Chromebook is slightly different as compared to Windows or Mac PC. Hence, if you were struggling to find out the most appropriate way to set up Office on a Chromebook, then you may find this article handy.

In today’s post, I shall explain to you the two best ways to get started with using Microsoft 365, specifically on a Chromebook.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s jump right into it.

Ways to use Microsoft 365 on a Chromebook

In the section to follow, we shall have a glance at the two basic methods that will help a Chromebook user to get going with the initial setup. In the first section, we will learn the process to use Microsoft 365 applications online and the latter part of the article will showcase using these apps on a Chrome Operating System.

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You might need to apply these two methods for different apps because some of them might not work online while others may not be downloaded from the application store. After purchasing your subscription to Microsoft 365, you will be able to begin the following procedures.


If you own one of the latest versions of Chromebook, you might not need to use Office apps online as most of the newer versions of Office allow you to get all the Office apps directly from the Play Store. Moreover, the college or school students who have been offered a free Office subscription from their institutions might need to collect the Microsoft Office account login details from their respective administration.

  • Installing Office apps on a Chrome OS

Before initiating this process, please be sure that your device has the “Play Store” in it. If it doesn’t have the Play Store, then you may skip directly to the next section where we have explained how to use Office apps online. If your Chromebook does have the Play Store, here is how to get going with installing Office on it:

  1. Power on your Chromebook and navigate to its lower-left corner
  2. Here, you need to access the Launcher and look for Play Store
  3. If it is available, click on it to launch the Play Store
  4. In its search bar, type the name of one of the Office apps
  5. From the search result, select the genuine Office application
  6. Now, click on the “Install” option present on the page
  7. Wait for the installation to complete and run the installed app
  8. For this, click on the Launcher once again
  9. In it, find the Office app that you just installed
  10. Click on the application to run it

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Note: If you are not signed in already, then you may be asked to sign in to your Office/Microsoft account. Make sure that this account is the same with which you purchased your Microsoft 365 subscription.

In the same way, you can download and install as many Office applications as you want based on their availability.

  • The process to access Office apps online

If you find out that your Chrome device does not have a Play Store on it, then you are suggested to use the preferred Office apps online. These online applications come with full functionality as the Office setup software that you download on your device. All you need to do is navigate to the Chrome Web Store and get the extension to use Office online.

As soon as you open this extension, it gives you the ability to create Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and more directly from your Chrome web browser. Else, go to, sign in to your account, and then add Office apps to your device for easy access. In addition to that, if you need Office only to create documents, then you can use its alternative as well. To serve this purpose, you can use Google Docs instead of Word which has similar features in it. Also, you can use it without having to purchase a Microsoft 365 subscription.

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All in all, we can say that running Office on Chromebook is slightly a different experience. It only takes a few minutes to get the Office apps on your Chromebook. Once you are done with installing the apps you need, you can use them as long as your subscription plan lasts. If you wish to continue using Office for longer, then you can easily renew your subscription manually or by opting for auto-renewal services directly from your Microsoft 365 account.