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Default OT opening an Excel document stored on Google Drive

Murmansk wrote:
A friend of mine works from home since last March and they use Google Drive to store stuff and Google Sheets for spreadsheets.

Problem is some stuff needs to be in Excel as some "customers" can't use Google sheets and need a "proper" spreadsheet!

My friend had a problem with her computer and lost access to some Excel stuff that was on her local hard disk. I wondered why she didn't have these vital Excel files stored on Google Drive so they'd be accessible even though her computer was knackered.

She has some Excel files stored on Drive but claims that they end up being opened in Google Sheets rather than Excel.

Are you getting bored yet!?

I seemed to me that she "simply" needs to go into Excel then go File, Open, navigate to Google Drive and open the Excel file in question - but it's not that easy it seems!

Has anyone else been though this pain? Is it possible? Doesn't seem much to ask to me but it looks like it's harder than it should be!

(Poorly formatted web page...)

Google replacing Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office with Drive File Stream in June

"How to Install Google Drive File Stream"

"Drive File Stream's name is changing to Google Drive for desktop. Learn more about the change."

There's a download file here, but who knows what
it does and what it's good for. 253MB !!!

The file is named like File Stream, but of course
it's renamed to something else once you install it.

There might even be a setting to "turn on" Office integration.

It's the Cloud. Are we having fun yet ? No ?

The 253MB download, has a Dokan DLL in it, implying
Google is doing file system integration with their package.