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Darryl in Lufkin, Texas listens on 710 KEEL out of Shreveport, LA and asked: “I’m wondering if I need to add the Microsoft suite – or any of the features like Excel, Powerpoint or Word – to my Chrome. (Assuming he means Chromebook) I’ve got a small Chrome that was made by Samsung. I just retired so I don’t have access to any of those programs through my work. So I’m wondering how do you get a hold of those. I guess they are on the market for Windows 10 or higher.”
Darryl, Chromebooks cant install desktop software. Everything they do is web-based so if you want to access Microsofts office suite you will have to use the online versions.
You can head to office.com and sign up for a limited free version there.
Made by Samsung or not, Chromebooks are Google devices. Theyll try to prioritize their own office suite above all else, so you almost certainly already have shortcuts to Googles own office suite in your Chromebook.
You can look for Docs as a Word replacement, Sheets is an Excel replacement, Slides replaces PowerPoint, and there are a couple of other Google apps that will be available but you probably wont have any use for.
Googles office suite is as close to a clone of Microsofts as they could get to without being sued, so if you opt for theirs over Microsofts you will barely notice a difference.
Most Sheets functions are named the same and work the same as Excel functions, most Word functionality is in Docs, and so forth.
Both options are available online though, so you can stick to Office 365 if thats your preference.
Sam in Wilmington, Delaware listens on WDEL and asked: “I need to know how to transfer files from the computer I have to the new computer I bought.”
Sam, it depends on your computer but usually there are a few options.
You can manually move them either by sharing folders via your homes network, or for an easier option, by moving them to an external drive of some sort, and from that drive to your new computer.
Microsofts latest push is to get you to upload all of your files to their paid storage, then download them to the new computer, or better yet, just leave them there and pay them to store it!
There is software out there that can migrate the data for you, for example PCMover, or EaseUS PCTransfer. They are paid solutions but they will make things easy for you.
If youre setting up a new Mac, then when you first turn it on the operating systems set up wizard will ask you if you want to migrate your old content and take care of it for you as part of the set up process.
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