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There are applications available for Android in the Google play store that will allow you to use Microsoft docs. You may need to save them properly on your computer.

Is it possible to read Open Office documents made from a Windows XP OS netbook via a pen drive to a netbook with the Android operating system?

In this excerpt from Answercast #42, I look at reading and editing documents on an Android device.

Docs on Android

The short answer is yes.

There are two things you need to be aware of.

  • One is you probably want to save your documents in a Microsoft Office compatible format – .doc or docx. .Doc is probably the most reliable in the situation here.

The other piece of the puzzle you need is that:

  • There are applications available for Android in the Google play store that will allow you to open, read and even operate on Microsoft Office formatted documents – including at least both .doc and Excel spreadsheets.

Free Android tools

There are, I believe some free tools out there.

At a minimum, they'll let you view documents. But I know that there are actually some small office suites available in the play store that will allow you to operate on (edit, modify, save, etc,) Office compatible documents.

So, have a look in the Android store, in the Google play store.

  • Look for Office as a keyword and I think you'll find exactly what you're looking for.

As long as the documents, as I said, are originally saved in a Microsoft compatible format, you should be just fine.

Article C5679 - August 9, 2012 « »

Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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August 9, 2012 11:43 AM

The simplest solution is, if you already have Google Drive (which was Google Docs) installed, you can get a tiny wrapper program that just let you open local files in that. The upside is you can open any file that Google Docs can understand (which is pretty much everything, including libreoffice native .odf files), the downside is you need an internet connection to view files, since they're rendered on Google's servers.

There are a few such wrappers floating around Play Store, I picked one called "Docs Viewer" (free) pretty much at random; they all do the same thing.

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