I upload a .docx file to a directory in Google Drive, and can't find an option to open it with Google Doc, when right clicking it. How can I open the .docx file stored in Google Drive with Google Doc?

In the screenshot, the .docx file seems not recognized by Google Doc. (I have chosen app DocHub, but it is not Google Doc. I remember Google Doc can work with .docx files.)

(I share the directory on Google drive with others, and we will edit the files there and create new files there.)

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  • Welcome to Web Applications Checkout Work with Microsoft Office files. If you need further help, please show that you tried to follow the instructions of the referred help article and add a brief description of your search efforts as is suggested in How to Ask. Apr 12, 2021 at 14:13
  • While I thank you for the link, my post showed exactly it doesn't work. Am I not following your rule or is my post not being read?
    – Ben
    Apr 12, 2021 at 14:22
  • It doesn't as it doesn't show that you are using Chrome, uninstalled the referred extension, etc. Apr 12, 2021 at 14:23
  • I don't have the extensions mentioned in the link installed in Chromium browser
    – Ben
    Apr 12, 2021 at 14:24
  • OK. Anyway, you should mention that you are using Chromium, not Chrome. P.S. Chromium is not the same as Chrome. Apr 12, 2021 at 14:25

2 Answers 2


I figured out an awkward workaround.

  1. upload the docx file to Google Doc, which converts the file to google document type

  2. in Google Doc, File->Move the file to the directory in Google Drive.

It is not as direct and convenient as a hypothetical way where we can upload the file to Google Drive and make the file recognizable by Google Doc. ("hypothetical", because I don't know how to do that.)


The file type is Unknown File. You have to fix that first.

You might try to upload the file again, or if are able to use Google Apps Script / Google Drive API make a copy and set the correct MIME type to it.


  • Thanks. The link you gave in comment is exactly to show MS Office word file work in Google Drive and Google Doc. So do .docx files work with Google Doc?
    – Ben
    Apr 12, 2021 at 14:53
  • I am not familiar with API. Could you provide specific steps to modify its mime type? (I know a little about curl and can pick up other command line tools in Linux). Thanks
    – Ben
    Apr 12, 2021 at 14:56
  • Does Google Drive not have a UI feature for that purpose? Do I have to use API?
    – Ben
    Apr 12, 2021 at 14:58
  • Which MIME type do you change the file to that will work? Could you verify your solution and provide specific steps with commands?
    – Ben
    Apr 12, 2021 at 16:00

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