Microsoft apps (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) use up space apparently for no reason. At this point, I do not use them. I am using a Samsung J7 with Android 6, with 16Gb internal storage and no SD card.

Since I often run out of space, I check which apps are using it. I always find Microsoft apps are taking up space for data, and this seems strange to me.

For instance, I go to Settings -> Applications -> Application Manager -> Word -> Storage, and I see:

Total 256 MB
App 104 MB
Data 152 MB

Why would Word use 152 MB of Data, if I did not read/use any?
I hit CLEAR DATA not long ago, and I checked that the corresponding storage space was actually freed to 0 MB. Now it is taking again 152 MB.
What are those data?
It is not that much space, but in my case it makes a difference.

Excel and PowerPoint behave similarly.

A stranger case seems to be OneNote, with

Total 3.89 MB
App 0 MB
Data 3.89 MB

EDIT: Now, two days after the initial post, Word takes up 16 kB. That is fine. I will check periodically to see when it increases Data size.

EDIT: A couple of months after the initial OP, without using any of the apps, Excel had 251Mb of Data.

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    If you never use them - remove them. – Άνδρας Oct 2 '17 at 9:46
  • @Alex.S - I currently do not use them, and I certainly considered removing them. But I am not certain I would not use them in the (near?) future. – sancho.s ReinstateMonicaCellio Oct 2 '17 at 13:26
  • @sancho.s Microsoft's Word and Excel are heavy because they are feature rich. You have so many alternatives like DocsToGo, Smart Office, WPS Office which are all-in-one type of apps. I use DocsToGo for viewing documents because I never edit documents on mobile. It is a pain to do so. – MANI Oct 3 '17 at 2:56
  • @MANI - The question is about the size of Data, not App, so I guess the comment does not address the OP. Anyway, thanks for the suggested app. – sancho.s ReinstateMonicaCellio Oct 3 '17 at 9:17

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