One of my favorite features of Google Docs is the ease of sharing and collaborating on a document.  Here is how you can convert your MS Word files to the Google Doc format.

1. From your Google Drive select the MS Word Document.

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The icon for MS Word Documents look like this:word icon

The icon for Google Docs looks like this:    GDoc icon

2.  Click on the 3 dot “more actions” icon and select “open with”;

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3.Then choose “Google Docs” from the drop down menu.

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4. Your document will take a few seconds to open and you will see the  “thinking page” ….

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5. Your Word Document will automatically open in the Google Doc format. Some of the original formatting may be slightly different. You can edit and share as needed.  Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 11.00.57 PM

This will not replace the original Word Document.  Both copies will be saved in your Google Drive.


You can also automatically convert a Word Doc to a Google Doc upon uploading to your Google Drive by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Drive settings in the upper right corner
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  2. Make sure the “Convert Uploads” checkbox is checked and click Done.
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  3. Now anytime you upload a Word Doc, it will automatically be converted to a Google Doc.