You can automatically convert Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files to the Google Doc format by uploading them into your Google Drive folder via the web. Just following these steps:

  1. Go to the Google Drive settings in the upper right cornerScreen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.34.58 AM
  2. Make sure the “Convert Uploads” checkbox is checked and click Done.screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-11-54-18-am
  3. Now anytime you upload a Word, Excel, and PowerPoint file, it will automatically be converted to the Google format.

Not sure if your files are in the Google Format or the MS Format?   Here is what the icons will like:

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

The icon for Google Docs will look like this:  GDoc icon

Please note:  Pages docs and PDFs do not get converted.

Do you already have MS Word Docs in Your Google Drive?   Here is how to convert them to the Google format: 

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

from drive choose word doc


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

open with 1st

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

open with 3 dots

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

working convert

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.