How to Convert Word Docs to Google Docs

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One of the most useful aspects of Google Docs is its compatibility with Microsoft Word. You can create a new Google Doc just by uploading a Word file.

I've often written my first pass of a document on in Word where I'm less distracted, and then uploaded it to Google to better collaborate with others. This feature is also useful if you no longer want to use Word, and have a library of old .doc or .docx files you want to keep using. 

Doing this involves three basic actions:

  1. Select File Upload in Google docs.
  2. Choose your Word doc.
  3. Open it in Google Drive (if you want to edit).

Step-by-Step Instructions with Screenshots

1. Open your Google Drive and click New.


2. Select File upload.wdgd2

3. Select the Word doc and click Open. The file will now upload.wdgd3

4. Double-click the uploaded doc.


5. Click Open with.


6. Select Google Docs.


Your Word Doc has been converted to a Google Doc.


Author Bio
Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Tyree McMann Says:

    Thought-provoking article , I am thankful for the information ! Does someone know if my business could possibly obtain a fillable WI WB-13 version to edit ?

  • Marty Says:

    A few things:

    1) If you open your .docx file in Docs, it creates a Google Docs version of that file, so in Drive you'll have two files of the same name. Your edits are only saved in the Google Docs file, so don't confuse the two.

    2) You can bulk upload your .docx files in Drive and have them converted to Google Docs file format. This way, you'll only have one version of your file in the proper format. Also, Google Docs files don't count against your Drive storage limit.

    3) Google Docs does not support Macros and some charts might not convert properly.

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