How to Edit Word Documents in Google Docs

Open and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in Google Docs

Next to Microsoft Office, Google Docs is the most popular platform for writing and editing documents. You can also open and edit your Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in Google Docs. As an added bonus, everything you do in Google Docs is automatically saved in the cloud.

How to Open a Word Document in Google Docs

Here's how to upload and open a Microsoft Word document in Google Docs. The process is identical for PowerPoint and Excel documents.

  1. Sign in to your Google account and go to your Google Drive. Google Docs documents are stored in your Google Drive.

  2. Select New in the upper-left corner of the screen.

    Google Drive - New selected
  3. Select File upload.

    Google Drive - File upload selected
  4. Another window opens for you to browse to the location of your Word document. Find the file, and upload it.

  5. Google Drive takes a few seconds to import the file. You'll receive a notification in the lower-right corner of the screen. It lets you know when the upload is complete. You'll also see the document appear in your drive.

    Google Drive - document uploaded
  6. Select your document in the drive to open it.

    Google Drive - select document to upload
  7. You'll see your document in the Google Drive viewer. It looks like a browser-based PDF file viewer. At the top of the document, select Open with Google Docs.

    Google Drive - Open with Google Docs selected
  8. The document opens in Google Docs. From here, you can start typing anywhere in the document, and your changes will immediately save. You can also use the editing tools in the Google Docs header. These tools are almost identical to the editing tools in Microsoft Word. Google Docs' keyboard shortcuts are also the same as Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts.

    To share the document and collaborate with others, select Share in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Google Docs - edit