How To Convert Word to Google Doc
Updated · May 06, 2022
We’ve all used Microsoft Word at one point in our lives. Some of us for school and university, others for work. Many still use it.
However, it has become a bit old-school.
There are lots of newer writing software options out there. Unsurprisingly, though, many people have switched to Google Docs. Why? Well, in contrast with MC Word, which works offline and requires purchasing, Google Docs is entirely web-based and completely free. It also allows for easy collaboration and sharing.
In this article, I’ll teach you how to convert Word to Google Doc.
I suppose that if you’re considering switching from Word to Docs, you’d want to take your precious files with you. If I’m correct, then worry not. I’m here to show you just how to do it:
How To Convert Word To Google Doc?
To transfer a Word doc to Google Doc, you need to follow these steps:
- Open your Google Drive
- Click on New
- Select File Upload
- Upload the Word file from your computer and open it
- Click on the File menu and select Save as Google Docs
Now let me guide you through them:
Step By Step Guide
1. Open your Google Drive
You can access your Drive by clicking on the Google Apps icon and selecting it. The icon is placed in the upper right corner of the main Google.com page, next to your Google profile picture. You’ll have to sign in to your profile.
Another way to begin converting a Word doc to a Google Doc is to simply navigate to https://drive.google.com
2. Click on New
On the top left of your screen, you’ll find the New button, and after clicking it, you’ll see a drop-down menu:
3. Select File Upload
4. Upload the Word file from your computer and open it.
Find the Word file among your folders and double click it:
You’ll see the file being uploaded on the bottom right. After completion, double click on the upload to open it:
5. Click on the File menu and select Save as Google Docs
You’ll find the File menu on the upper left. After clicking on it, Save as Google Docs will show up as the fifth option from the top:
The converted file will open in a new tab:
A Less-Known Shortcut
If you want to avoid all the steps above, you can simply go to Settings and check the "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format."
That way, all your uploaded files will be automatically converted to a Google Docs format.
That’s how to turn a Word doc into a Google doc on a desktop. Can you do the same on your smartphone?
Yes, you can.
Converting a Word Doc To Google Doc on a Mobile
Let’s sum up the steps first:
- Open the Google Drive app
- Tap the “+” button and select Upload
- Find the Word file on your phone, upload, then open it
- Tap on the drop-down menu and select Share and export
- Select Save as
- Select Google Docs format
Now, let’s see how to upload a Word doc to Google Docs in detail:
Step By Step Guide
1. Open the Google Drive app
Download the Google Drive and Google Docs apps. Open the former.
2. Tap the “+” button and select Upload
The “+” is in the lower right corner of your screen:
After you tap it, choose Upload from the options that come up:
3. Find the Word file on your phone, upload, then open it
Look for the Word file on your phone, then tap on it to upload it.
Open the file.
4. Tap on the drop-down menu and select Share and export
The drop-down menu is in the upper right corner:
When you tap on it, Share and export shows up as the sixth option:
5. Select Save as
6. Select Google Docs format
Now the file will be saved in your Drive in both the Microsoft Word and Google Docs formats.
So that’s how to convert Word to Google Doc!
Not hard at all, right?
Techjury.net's manager. Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.
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