Google Docs



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Google Docs (documents) can be created from scratch (by clicking the red "Create" button) or uploaded from a computer hard drive or server by clicking the arrow next to the "Create" button. Once a file is created or uploaded, it can be shared with individuals for group editing (blue share button) , or with the public for viewing if the file is embedded in a site. Group editing and embedding make a Google doc a robust educational option.

You can upload and store any file format. In addition, with many of the file formats you have the option to convert the file into a Google Doc for editing and collaboration. After you're done collaborating and have a finished product, you can export the document to be used with other word processing, spreadsheet or presentation programs.



Docs

Spreadsheets

Presentations

Drawings

Import & Convert

Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)

OpenDocument text (.odt)

StarOffice text (.sxw)

Rich text (.rtf)

Plain text (.txt)

HTML (.htm, .html)

Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx)

OpenDocument spreadsheet (.ods)

Comma-separated values (.csv, .txt)

Microsoft Powerpoint (.ppt, .pptx, .pps)

Windows Metafile (.wmf)

Export

Microsoft Word(.doc)

OpenDocument text (.odt)

Rich text (.rtf)

Plain text (.txt)

HTML (.htm, .html)

PDF

Microsoft Excel (.xls)

OpenDocument spreadsheet (.ods)

Comma-separated values (.csv, .txt)

PDF, HTML

Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt)

PDF (.pdf)

Text (.txt)

PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF


You can also convert documents to a Google Docs format if you happened to upload it in an unconverted format. While in the document list, right-click on the file you want to convert and select Make a Google Docs copy. This doesn’t modify your original file and adds a new Google Docs copy to your docs list.


A cautionary note


When you upload a file to your Google docs account, think about how important it is to maintain the formatting. If you have a Word file that contains tables, for instance, you may lose the Microsoft formatting. It may be advisable to save a doc as a pdf before uploading if the formatting is very important.