by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 3, 2013)
The most popular word processing software in the world is Microsoft Word. Lots of people are making the switch to Google Docs, however, so that they can take advantage of the unique tools it provides. Even if the switch isn't an outright abandonment of Word, many people have added Docs to their arsenal of tools they use on their computer.
This means that, at some point, you might have a need to get an existing Word document into Docs. Fortunately, this is rather easy to do:
Figure 1. Choosing files to convert.
At this point, Drive grabs each of the files and converts them into Docs format. You will then see the documents in the documents list maintained by Drive. You can edit the converted documents by clicking the document names, the same as you would with a regular Docs document.
Understand that the Word documents you upload are not maintained in their original Word format. This means that much of the formatting that you may have applied in Word won't appear in the converted document. Why? Because Docs doesn't have all the formatting bells and whistles that Word has. In addition, any graphics or other objects you might have had in the Word document are stripped out of the Docs document.
The upshot is that you can expect to spend a good deal of time reformatting a document after you convert it to Docs format. (Or, if you are using the Docs collaboration feature, you and your collaborators can work on reformatting the document together.)
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