Someone send you a Word document, but you don’t have Word? Giving up on Word and making the change to Google Docs? No problem; Google Docs lets you easily import Word documents. And while it might not support some of the more advanced features and formatting of some Word documents, it works pretty well.

How to Import a Word Document into Google Docs

To view a Word document on Google Docs, you must first upload the file to your Google Drive. Open Google Drive, click “New,” and then click “File Upload” to get started.

Navigate to your file(s) and then click “Open.”

Alternatively, you can drag and drop a file from your computer directly into the web browser for an easy upload.

Once your file uploads, right-click it, point to “Open With” on the context menu, and then select “Google Docs.”

Google then converts your Word document into a Google Docs file.

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After you’ve finished editing your file, you can either share it with others or download and export your document back into a Microsoft Word format by going to File > Download As and then clicking the “Microsoft Word” option.

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If you’d rather download your document in PDF, ODT, TXT, or other formats, you can do that too.

The file is then downloaded to the browser’s default download folder.

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