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Google Docs mention · March 15, 2019

How To Work With Images in Google Docs

Humans are wired to be drawn to visuals, and visuals are also a great way to highlight whatever point you're making. We've shown you how to use Google Docs, but now we'll dive into inserting and editing images in the app. So here's everything you need...read more
Google Docs mention · March 5, 2019

How to Use Google Docs

Google Docs is Google's take on word processing. Like all of Google's apps, it lives in the cloud, which makes it easy to share and collaborate on documents—even in real time. In this tutorial, we'll walk you through how to get started with Google Docs and...read more
Google Docs update · January 29, 2019

New for Our Google Docs Integration: Create Documents from Templates

Google Docs templates save you time on repetitive documents, whether it's invoices, meeting notes, offer letters, or anything in between. Now, with Zapier, you can streamline the process even more by automating what information is populated in your template. Zapier will automatically send information from the other apps you...read more
Google Docs mention · February 11, 2019

How to Create and Autopopulate a Google Docs Template

Google Docs templates save you from reinventing the wheel every time you need to create a similar-but-not-quite-the-same doc. Now, with Zapier, you can automate the template editing process, sending information from the other apps you use most into your Google Docs templates. You'll be able to automatically create new...read more
Google Docs mention · January 10, 2019

How to Use Autocorrect in Google Docs

Google Docs offers an autocorrect feature: It's called Automatic substitution. Here, we'll walk through how to set up and use it, as well as when it might be particularly useful. This autocorrect feature can save you time and make sure your frequently used phrases, sentences, or even paragraphs...read more
Google Docs mention · December 24, 2018

The Best Dictation Software for 2019

You can tell Alexa to turn on your lights or ask Siri to look up what year Die Hard was released (1988), but what else can you do with your voice and a little technology? With the best dictation software, you can compose memos, emails, speeches, and other writing using...read more
Google Docs update · July 25, 2018

New for Google Docs: AI-powered Grammar Suggestions

Spellcheck is a lifesaver—except for the times when it recommends the wrong word, and we accept the suggestion without double-checking. Collaborating on documents is equally crucial today—but also makes it easy to accidentally make grammar mistakes, use a or an incorrectly, and introduce other errors. Google Docs is...read more
Matthew Guay
Reviewed by Matthew GuayLast updated February 25, 2015

Just over a decade ago, if you wanted to write a formatted document, you’d need to install a word processor on your computer—which would typically come as part of an office suite for $100 or more. Today, just open a new tab, go to docs.google.com, and you’ve got the core word processing features you need for free.

Google Docs—which started out as Writely in 2005 before Google acquired it the following year—is along with Gmail the linchpin app in Google’s online office suite, G Suite. Its best claim to fame is that it’s free and works in any browser. And yet, the best reason to use it is for collaboration.

It’s a great word processor on its own. Need to make a new document? Open Google Docs, start from scratch or with a template, and you’ll likely not miss a thing from other word processor apps. It includes all the formatting features you’d expect, and while you can’t install your own fonts, it does include a wide range of typefaces from Google Fonts. To share data in your document, you can embed a graph from a Google Sheets spreadsheet. And, you can use the Google Keep notes app to gather data then drag it into your document from the Keep sidebar. Need anything else? There’s an add-ons store with a wide range of Google Docs add-ons to print labels, make template documents, add research and citations to documents, and more.

Thanks to being a web app, you can use it from any web browser as long as you have an internet connection. Install Google Docs’ Chrome extension, and you can edit Google Docs document offline, too. Or, install its mobile apps to edit documents online or off from your phone or tablet. You’ll never have to worry about saving your documents or copying them between computers.

It’s also great at sharing—perhaps the best reason to use Google Docs. You can share documents with anyone else via email, or with your whole team, or with anyone who has the document’s link. Everyone can edit the document together in real-time, adding suggested edits and comments as the document takes shape. You can then go back through the document history to see what changed and name versions for an easy way to jump back to specific versions of the document. And if you’re using Google Sheets with your company’s G Suite account, you can share template documents with your entire team.

Google Docs is one of the best ways to make traditional documents today. It’s still great at making for-print documents—and just as good at helping your team collaborate on shared digital documents you’ll never print.

Originally published February 25, 2015; re-written May 3, 2018 with a more detailed focus on Google Docs.

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