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Google Docs mention · March 21, 2019

What Is Version History and How to Use It in Google Docs?

Editing happens one revision at a time, but what if you feel like a previous version was better in some way? With Google Docs' version history you can review previous versions of any document. This lets you grab that one paragraph you regret deleting or even restore your document entirely...read more
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 mention · March 4, 2019

How To Collaborate in Google Docs

You've probably heard that Google Docs offers great collaboration features, but maybe you’re not quite sure how to get started. Don't worry! Here's how to collaborate on Google Docs, explained in simple terms with helpful screenshots. Note that these features are offered in Google Sheets and...read more
Google Docs mention · February 20, 2019

How to Save Gmail Attachments as Google Docs

Want to send an email attachment over to Google Drive? You can do that in a single click, or you can set things up so the transfer happens automatically. How to Save Gmail Attachments to Google Drive Manually First open the email with the attachment. Hover your mouse over the...read more
Google Docs mention · February 19, 2019

How to Edit a PDF in Google Drive

We've outlined the best PDF editor apps— and Google Drive isn't one of them. For filling in forms and editing layout, you might want to download your PDF from Drive and use one of those apps. But Google Drive can work in a pinch. Google Drive makes it...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 12, 2019

How to Save Google Docs to Dropbox

Google Drive and Dropbox are both great places to store files, but sometimes you're going to want to move a file that's in Google Docs over to Dropbox. Here's how to do that, both manually for an individual file or automatically for every file in a folder...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
Matthew Guay
Written 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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