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About Google Docs

Google Docs is Google's free web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application. The online app allows users to easily share documents and collaboratively work on them in real-time.

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Key Features

  • Upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document
  • Add flair and formatting to your documents
  • Invite other people to collaborate on a document with you
  • Collaborate online in real time


Supported languages
English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Portuguese, Polish, Ukrainian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Serviceable Area
World Wide
Supported Platforms
  • Web Based
  • Mobile Web
  • Desktop Windows
  • Desktop Mac OSX
  • Desktop Linux
  • Mobile App IOS
  • Mobile App Android
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Support Options
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  • Knowledge Base
  • Online Support
  • Video Tutorials

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Domain Authority 94
Alexa Rank 24
Integration 67
Support options 90
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Cloud Integration

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Critic Reviews

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    21 Favorable reviews
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    4 Mixed reviews
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  • Our company uses google apps for business, and the google docs/drive component of that service is a great value for collaborative projects. While not a replacement for the functionality of a full office suite (particularly excel) it works great for day to day projects and is quite a bit cheaper, or even free if you use google's consumer version.

    Pros : Inexpensive/free Great for collaboration

    Cons : Missing functionality compared to full office suite

  • Google Docs delivers improved and streamlined user access, but it still offers far fewer features than competing services.

  • Google Docs is a great product for anyone who doesn't have money to spend on software but has an internet connection. It helps meet the basic needs to create and share documents and spreadsheets.

    For those with a little money, investing in a more robust office suite (i.e. Microsoft's) is a good idea since they will be provided more functionality. Plus, those products just work better.

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User Reviews

  • 26 In total

  • User review from

    Ryan Killoran

    I use Google apps all day and google docs is a part of that suite. I use it for everything - from collaboration, to approvals, to idea dumps. Our organization depends heavily on Google Apps. Google Docs is where we share all of our meeting notes, marketing ideas, conference logistics, etcetera. I jokingly say that our organization would come crashingandnbsp;down if we lost access to Google docs.

    Pros :

    • I have too many features to share my love on, I'll try to keep it short.
    • I have really liked the ability to create, organize, and share documents and folders with my team. We use the system for marketing collateral, proposals, and process changes all day long.
    • The ability to comment on content inside of the doc is awesome. Super helpful for giving feedback and asking for clarification.
    • Tracking changes work in Google docs, just not quite as well as Microsoft Word.
    • I find the app very simple to use - that's key for me with every app I use.andnbsp;
    • Free! - How many systems that are truly useful also come free?
    • Web-based, meaning available anytime anywhere.
    • Offline mode is awesome, I use this on my phone all the time. I regularly make notes in Google Docs and then synchronize with Google Drive as soon as I get to connect to the internet.
    • Voice typing; I use voice typing quite regularly to dictate my words instead of needing to type them.
    • Research feature: It is super simple to insert a footnote citing research related to whatever topic is being written about. This is great for academic essays.andnbsp;

    Cons :

    • I would like to see Docs catch up to Microsoft Word with robust features and functions. It is notoriously difficult to use when it comes to legal review of contracts.
    • Hard to access a lot of the functionality without the internetandnbsp;connection.

    • November 24, 2016
  • User review from

    Enmanuel Durán Salas

    Google Docs is an amazing platform made to collaborate with people and create documents, it's been a really good option for me when I need somebody to collaborate in some of my works or just when I need to create some simple stuff. I've used this in my job to collaborate with teams, and it's been great so far watching everybody using it in real time and getting fun with it. It's basically like a desktop app for documents such as Microsoft Word but web based, of course, Google Docs can make the exactly same things, and you don't have to install anything.

    Pros :

    These are few of the most powerful features of Google Docs that I like:

    • Real-time sharing: With Google Docs you can collaborate with others in real-time and by real time I mean that you can actually see while they are writing something in a document, you can have live interaction, delete things that the other person made, add images... and the best part is that all happens asynchronously, yes I know, pretty cool, it could be your perfect ally for those tasks that needs teamwork to be achieved. Google Docs assign a color to each one of the users that are currently collaborating on the document it means that you'll be able to see the cursors of every single person in their respective colors to identify them.
    • Tools: I'm a web developer and as a web developer I make a lot of schemes and designs... I've used google docs to create the base schemes for some projects, and it's been really easy to use, everybody helps each other to create schemes/documents in order to be more efficient and here the real time collaboration feature comes huge for us.

    Cons :

    • Google Docs is great, and I think it can still be greater, the user interface is simple (which is great), but it's also monotonous, maybe they can make a little change in the design of elements in order to change the feeling of the platform, because some people get a little bored and feel like writing a blog on blogger when using it and honestly they're right.

    • June 23, 2016
  • anonymous


    My company is a large enterprise sized global 100k person company, and we use Google Docs a lot. We use Google docs to get documents from candidates in the recruiting industry. This can be passports, visa documents, I9's, etc.

    With everything nowadays being so confusing especially for the beginner technology user. There are so many different formats, old versions, new updated versions that some software can't handle, etc. and with Google Docs I have not experienced a format that it can not handle. I like the ability that tracks the progress of a document that has been altered. Such as if you are in the process of writing something very long, Google Docs gives you access to go back and see how and when the file was edited. This can be very useful especially if you delete something or maybe a pet hit the keyboard, and you don’t know what got deleted or added.

    Pros :

    • Very easy to way to get documents that are not that transferable on other systems.
    • You can pretty much upload any time of file and usually any size.
    • Quick and easy UI.
    • Easy features to navigate.
    • As everyone is global nowadays and with travel expenses being so high, this product really does solve the problem meaning that if everyone can't be together, this gives you the option for everyone to view and edit the projects or documents where ever someone may be in the world.
    • On my team, we use this to share resumes and different things we like about a certain candidate.
    • Then I can share it to a fellow recruiter, and they also can write down notes about it to send it back.

    Cons :

    • Not much of a con...There are many competitors out there but this one takes the cake.
    • You just don't have all the great features of the full MS office Suite.

    • June 22, 2016
  • User review from

    James McQuillin

    I used Google Docs all throughout my academic studies and I use it in both my jobs now. I still create final documents in Word as it is still the standard. However, Google Docs can be exported as .docx which is MS Word format so you can still have the same output. andnbsp;The best part to me about Google Docs is the collaboration feature. For example, let's say I have a report that needs to be created but it is composed of four major parts that each differ drastically from one another and require input from different experts.

    Traditionally, I would have each contributor write their own content in whatever way they did and send me their work. andnbsp;I would then have to compile each into one document and make sure it had universal formatting, font, size, etc (never mind grammar, punctuation, etc.). Now I have four documents but I need modifications made to each one. One person sends me a modified version because they changed their views on some parts, etc. Screw all the separate documents! andnbsp;

    With Google Docs, we can all work within the ONE, same exact file and also see each others' progress in real time. As a moderator, proofreader and editor, I can easily see the progress at my convenience and not have to rely on whether they sent me their work on time and if it was the most current rendition. I can make changes and edits myself or I can leave comments and suggestions within the Doc and let them handle the corrections. andnbsp;Google Docs is amazing for real-time collaboration.

    Pros :

    • Organization, collaboration, permissions, and export options make Google Docs an incredible tool.
    • I really recommend using Docs for a few projects that you would normally use elsewhere and give it a shot.
    • If you aren't someone who will walk away super fast because it's "different" then I think you will enjoy it.

    Cons :

    • Word is indeed more advanced for things like including charts and graphics, but I think the biggest con for anyone new to Google Docs would be getting over the mental hump that it's not Microsoft.
    • Open up and always remember you can export as Word or PDF and boom, problem solved!andnbsp;

    • May 11, 2016
  • User review from

    Alejandra López

    I had my fist experience with Google docs when I made the draft of my thesis. I made this project with 4 other people, and everyone gave ideas, so we needed a place to save all of those ideas and be able to correct / unify them Google Docs allowed us to do so.

    I am forever grateful for this free tool.

    Pros :

    • It's a free easy to use version of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.
    • The benefits of having all your files in the cloud and accessible everywhere without the need to carry a drive or something like that are huge. You can edit your documents on any device in hand, anywhere you are (with internet access). You can even open your documents or create a new one without the need of an internet connection.4Documents are stored online and could easily be shared with other people. Which is very useful when taking classes online as a source for group work, also for note sharing and idea generation.
    • The documents can be edited by groups at the same time (LIVE). You can also see the changes the group has made, those changes are outlined, so you can see who exactly made the change.
    • You don't even have to click ¨save¨ in order to keep your changes, it automatically saves itself as you are writing / editing the document.
    • Goole Docs keeps making updates on its features, making serious improvements and becoming a more complete software package office suite.

    Cons :

    • There isn't much to complain about, maybe the only thing so far is that it is still not as good or powerful as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, though it is still compatible with all of those programs.

    • I've had some issues with converting file types and if you have a slow connection as you are loading a document the waiting can be really annoying.

    • April 21, 2016
  • User review from

    Javier J. Hernandez Garcia

    All opinions are personal and they don't reflect the opinions of my employer either past, present or future. Google is Google for all the good things and all the bad things too. They have a more less monopoly with tools like this, and if you have a smartphone (not iOS) you will see Google Apps like this one already on your phone, and you're pretty much forced to use it. However, that doesn't mean that this is a bad app. Google Docs let's users edit documents in real time at the same time, something powerful, cool and very useful.

    Pros :

    Google Docs are so useful if you are working in any project that includes someone other than yourself. Do you have any school, university, college team project? You need Google Docs. Do you work in an office where you have more than one employee working on the same document? You need Google Docs.

    Basically is really hard to find someone that doesn't use or need Google Docs. I use it every Monday for a group meeting with people who are based all around the world. This meeting includes a presentation where different users need to add their respective part. I also use it to edit other word or excel documents that we need to share in real time. How many sales we have so far today, writing stile of a football blog that everyone needs to read. Spreadsheet of things to do. Whatever it is you need two or more users editing you need Google Docs.

    Cons :

    • Their spreadsheet tool is not as great as Excel and is not as user friendly. All changes are saved automatically even those bad ones that you didn't want people to know about.
    • Other users can literally sit on their couch using their tablet and see how you edit a document in real-time (see how you make many typos or write a sentence 100 times) this could be a bit awkward and intimidating if you like your privacy.
    • As someone can edit a whole document without you knowing about, it could get a bit confusing and surprising when you re-open your document and see a lot of different things in it.

    • April 13, 2016
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    Google Docs is a great practice on, It's the tool that I use the most on my phone. And it is compatible with Microsoft Office carefree, what can I say "happiness" !! Very convenient! Before I wrote my articles on a notepad and I save them on my flash drive, but sometimes I lose it somewhere.

    Now I do everything directly on Google Drive, and I recover my written articles anywhere, but for me, it is a big time saver. It's certainly the reason that makes it one of the best tools on the market. Google offers many services to its users. Its strength: offering free without neglecting quality. Google Docs is (almost) perfect.

    Pros :

    • Accessible from anywhere: I like having my documents from any place and where ever I go. This allows me to continue working with a simple Internet connection. Google Docs is available online with a simple account.
    • Automatic saving of your documents: How many times have you lost important documents because of a simple backup or crash? Crash, oversight or an unexpected and it is several hours that fly! Personally, this has never happened to me. Google automatically save my documents as and as I write.
    • The sharing of documents: Google Docs has a handy feature: Sharing. With one click, you send your documents to the people you want. Personally, I use occasionally to send my documents to my little wife. It corrects a bit my spelling mistakes!
    • Accessible from smartphones: Google has an advantage over many competitors: it offers mobile access to all its tools. You can create and edit documents from a smartphone connected to the Internet. Personally, I preferred to buy gDocuments application. It better meets my expectations.
    • There's an online storage service. Everything is repatriated in the same space, which greatly facilitated the organization!

    Cons :

    • None.

    • April 7, 2016
  • User review from

    Luca Campanelli

    Lately, Google is amazing year after year, especially with the advent of the Cloud and the increasingly computerization available to everyone. It seems clear that Google is trying to create a totally online infrastructure that enables the user to work not only on your local computer, even in an online environment, accessible wherever you are, an environment that allows you to work on movement from your tablet or smartphone, an environment that allows you to share all your work in the Cloud and gives you ability to work in teams with colleagues and friends without any trouble wherever you are. Google Docs seems to be part of this project, the basic concept is very simple but let's see what he can do.

    Pros :

    • The strength of Google Docs is definitely the possibility to work simultaneously with colleagues on the same file. In addition to the classic send by e-mail, Google Docs offers this new level of collaboration in real time which allows you to speed up the drafting of a document, to have a real-time feedback from other colleagues (this mainly involves great savings in terms of e-mail exchange and loss of time).
    • The files on which we can interact are text documents (also with images and tables), spreadsheets (Excel style) and drawings (such as flow charts, illustrations of processes, organization charts, etc.).
    • The web-site graphical user interface is easy enough to use for those who are familiar with Gmail is very similar, the home page you will immediately have all your documents, and you will immediately highlight of collaborators that are present for each document.
    • What you can do from the Home are the most classic functions such as opening, deleting, sharing, sorting by date, folder creation, etc.
    • When you go to edit a document, you will have a really simple interface and well made, the layout is very similar to Microsoft Word, all the usual options are easily found such as fonts, insert images, insert tables, hypertext links layout, ruler, alignment, lists and more.
    • Every time you work in collaboration with your colleagues, the indicator will show you his name so that you know exactly who is editing the document and what is changing.
    • The same applies if you are working on a spreadsheet, even the interface, in this case, is very similar to Microsoft spreadsheets, and even here the available functions are the most useful as the formatting of cells, interactions between the columns, creating of formulas and much more.
    • The files once completed can be codivisi locally or exported to common formats such as Excel, PDF, CSV, etc.

    Cons :

    • The comparison with the Office products, unfortunately, it is natural and, for now, there is still no battle since the office products offer many species functionality for spreadsheets and an analyst might find limiting working with spreadsheets Google Docs, but I think that over time Google will optimize this product at its best.

    • March 3, 2016
  • User review from

    Anant Jain

    Google offers services in the sector of processing the data in the form of docs, sheets and slides. These are a word processing, Spreadsheet and power-point presentation program respectively. This service is offered with the google drive device offered by Google and enables one to create and save data over the cloud network and thus, use it at hand whenever necessary. This has helped users to create documents when they are once over the portal or the platform.The app or the software is available over all platforms known and thus makes it handy to use and create documents anywhere and everywhere. There are various smart editing tools available along the effects of styling into it. Predetermined samples available in the template section, allows the user to choose among a variety of resumes and reports. It has allowed multiple users to work over the same document in a workplace and make changes and save the changes over the cloud which the further person can continue where left from.

    Pros :

    • The collaboration of Google for multiple users to work over a project simultaneously has given me ease and efficiency with my work where I can generate more of output and even monitor the progress of each individual over the document working upon.
    • The feature provided by Google of using the service on various and different platforms like desktop, laptop, and mobile phones has made me correct and update my spreadsheets wherever and whenever I want.
    • The apps script is an exceptionally powerful tool in javascript.
    • It has provided an easier methodology to connect to various resources over the internet.

    Cons :

    • The relying and viewing of documents is strictly reliance over the availability of the internet connection. This has limited me to access documents when I am not online over the platform.
    • The initial 15 GB provided by the software is free but the other premium packages for bigger businesses and organizations, the pricing is only based over US Dollars.
    • There are limits for various uploads of documents. Images inside documents cannot exceed 2 MB in size.
    • The text documents are restricted to a word limit of 1,024,000 characters.
    • PowerPoint presentations are restricted to 100 MB. This has restricted me to create further big documents for my work.

    • January 11, 2016
  • User review from

    Raviraj Raikar

    The best part of Google Docs is it is a free service, as most of the products of Google. Though for some of its products there are some pricing, but way less expensive as compared to its competitors. The features that Google Docs provides is quite intuitive, with smart editing tools, some kind of styling tools, which enables one to easily format the data text, change font, size, color, etc., arrange the paragraphs and many such interesting features. The most important aspect about this service is it is hosted over the cloud, hence, can be accessed from any place with internet. Now no document can go missing if you have hosted your files in Google Docs and you can quickly edit the document and send across to your customers.

    Pros :

    • The nmber of fonts available at one's disposal is in hundreds, one can add links and images to the Google Doc. There are some pre-defined templates available similar to Microsoft Word, which one can utilize to create their document. Google Docs is compatible with any devices be it your phone, tablet, iPad or desktop.
    • Another interesting feature with Google Docs is anyone, and everyone who has the access to the document can access and modify the data at the same time. This is widely used the product when one needs to collect mass information from the public in general.
    • One can just pass on the link to the user, and if he/she is authorized, they can access and / or modify the data.
    • It also stores the revision history of the document where one can see the version, sorted by date and name of the person who has made the changes.
    • Microsoft Word files can be converted to Google Docs and similarly Google Docs file can be converted to Microsoft Word files.

    Cons :

    • It doesn't have all the rich features that Microsoft as a product provides.

    • December 17, 2015
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