How To Open A PDF In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to open a PDF in Google Docs.

How To Open A PDF In Google Docs

Google Docs is a powerful program you can use to create, edit, and share text documents. But did you know that you can also use Google Docs to edit PDF files?

PDFs are used quite often today, however they are known for being difficult to edit since it was designed to be a read-only document. This is useful when working with contracts, invoices, or other similar documents, however it can be a hassle when your PDF requires some editing.

When you upload a PDF on Google Drive, we have the option to open the file as a PDF. Choosing this option will create a new Google Docs document with the contents of the selected PDF. While the conversion may not work perfectly for some PDF documents, this method is great if you simply need to work with the actual text content of a PDF.

In this guide, we will go over how to open a PDF in Google Docs and start editing the document yourself.

How to Edit a PDF in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to edit a pdf in google docs.

Step 1

First, head to the Google Drive page and click on the New button.

Select the File upload option to start uploading the PDF you want to open. In the File selection dialog box, select the target PDF and click Open.

Step 2

Wait until the PDF has been fully uploaded in your Google Drive account. Right- click on the PDF and select Open with > Google Docs.

Step 3

You should now have a new Google Docs document with the contents of your PDF.

Step 4

One limitation of this method is that certain text formatting options may appear different from the original PDF.

Step 5

We can also open a PDF in Google Docs by opening the PDF itself in Google Drive.

Click on the Open with dropdown menu and click Google Docs.

Summary

This guide should be everything you need to learn how to open a PDF in Google Docs.

You may make a document with this sample PDF file to test it out on your own.