How To Open A Word Document In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

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

How To Open A Word Document In Google Docs

If you need to open a Word document in Google Docs, you can do so easily. Google Docs has a built-in feature that allows you to open and edit Word documents directly in the browser.

This can be helpful if you need to collaborate on a Word document with someone who does not have access to Microsoft Word. You can also use this feature to open your own Word documents in Google Docs, and take advantage of the powerful editing features available in the platform.

In this guide, we will show you how to open a Word document in Google Docs. We’ll also explain how to convert a Word document into a native Google Docs project in a few clicks.

How To Import A Word Document In Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to import a word document in google docs.

Step 1

First, select File > Open to open a new document. You may also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O (Cmd+O for Mac users).

Step 2

In the dialog box, head to the Upload tab and click on Browse. You may also choose to use your cursor to drag the file from outside the browser.

Step 3

Select the Word document you want to open and click Open.

Step 4

Google Docs will automatically convert the Word document into a Google Docs document.

Because of differences in how the two applications format text, you may encounter some issues with the conversion.

Step 5

Alternatively, you can open a Word document without conversion. To do this, we’ll need to upload our Word document to Google Drive.

In Googl Drive, click on the New button and select File upload.

Step 6

After uploading the Word document, right-click on the item and select Open with > Google Docs.

Step 7

The Word document should have a tag that indicates that the document is still saved as a .docx file.

Step 8

If you decide to convert the document into a Google Docs project, you can do so by clicking File > Save as Google Docs.


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

You may make a copy of our sample Word document to test it out on your own.