How To Upload A Document To Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to upload a document to Google Docs.

How To Upload A Document To Google Docs

Google Docs is a great tool for creating and storing documents. However, you may already have an existing text document that you want to upload as a new project in Google Docs. The text document may be stored as a simple text file (.txt) or even as a Microsoft Word file (.docx).

Uploading your text document to Google Docs will enable you to share it easily with other users to view or even edit together.

In this guide, we will show you how to upload a document to Google Docs. We will cover how to upload documents from a local folder to Google Docs.

How to Upload Files in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to upload files in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, open a blank Google Docs document and click on the File menu.

Step 2

Under the File dropdown menu, click on Open. Alternatively, click on the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O (Windows) or Cmd+O (Mac).

Step 3

The Open dialog box allows users to open existing files that have been uploaded to the user’s Google Drive or have been shared by the user. However, in this case, we will use the dialog box to upload a document.

Head to the Upload tab and click on the Browse button below.

Step 4

Navigate your File Picker to find the directory or folder where your desired document is stored. Make sure that the file is selected then click on Open to proceed with uploading the file using Google Docs.

A new tab should now appear with the contents of the uploaded document. Do note that this feature works for a variety of file types including .docx, .txt, and .odt.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to upload a document to Google Docs.

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