Convert Files to Google Docs Format with the New File Conversion Feature

Recently, Google has announced a new file conversion feature in Google Docs. The new feature lets you convert the files that you have already uploaded and saved in your Google Docs account. Therefore from now, you have two options to convert your files.

1. At the Time of Uploading: You are well acquainted with this feature. At the time of uploading a file from your hard disc, “Convert documents, presentations, and spreadsheets to the corresponding Google Docs formats” option is selected by default. You can deselect the option if you don’t want to do so. The converted file gets saved with the same name of the original file. You can also convert the text from a pdf file or from an image to Google Docs document using Google’s Optical Character Recognition technology.

Convert Files to Google Docs Format at the Time of Uploading
2. After Uploading: To convert the file that is already uploaded, just right-click the item. Choose the option “Make a Google Docs copy” from the context menu. The original file remains intact and the new Google Docs copy gets saved in the list of documents.

Convert Already Uploaded Files to Google Docs Format

Google Docs supports the following file types for conversion.

  • For spreadsheets: .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .tsv, .tsb
  • For documents: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rtf
  • For presentations: .ppt, .pps
  • For OCR: .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf

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