Uploading Files to Google Drive

When in Google Drive upload files with ease and store them in the cloud so you can access them anywhere and at any time.

Converting files to Google Docs format

When you upload certain types of files—such as Microsoft Office files or PDF documents—you'll only be able to view those files. If you want to edit these types of files in Google Drive, you'll need to convert them to Google Docs format.

To convert a file:

  1. Locate and double-click the file you want to edit.
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  2. A preview of the file will appear. Select Open at the top of the screen.
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  3. The file will be converted to a Google document and appear in a new tab.
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  4. If you go back to your Google Drive, you'll see that there are now two copies of the file: the original file and the new version in Google Docs format.
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You can set Google Drive to convert your files automatically when you upload them. Click the gear icon, select Settings, then check the box next to Convert uploads.

Checking the setting to automatically convert uploads.