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Create or import a document

Create and name your document

  1. On your computer, open a Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms home screen.
  2. Click Create Plus.

You can also create a document from a template.

At the top of the page, click Untitled document and enter a new title.

Import and convert an existing document

Converting your file from another program creates a copy of your original file in a Docs, Sheets, or Slides format. You can then edit the file in your browser.

If you have existing files, you can import and convert them to Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

  1. Go to Drive.
  2. Click Newand thenFile Upload.
  3. Choose the file you want to import from your computer to add it to Drive.
  4. In the Upload complete window, click Show file location .
  5. Right-click the file and select Open withand thenGoogle Docs/Sheets/Slides.

Have a Microsoft file?

If you've already stored Microsoft files in Drive, you can also update them without converting them.

Import and convert docs.

Update a document

Add or edit text

Just click in the page and start typing.

Add and edit text.

Format your document

Depending on what you want to change, choose an option:

  • To customize margins, page color, and orientation, click Fileand thenPage setup.
  • To customize text, images, tables, and more, use the toolbar options.

Note: Some options only appear for certain types of content, such as tables or images.

   Undo or redo your last changes or print your document.
Check spelling and grammar.
Copy formatting from any text and apply it to another selection of text.
Normal text  | Arial  | 10  Change the style, font, or font size.
    Make text bold, in italics, or underlined or change the text color.
Add or change the text highlight color.
   Insert a link, comment, or image.
Change the text alignment.
Change the line spacing or add a checklist, bullets, or numbers.
Change the text indentation.
Remove text formatting.
Table and image options
Add background color to a table or change the border color, width, or style.
Crop an image.
Image options… Change the color, transparency, brightness, or contrast.
Replace image  Replace an existing image with a new one.

Add pictures, links, tables, and more

The Insert menu lets you add different features to your document. Here are the highlights:

Image—Insert an image from your computer, the web, Drive, and more.

Table—Select the number of columns and rows to create a table.

Drawing—Create shapes, pictures, and diagrams right in your document.

Link—Add a link to another page or to a header or bookmark in the same document.

Bookmark—Add shortcuts to specific places within your document.

Table of contents—Create an auto-generated table of contents that links to each heading in your document that has a heading style applied.

Insert items using the menu.

Print your document from Chrome browser

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click File and then Print.
  3. In the window that opens, choose your print settings.
  4. Click Print.

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