Switching to G Suite from SharePoint

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Now that you have G Suite, here are a few tips to help you begin replacing Microsoft® SharePoint® as your collaboration base.

Get G Suite apps on your mobile devices.

Note: Some Microsoft features do not directly correspond in G Suite and are not covered in this guide.

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Comparison at a glance

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Note: Comparisons are based on Microsoft® Office® versions 2010, 2013, and 2016.

In SharePoint... In G Suite...*
Create a team site
Create a site in Google Sites

Choose an option:

  • From the Sites homepage, at the top, click Create Plus, or to choose a template, click Template gallery and select a template.
  • From Google Drive, click Plus New and thenMoreand thenGoogle Sites.

For more details, see Get started with Sites.

Add content to a site library
Add content to a team site
  1. In Sites, open a team site.
  2. On the right, click Pages and click the page that you want to add content to.
  3. On the page, double-click where you want to add the content.
  4. Choose the type of content that you want to add or how to add it.

For more details, see Get started with Sites.

Change the look of a team site
Customize the look of a team site in Sites

Edit text, organize content, add images, and more. For details, see Get started with Sites.

Create a document library
Create a shared drive in Google Drive
  1. Open Google Drive.
  2. On the left, click Shared drives.
  3. At top, click Plus New.
  4. Enter a name and click Create.

For more details, see Get started with shared drives.

Add files and folders to a document library
Add files and folders to a shared drive

Create folders in shared drives and add files. For details, see Get started with shared drives.

Share and collaborate on files in Microsoft® Word®, PowerPoint®, and Excel®
Share and collaborate on Drive files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides or in Office
  1. In Docs, Sheets, or Slides, open a file and at the top, click Share.

    Note: You can only share files that you own or have edit access to.

  2. Under People, enter the email address of the person or group you want to share with.
  3. Click Edit and choose the access level.
  4. Click Send.

For more details, see Get started with Drive. To collaborate on Office files, see Work with Microsoft Office files.

Open Office files in a browser
Open Office files with Drive

If you're sharing Office files with people who only have Office, you can work on them in Docs, Sheets, and Slides, but save them as Microsoft files in Drive.

Chrome Browser only

  1. Make sure the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, & Slides extension is not installed:
    1. Open Chrome Browser and in the top-right corner, click More and thenMore Toolsand thenExtensions.
    2. If you see the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, & Slides extension, click Remove.
  2. In Drive, double-click an Office file.

You can now edit, share, view version history, collaborate in real time with others, and more. All changes you make are saved to the original Office file. 

For more details, see Work with Microsoft Office files.

*These instructions are web only.
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