Convert a file to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides

Converting a file to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides allows you to edit, collaborate on, and share the file online. When you convert a file, the original file will remain intact and accessible from Google Drive. A copy of the file in a Google format appears in My Drive in Google Drive on the web.

Please note that you can edit Microsoft® Office files by making sure that you have enabled editing for Office files in a Chrome browser, on a Chromebook, or in the Docs, Sheets, and Slides mobile apps. To share the file online and collaborate with others, save the file to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Convert a file to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides

After syncing or manually uploading a file to Google Drive on the web, here's how to convert it to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Desktop
  1. Sign in to Drive at drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click the file you want to convert.
  3. Select Open with..., and then choose an app. Depending on what type of file you're trying to open, Docs, Sheets, or Slides will be listed there.
Android
  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Press and hold the file you want to convert.
  3. Touch Open with.
  4. Choose Google Docs (or Sheets or Slides).
  5. Touch the Menu button .
  6. Touch the question mark next to "Office Compatibility Mode".
  7. Touch Save as Google Docs (or Sheets or Slides).
iPhone and iPad
  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the grey i Activity Information next to the file you want to convert.
  3. Touch Open in.
  4. Choose Google Docs (or Sheets or Slides).
  5. Touch the Menu button .
  6. Touch the question mark next to "Office Compatibility Mode".
  7. Touch Save as Google Docs (or Sheets or Slides).

Compatible file types

These are the file types that can be converted to a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation:

  • For documents: .doc (if newer than Microsoft® Office 95), .docx, .docm .dot, .dotx, .dotm, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf, .odt
  • For spreadsheets: .xls (if newer than Microsoft® Office 95), .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlt, .xltx, .xltm .ods, .csv, .tsv, .txt, .tab
  • For presentations: .ppt (if newer than Microsoft® Office 95), .pptx, .pptm, .pps, .ppsx, .ppsm, .pot, .potx, .potm, .odp
  • For drawings: .wmf
  • For OCR: .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf

Macros are not supported at this time and will be dropped during conversion.

Conversion error messages

If you’ve received an error message when trying to convert one of your files, wait a few minutes and try again. If you continue to see an error, the list below will help you troubleshoot the most common errors:

Error message Explanation
We're sorry, a server error occurred. Please wait a bit and try again. This is a temporary error, try converting the file again in a few minutes.
Document too large. The file is too large for the conversion process; consider dividing up the original file. You can also learn more about size limits.
Sorry, that file is corrupt, or an unknown format. The file can't be converted. Check if it's a supported format. If the file is a supported format, try uploading it again.
Unable to convert document. Try converting the file again in a few minutes. If it still doesn’t convert you may need to upload the file again.

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