Switching to Docs from Microsoft Word
In the past, you might have used the consumer version of Microsoft® Word® outside of work. Now that you have Google Docs, here are some tips to begin using it as your new word processor.
Note: Comparisons are based on Microsoft® Office® versions 2010, 2013, and 2016.
Comparison at a glance
|In Word...||In Docs...|
|Share your document using Microsoft® SharePoint® or OneDrive®||
Share your document from Docs
For more details, see Get started with Docs.
Share your document with Word users
For more details, see Work with Microsoft Office files.
|Collaborate in real-time in Word Online||
Collaborate in real-time in Docs
When you share a document, depending on their access, collaborators can edit documents, add comments, and assign tasks.
|Access version history in SharePoint or OneDrive||
Access version history in Docs
For more details, read See changes to your Drive files and folders.
|Track changes in a document||
Make suggestions and comments
Make suggestions in a document
Add and assign comments in a document
|Open a Word document|
|Access a document offline in OneDrive||
Access a document offline in Drive
To learn how to access files offline from your desktop or mobile, see Access stored Drive files without the internet.
|Save a document automatically in SharePoint or OneDrive or turn on AutoRecover||
Save a document automatically in Drive
Your document saves automatically in Drive as you work, so you don’t need to click Save.
|Insert pictures in your document|
|Add an Excel chart to your document|