Convert a file to a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation

Convert a file from another format to Google Docs format. Then, you'll be able to edit and collaborate on it online.

Converting a file to a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation allows you to edit, collaborate on, and share it online. When you convert a file, the original file will remain intact and accessible from Google Drive on the web and (if you have the application installed) Google Drive for your Mac or PC. A copy of the file in a Google format appears in My Drive in Google Drive on the web.

How to convert a file to a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation

After syncing or manually uploading a file to Google Drive on the web, here's how to convert it to a Google-friendly format.

  1. Right-click the item in your Google Drive.
  2. 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.
    If you have any third-party apps installed in your Drive that are compatible with the type of file you're opening, those apps will appear under "Open with..." too.

Compatible file types

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

  • For documents: .doc, .docx, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf
  • For spreadsheets: .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .tsv, .txt, .tab
  • For presentations: .ppt, .pps, .pptx
  • For drawings: .wmf
  • For OCR: .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf

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.