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
Note: If a file reaches the maximum number of comments, you can make a copy of the file without copying over any comments.
|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 images to your document
You can drag and drop images from your computer into your document. Or, click InsertImage and choose an image from Google Drive, Google Photos, the web, and more. With Docs, you can crop and recolor your images, or get suggestions for images using the Explore tool. Learn more about adding and editing images.
You can also add an image watermark to your document. For more details, see Add an image watermark.
|Add an Excel chart to your document|
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