Take the 2-minute tour ×
Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I currently have several Microsoft Word documents that are sitting on my Google Drive and was uploaded over the past few months. I understand that it is possible to convert Microsoft Word documents to Google Docs format during file upload time, but is it possible to convert documents after uploading them to Google Drive without having to download and reupload the same document again?

share|improve this question
Unfortunately, the conversion is not perfect. If you use special software like Mathtype which makes special characters like radical signs and such. The conversion process does not work. Plan text works OK. So technical papers with special characters used in Word Documents does convert. –  John Lundquist Nov 3 '13 at 4:12
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 5 down vote accepted

To convert a document, right click on it inside Google Drive. Choose Open withGoogle Docs. A new window will be opened with the document in Google Docs format and it is saved inside the same folder in your Google Drive.

share|improve this answer
Wow, not intuitive. –  Raffi Khatchadourian Jun 13 '13 at 3:59
add comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.