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I want to edit a web document that I see open in my browser. What can I do? I have discovered that I can use the viewer, like this: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf

In the viewer, there is an option to move the document to the Google Drive and, finally, convert to a Google Document. But, it shows garbage when I reference any HTML page instead of pdf.

Why I can only upload a file from my hard disk but not feed URL references to Google Docs?

Yes, I can copy-paste the contents of the web page into the new Google Document. But, google could do it itself. I ask because copy-pasting takes forever (when it comes to document-embedded images). I believe that URL-based import could accomplish it more efficiently.

I have created a similar question for SkyDrive.

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Can you put a link to the HTML- it might help clarify the question (even if it is garbage)? Is the document something you uploaded or are just viewing online? What do you mean by give it references? –  batpigandme May 25 '13 at 13:12
    
Ok, I understand your confusion. It is so difficult to find any online HTML page in our wold. But, I have managed somehow. See example in the edit. –  Val May 25 '13 at 14:02
    
Ok- so when I went to the HTML link it showed the HTML code for this page (like I would if I viewed source etc.)- are you trying to view rendered HTML in google docs? (I don't think that's what you're trying to do, because that would really be a copy paste situation). –  batpigandme May 25 '13 at 14:43
    
@batpigandme Are you a programmer? Why do you think that copy-paste is bad? Actually, I try to avoid the stupid copy paste because I know that Google server can do that more efficiently from both technical and user perspective. –  Val May 25 '13 at 17:17
    
I was just trying to figure out what your end goal was, not a programmer like you (more of a scripting language kind of gal), I just wasn't sure if you were trying to view code or a page as it appears in a browser in G-docs. Might be your whole problem is over my head- sorry I can't be of more help. –  batpigandme May 25 '13 at 18:07
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Google Doc allows users to create and edit documents online. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. Documents can be saved to a user's local computer in a variety of formats (ODF, HTML, PDF, RTF, Text, Office Open XML). But! when you open PDF File by Google Doc just can view that, you can not edit or change content.

Upload Documents as this formats, this formats editable:

  • Microsoft Word (*.docOC and *.docx)
  • Microsoft Excel (*.xls and *.xlsx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (*.ppt and *.pptx)
  • Text Document (*.txt)
  • Rich Text Format (*.rtf)
  • OpenDocument Text (*.odt)

Google Docs supports 15 file formats for viewing:

  • Microsoft Word (.DOC and .DOCX)
  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX)
  • Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF)
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • Fonts (.TTF, .OTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
  • Archive file types (.ZIP and .RAR)
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Now, explain how this answers my question. –  Val May 25 '13 at 11:32
    
You want edit document, ok? But PDF format not editable by Google Doc, You can just viewing PDF files. –  Shahab Hanafi Niri May 25 '13 at 11:50
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Why do I want to edit PDF but not HTML? Is PDF the only Web document possible? Why do you read PDF even after I complained that cannot import HTML? –  Val May 25 '13 at 11:59
    
@Val if you're trying to import HTML to google drive/docs and convert it to HTML that is definitely possible send to Google Drive and convert to HTML –  batpigandme May 25 '13 at 14:47
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When you have an HTML file in Google Drive and ask to open it with Google Docs, there's no 'convert' option AFAICT and you get a 'view source' sort of view instead of seeing it rendered.

If you have the HTML file saved locally and you upload from the Google Docs page itself, there is a 'convert' option in the upload dialog, and that will produce a rendered version of the page. In my limited experience with that conversion step (importing some HTML produced by the ASCIIDoc formatter), the rendered HTML didn't look very good -- it came out with an awful-looking font and lost some formatting from the original HTML.

The top-rated Google search results for importing HTML into Google Docs all seem to assume you're importing HTML data into a spreadsheet.

So while it seems to be possible to get some kind of rendered HTML by going through one specific path, this doesn't appear to be a high priority for Google Docs.

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You can only save wallpapers, snaps, and other links to Google Drive using the "Save to Gdrive" extension for the Chrome browser.

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