I currently have several Microsoft Word documents that are sitting on my Google Drive and were 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 re-upload the same document again?

  • 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.
    – user51504
    Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 4:12

2 Answers 2


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.

  • 1
    Wow, not intuitive.
    – khatchad
    Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 3:59
  • In addition to not intuitive, it does not always keep the formatting you would expect. But can be a time saver!. This also works with other Google file formats such as Excel to Sheets.
    – Kingsolmn
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 22:59
  • When you open a doc this way, the fonts menu is very limited. Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 4:50

You can use Google Drive add-ons such as:

  • DriveConverter (Website)

    Convert Word and Excel files to PDF and more.

    Convert files from your browser without downloading any conversion software.

  • Save Cloud files to Google Drive

    This app allows you to save Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, Flickr files to Google Drive directly.

    Supports convert docx, pptx, xlsx, pdf, odt, jpg... formats to Google Document Formats.

  • and other.

For Google format to PDF, check: How do I convert a Google doc to PDF without downloading it?

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