When you create new Text documents in Google Docs, you get the nice new Document Editor with chat and real time collaboration.

How do you update older docs (from before the new editor was released) to take advantage of the new features?

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There doesn’t seem to be an upgrade tool available within Google Docs yet. The only way I can think of doing it is to create a new empty document and copy and paste from the old document to the new document.

  • Doesn't pick up the comments Oct 17, 2014 at 11:55

You can download the old one and then upload to a new document..

From inside the old document

File -> Download As -> Word


Upload -> (select file) and check the

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