About Google Docs

Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time.


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4,8/5
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Ho'omana Nathan
Ho'omana Nathan
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 5 001–10 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Not perfect as a word processor, but the gold standard for collaboration

Reviewed on 2021/09/09

Google Docs is the gold standard for document collaboration and sharing. You can send a link so...

Google Docs is the gold standard for document collaboration and sharing. You can send a link so that everyone always sees the latest file (instead of emails bouncing back and forth), you can give and get and accept feedback. Word is the better processor, but OneDrive is unreliable at best for filesharing and the collaborative features in OneDrive are just awful. For anything that will be seen by anyone but me, Google Docs is all I use.

Pros

Google Docs makes it SO easy to collaborate with others on documents, give, request, and incorporate comments, and share files that can be updated in realtime. For collaboration and sharing, Google Docs is the only platform I use.

Cons

As a word processor, it doesn't have all the great features that Word has. It's not ideal for creating a new document if you need a lot of formatting options (ESPECIALLY tables, which are a nightmare in Docs). Luckily, you can always just upload a document you've created in Word to Docs and it does a pretty good job keeping formatting.

Amit
Amit
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  • Industry: Leisure, Travel & Tourism
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Google Docs - Review

Reviewed on 2023/11/27

It is my go-to platform to create, manage and share documents. Have been using it from the past 3+...

It is my go-to platform to create, manage and share documents. Have been using it from the past 3+ years - highly recommend it over the Microsoft Word.

Pros

It is super duper user friendly, easy to integrate with other Google Apps/Productivity Tools, easy to share, store and manage.

Cons

Can be used online only. Need to add additional plugins for some basic features, like arrange bullet points in ascending order.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Word

Reasons for Choosing Google Docs

Microsoft Word was offline, expensive, and not easy to share.

Switched From

Microsoft Word

Reasons for Switching to Google Docs

Google Docs, as mentioned earlier, provided a similar look and feel but is free, easy to operate.
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  • Industry: Human Resources
  • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Certainly performing well...

Reviewed on 2019/06/17

While the program isn't perfect, Google Docs is by far the most easily accessible and widely used...

While the program isn't perfect, Google Docs is by far the most easily accessible and widely used word editing programs. It excels at what it needs to do, but lacks on what it could do.

Pros

To start, Docs get's everything you need done. Editing, typing, sharing—it's all easily done.

In a school or work environment, the commenting mode and ability to share documents easily makes working extremely efficient. In comparison, a traditional document editor would require you to manually send the file, have the other party edit it, then send it back. In docs, being able to instantly see any edits or comments another person makes is a huge time-saver.

Docs is also extremely compatible with other types of files, and even can transcribe PDF files. It's also capable of converting your current doc into other formats, which is helpful since you won't have to use a third-party website/application to do so.

While being a common feature in other editing programs, the auto save feature is handy, as it saves every time a change is made, even if it's just a single letter. On top of that, Docs also stores previous versions of your document, which I personally found very useful when back-referencing older revisions of essays and other papers.

Lastly, Docs runs constant grammar and spelling checks, which is great for when you are typing in a rush and misspell a word or type something out awkwardly. Not only that, but the detection is always improving, and is even able to detect proper nouns (like names) and recognize that they aren't spelled wrong because they are meant to be spelled that way.

Cons

Despite it's strengths, Google Docs holds a few annoying points.

A major disappointment lies in the lack of font support. While some of the major, non-standard fonts like IBM Plex Sans are available, a majority of the fonts that are available aren't well-known or widely used, which led me to using the same 4-5 fonts over and over again. There is no option to add third-party fonts either, which isn't ideal for those of us that have a selection of them on our computers.

Despite Doc's simple design, it's actually a huge resource hog for both internet bandwidth and RAM. While it may not be noticeable on a decent computer, it's especially noticeable on computers that aren't from the last 4 years or so. Loading Docs onto my laptop from a few years ago brought it to its knees, and forced me to use an alternative.

While Docs has plenty of shortcuts for its most commonly used tools, not every tool has a shortcut. On top of that, there are no options to bind our own shortcuts to a tool, which is a huge problem for those of us that have to write heavily formatted, non-traditional styled documents.

Lastly, table creation and editing in Docs is still yet to be ideal. Each line in a table is treated as a separate line, meaning that you have to either edit each line or all the lines at once, which makes it inconvenient to create visually appealing tables.

kwandile Mabutho
kwandile Mabutho
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  • Industry: Accounting
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Google Docs review

Reviewed on 2024/01/12

By far one of the greatest achievements in documentation

By far one of the greatest achievements in documentation

Pros

It assist in project management and documentation

Cons

It does not have an import export bar where you can import your personal documents

wilfredo
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

My Google docs review

Reviewed on 2024/02/12

Very good. I use this everyday for my work

Very good. I use this everyday for my work

Pros

The most easiest document tool that I have ever used

Cons

The least that I like about Google docs is limited features

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Google Docs offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$6,00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

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Google Docs has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

Google Docs supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

Google Docs supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile)

Google Docs integrates with the following applications:

Dropbox Business, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, HipChat, OneDrive, Slack, Trello, Zoho Writer

Google Docs offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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