Google Docs Features

Google Docs

Online document creation and editing

4.7/5 (22,759 reviews)

Google Docs Feature Summary

  • Upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document
  • Add flair and formatting to your documents
  • Invite other people to collaborate on a document with you
  • Collaborate online in real time
  • View your document's revision history
  • Download as a Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML or zip file
  • Translate a document to a different language
  • Email your documents to other people as attachments

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Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Google Docs Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Google Docs's features:

Anonymous
(Marketing and Advertising company, 1-10 employees)

Google is all you need.

2020-02-12

My overall experience has been great for cross collaboration.

Pros

But since it’s a huge brand it has so many api for 3 party extensions :)

Cons

Interface could be more entertaining.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Poonam Jain

Google Docs

2019-02-21

Our experience is moderate since it is a great collaboration tool but we were looking more to manage our company files.

Pros

The best part is ease of online collaboration on documents between several team members.

Cons

The admin interface is confusing, it cannot be used as a document management system.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Nicole Tucker

Good for basic document management

2018-06-06

Pros

You can comment right on the document rather than emailing everyone.

Cons

We share documents to editing as well as storage.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 1001-5000 employees)

Solid web-based Document creation and editing

2018-09-27

Pros

Lightyears above the nightmare of constant UI issues with Office.

Cons

Serviceable means of file management but when you deal with a LOT of documents it can be challenging to find an older document.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 201-500 employees)

Has everything needed for daily office work

2019-04-21

Pros

Amazing tool for real time collaboration, with simultaneous editing and a comment and review system.

Cons

Unfortunately it lacks certain features needed for more complex/formal documents, like references management

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 201-500 employees)

Google Docs Allow Real Time Collaboration and Storage

2018-04-06

Google Docs APIs integrate with other third party tools like Fivatran.

Pros

Our package includes unlimited storage which is great for our large volume of documents.

Cons

We'd love to see better version control capabilities.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 51-200 employees)

We use google docs religiously. All of our process docs are housed in docs

2018-06-07

Easy remote access to all company docks, reports.

Pros

Sharing, collaborating is so easy!

Cons

Sometimes it's a bit hard to change the sharing settings. Take like 3 clicks to change it, which gets cumbersome when you are doing it all the time.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Ben Lambert

A good way to work on documents collaboratively

2018-06-22

Collaborative document editing and basic document management functionality.

Pros

The multi-user collaborative editing features of google docs make it a very powerful tool to use in teams, allowing us to work on documents and share information whilst being geographically dispersed.

Cons

The feature set of Google Docs is not as large as that of on-machine document systems such as word, many of the advanced features are missing.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Daric Heim

Excellent collaboration tool

2019-03-05

Collaboration. Document management.

Pros

Ease of setup. administration. powerful collaboration and file management. Access from any device from anywhere.

Cons

It is fantastic and I don't regret moving to this tool.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Guy Mason

Industry standard offering, but not that inspirational

2019-05-06

It is an easily accessible and relatively easy to use solution that provides alternatives to what notably Microsoft and Apple provide in this space.

Pros

Free solution accessible on pretty much most platforms Easy to share and collaborate Integration with Google Drive

Cons

File management (e.g. moving document locations) could be easier Some seemingly 'common' features can sometimes be harder to find Notes / Comments stored as annotations can sometimes seem 'messy'

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Saransh Dikshit

My experience with this app has been really wonderful.

2018-06-12

The best feature was collaboration with other people while writing a document together.

Pros

The GUI interface is effective and efficient and for a file shared with other people, it allows them to comment and collaborate.

Cons

Right now, the functionality of collaborating is only limited to gmail users.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Cay Carlson

I use Google Docs Daily

2019-11-26

We share documents here for easy access of instructions, guides, status reports, reminders, you name it.

Pros

It's easy to use. Drag and Drop, permission controls, and tracking are valuable when you want to efficiently get your work done.

Cons

It is device friendly but sometimes I take a while to find things and a more robust search might just be the solution.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Praveen Subramani

Best-in-class word processing & collaboration tools

2019-02-15

Google Docs is a critical and highly valuable software tool for word processing, collaboration, and documentation.

Pros

- Outstanding collaboration features including shared, simultaneous editing, revision history, and granular permissions - Great cloud-based interface, accessible on any device across all platforms, Web and mobile - Instant document saving, version control - Access controls for enterprise use cases

Cons

- Limited advanced page setup & document formatting options, especially for print use cases

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Andrew Turpen

Life without Google Docs is like jelly without a jar

2018-04-25

Document creation, storage, and management.

Pros

The editing and collaboration elements are just plain POWERFUL.

Cons

I honestly can't think of a single item that I don't like. Not only would that be looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth, but it would be doing so to a horse with flawless dental health.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Lee Bridges

As powerful as Word, but more collaborative

2020-04-16

Pros

Being able to share documents with team members (without sending a file) and have them add/edit content or provide comments on the document.

Cons

File management in the online tool could be better.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Wilbert Kramer

Collaborative working on larger documents

2019-10-04

It's our favorite tool to collaborate on documents, and links to Google Drive as storage service.

Pros

You can give comments, apply basic styling and make tables.

Cons

They offer the same in Office365, with better right management.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jianlin shi

Basic functions for documents editing is there. However, lack of advanced/professional features.

2018-07-24

Pros

Easy to access, not need to install anything.

Cons

Not support any reference management tools.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Real Estate company, 1001-5000 employees)

Google Docs Is An Effective Solution

2019-01-31

I use Google docs to share documents and manage document versioning.

Pros

I manage the majority of my files in this app providing cloud storage for easy back-up management and access from anywhere.

Cons

It took me a while to understand the navigation as I was used to traditional Windows desktop file management but I found the interface to be intuitive and quick and easy to understand.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Libraries company, 201-500 employees)

My go to tool for document creation and collaboration

2020-02-11

Great collaboration tool when working with others on a document.

Pros

Google Docs also allows easy access to organize and find documents at a later time.

Cons

When downloading to other formats, sometimes the spacing and formatting gets shifted around which can be annoying but nothing to drastic.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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David Song

Best Online Document Editor for Collaboration

2018-09-10

We are solving our internal documentation and file editing needs in our company.

Pros

Moreover, Google Docs allows for easy sharing options to share the document internally in our company with permission management.

Cons

The only downside I'd say Google Docs has is its revision management system.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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David García

A remarkable experience with Google Docs.

2020-08-17

Sharing documents is easy.Enables ease of documents storage and management.

Pros

I like the fact that I can create documents and edit them easily with this tool.Sharing documents with others enhances great collaboration.

Cons

There is nothing like a dislike and my experience with this software so far is very interesting and remarkable.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Phil Boucher

Simple is sufficient

2019-03-07

We utilize Docs for workflow management on small projects, as well as putting official documents together.

Pros

Docs is extremely easy to work with, and facilitates collaboration better than just about any software.

Cons

Docs doesn't quite have the functionality of other, premium word processors.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jacin Humphrey

Google docs is a life saver

2018-09-12

Google docs has been great and has allowed my cross country team to collaborate and be productive despite the distance.

Pros

Web based access, app access, cross team collaboration, no cost

Cons

Occasional formatting issues when copying from another software (ex:Word) into Google docs, file management (would love to see folders)

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Not bad for solo work or small group collaboration

2018-03-28

-Easy, fast document creation -Rudimentary track changes functionality -Easy collaboration with a small group

Pros

Access features are great for collaborating with internal and third-party stakeholders - for example, I use this tool to work with agencies, business unit stakeholders, and other internal writers and editors to create and update digital content or collateral.

Cons

Track changes functionality could be better - it's difficult to toggle show/hide changes or compare revisions, which is key for collaborative content creation.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Health, Wellness and Fitness company, 11-50 employees)

Great for collaborative work

2018-09-03

Our team uses it for our day to day activities as well as operations management.

Pros

Great for collaborative work Sync is easy and seamless Works well with low processing power devices too Freemium feature is a great support

Cons

Hangs if a large number of entries are present in the database Not as responsive as MS Excel (offline version) Good for basic functions, difficult to use complex spreadsheet functionalities

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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