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Google Docs

Online document creation and editing

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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

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 1-10 employees)

Collaboration at one click

2019-12-02

Unfortunately recent changes are more mobile device orientated that make issues with regular desktop users that use mouse and keyboard to scroll and click where previously you could easily use keyboard shortcuts like TAB or ENTER to submit form

Pros

- All in one place - Easy to share documents with team - Reports - Ability to comment document without compromising document text

Cons

Main problem risen that there is no shortcut to submit filled form. - Now UI is more Mobile device oriented that takes too much space to fill the form

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Time used: 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.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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David S.

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.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Meagan M.

Simple, shareable, works.

2018-07-31

easy collaboration with others and easy/fast doc creation

Pros

oh and when you DO collaborate with others, there's a full revision history that documents who made what changes, plus they make it easy to revert to a previous verison (all versions saved on the cloud). user permissions is also pretty great although there's something of a learning curve on sharing differing permissions by user

Cons

I guess I don't have too many unfulfilled needs from Docs. perhaps if i worked more in content management or copywriting, i would desire a few more features. if anything, i become frustrated at time with formatting - line breaks are bothersome and wrapping text around images sort of never works out they way you anticipate.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Krystal K.

Google Docs is a reliable document system

2019-01-06

Google Docs easily imports and exports documents, so you don't need to worry if some of your documents are Word or Apple Pages.

Pros

When I log in to Google Drive, I can easily search for documents or see my most recent documents.

Cons

Sometimes the sharing options are a little complex.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Ramesh M.

Google Docs Experience

2018-11-07

Overall Google Docs is good cloud based tool , having multiple platform adaptability and collaboration feature.

Pros

Easy to access anywhere , Adaptability with other third party applications / mobile apps and Cloud Drives makes more useful Since Gmail is most widely used , it's quicker to open anything via Google docs Document Sharing with other Users and real time editing is very good Google's basic products are free and secure and trustworthy

Cons

Formatting pictures within a doc is difficult Some editing feature is not available compare to word Some files were not able to open though G Docs Need enhanced Grammar tool like word Need frequent feature updates like other competitors are providing it should have offline version too

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 1-10 employees)

Great collaboration tool

2019-12-11

Also allowing our advisors to review work by giving them "commenting" access or "suggestion" access that really helps us a lot.

Pros

Google Docs allows my company to give access to third-party individuals to review our work and place their suggestions without giving them access to actually edit documents.

Cons

Something like a Wiki within Google Docs that can help a team find documents shared by an organization without each employee having to create their own folders.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Andrew T.

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.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jacob G.

Review of Google Docs

2019-01-22

It's a powerful tool for collaboration, but functionality could use work to get it up to par with the experience you'd have working directly in these programs in Microsoft office.

Pros

This makes team work and collaboration between companies very easy.

Cons

Google docs powerpoint often has formatting issues when exporting and re-importing between the drive and PC.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Norbu M.

One of the best product from Google

2021-03-04

Superb. Still need to improve to hit competing MS Word in some areas.

Pros

Document storage on the cloud.

Cons

Specifically the limited features for drawing management.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 1001-5000 employees)

A (FREE) complete of Microsoft Words experience, but with better collaboration and plugins.

2018-07-27

collaboration document, documentations for many things

Pros

have anything you can expect in Microsoft Words can collaborate REAL-TIME with your co-worker have change log and can be reverted if something bad happened have some useful plugins (variable, so that you don't have to type the same thing over and over) capability to links anywhere in the docs, or outside  amazing access control (can be by domain, share link for view/comment/edit, share by email)

Cons

probably the fact that we must online to update our document. they have offline feature though, but the interface is not so straight forward and i have not able to try that feature

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Andres M.

Google tool that allows you to share your files at no additional cost.

2018-05-04

google drive has become my company in a tool for the use of all staff, considering that it is the defined means to carry out team work remotely, memorandum report, trades and delivery notes, monitoring and control of special plans, database for the running of information presentation programs, content report data analysis, information control and confidential technical information backup.

Pros

It is a tool designed to share files at no additional cost.

Cons

I think they should create inferential and descriptive statistics data analysis tools, and graphing options to complement their work capacity.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Broadcast Media company, 201-500 employees)

Goes Everywhere

2018-09-06

Google docs alerts us when a document has been edited and can allow us to easily roll back to previous versions.

Pros

Additionally, it lets me export to various different versions, including pdf, so I know I can make a particular copy for different platforms.

Cons

The printing feature through the web browser can sometimes be clunky, but that most likely is based off the user's setup.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Carolyn B.

My favourite way to write

2018-05-05

-Easy word document creation -Streamlined workflow -Functional outline tool -Easy file-sharing with clients -Easy project collaboration with clients

Pros

This is great for client project collaboration! Sharing files is also very easy since I've set up each of my clients with their own shared folder.

Cons

I sometimes feel a little frustrated with the way the headings and subheadings look in my document, though I'm sure this can be customized and I just haven't taken the time to do so yet.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 1001-5000 employees)

Google Docs reduces frustration and makes collaboration easy

2020-01-14

I began using Google Docs with clients who did not or were unable to access other forms of collaboration software.

Pros

In most cases, I give permission to individuals, but I also like the ease of just sharing a link.

Cons

I dislike that multiple people are able to edit the document simultaneously.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Leah J.

Excellent online document / word processing platform with great collaboration capabilities

2018-12-12

Privacy / security controls are customizable per-document, and the Search function in Google Drive makes locating specific phrases or information very easy.

Pros

Google Docs makes cross-team and cross-organization collaboration straightforward and easy.

Cons

Some sort of version control would prevent users from 'overwriting' colleagues' work.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Gwen S.

How did we manage before Google Docs

2020-03-24

We use Google Docs to share our client plans, weekly agendas, advertising and editorial plans, working documents, presentations, lead sheets, client sheets, keeping track of job applicants, budgeting, pretty much all of our work product that is not laid out in InDesign.

Pros

Google Docs combines the best of the MS Office products like Word, Excel and PPT as well as document management and file sharing (with version control).

Cons

Sometimes it is hard to find documents (the search can be janky) but setting up folders really helps.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Dennis B.

Best cloud-based universal document platform

2019-05-02

The PDF export feature is priceless.

Pros

Allowing for multi-format file export and integration with other Google Drive content creation services makes this the perfect solution for small business and enterprise-level document curation.

Cons

This is minor, especially since it is sufficient for most basic drawing tasks associated with document creation.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Muhammad Nur Ikhwan B.

Google Drive is made to ease people's lives

2021-09-15

Features like auto-save, document and notes management are so well-established and easy to use.

Pros

Other than that, by using Google Doc, file sharing is no longer a problem as I can share my files with just simply generate a link.

Cons

It might need to be improved as it is so important in order to manage notes, paragraph and files systematically.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Ozan O.

Not only a document editor, but also a collaboration tool

2020-08-28

I can reach all of my documents wherever I am regardless of the which device (mobile phone or computer) I use.

Pros

It is very easy to share any document with anyone, plus with any permission level.

Cons

The orientation of some of the pages cannot be changed in the same document. The whole document must be vertical or horizontal.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Abrar K.

A good word-processing tool for daily personal use.

2021-07-31

It have a collaboration feature that helps a lot when working in a team and saves a lot of time.

Pros

It is easy to import/ export files and start modifying it online.

Cons

The graphical user interface can be improved.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Varsha G.

Go Online - Easy Access Anywhere

2020-09-09

I have to save the file and open again and again.

Pros

I would like the best feature of google docs its multi platform/channel supported with an advanced tool of document editor, share with others, user roles and integration of another third party services.

Cons

Sometime I don't like the limitation on design thing - Like i always miss a kind of word art feature or adding image graphic feature into it.

Rating breakdown

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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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Anonymous
(Computer Games company, 1-10 employees)

Create and share in a simple way

2019-03-22

The ability to share the document with specific permissions help us have better and faster communication with ur clients and inside the teams.

Pros

It's a very convenient tool to share and co-create all kind of documents, the comment and suggest change features are great for workflows and content creation, as it allows to help the owner of the document improve it, solve specific questions and even edit the document on real time, all while the document is saved on the cloud and you have full control on who has which kind of control over the document.

Cons

It needs a gmail or gmail associated account and there can be some lag when multiple people is editing the document (5+).

Rating breakdown

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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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Mikel H.

Collaboration Made Easy

2020-01-04

Google Docs has completely changed the game of team collaboration and organization.

Pros

The platform is so easy for anyone to use and the platform similarity with Microsoft Office Documents makes it universally easy to use.

Cons

There are third party integrations that can easily be added into Google Sheets to make it more robust, but it would be easier if it was already integrated into it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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