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Differences at a glance

In the past, you might’ve used the consumer (such as Microsoft® Office® 2013) version of Microsoft Word® outside of work. Now that you’re using G Suite, you’ll find many similar features—and several additional benefits—when you use Google Docs.

1.1

Feature

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

docs In Docs

Feature

Real-time collaboration

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

  • Add collaborators*
  • See changes as they occur*
  • Add and reply to comments*
  • Chat within the document in real-time*

*Word Online only, requires Microsoft account

docs In Docs

  • Add collaborators
  • See changes as they occur
  • Add and reply to comments
  • Chat within the document in real-time
  • Suggest edits

Feature

Share your document

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

  • Email a copy as an attachment
  • Share a link in an email or chat window*
  • Publish on the web*

*Word Online only, requires Microsoft account

docs In Docs

  • Email a copy as an attachment
  • Share a link in an email or chat window
  • Publish on the web
  • Share directly in Docs
  • Insert your Docs file in an email
  • Embed in Google Sites

Feature

Set sharing access

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

2 sharing access levels*

  • Recipients can only view (view-only access)
  • Recipients can edit (full edit access)

*Word Online only, requires Microsoft account

docs In Docs

4 sharing access levels

  • Can view (view-only access)
  • Can edit (full edit access)
  • Can comment
  • Is owner (transfer ownership)

Feature

Control sharing visibility

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

3 ways to control visibility*

  • Specific people
  • Anyone with the link
  • Public on the web (searchable on the web)

*Word Online only, requires Microsoft account

docs In Docs

5 ways to control visibility

  • Specific people or Google Groups
  • Anyone with the link
  • Public on the web (searchable on the web)
  • Anyone in your domain with the link
  • Your domain (searchable in your domain)

Feature

Version control

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

  • Access detailed versions of your document
  • Revert to an earlier version
  • See who made which changes*

*Word Online only, requires Microsoft account

docs In Docs

  • Access detailed versions of your document
  • Revert to an earlier version
  • See who made which changes
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Access your documents

You can reach Google Docs on any computer, smartphone, or tablet. When you change or delete a Docs file from one device, the same change immediately appears on every device so you’re always accessing the most up-to-date version.

2.1

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

docs In Docs

On the web

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

View documents saved in Microsoft OneDrive™ or Dropbox™ in Word Online, a scaled-down web version of Word, at office.live.com.*

*Requires Microsoft account

docs In Docs

View your Docs from any device with an Internet browser, anytime.

If you don’t have Internet access, you can still access Docs offline.

On your computer

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

Open Word documents from where they’re saved on your computer.

docs In Docs

If you’ve installed Google Drive for Mac/PC, go to the Drive folder on your computer to open your Docs.

On your mobile devices

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

Install the Word app, then open, edit, or share a Word document stored in Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox.

docs In Docs

Install the Docs app, then open, edit, or share any file.

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Work with documents

Your most important Word features exist in Docs, too.

3.1

Edit and add styles to your text.

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3.2

Work with different versions and copies of your document.

Make a copy Create a duplicate of your document. This is a great way to create templates.

See revision history See all the changes you and others have made to the document, or revert to earlier versions.

Download as Download your document in other formats such as Microsoft® Word® or PDF.

Publish to web Publish a copy of your document as a webpage, or embed your document in a website.

3.3

Enhance your document by adding features.

Image Insert an image from your computer, the web, or Google Drive.

Link Add a link to another page or to a header or bookmark in the same document.

Drawing Create pictures, flowcharts, diagrams, and more in your document.

Table Select the number of columns and rows to create a table.

Bookmark Add shortcuts to specific places within your document.

Table of contents Create an autogenerated table of contents that links to each heading (where you’ve applied heading styles).

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3.4

Click Share to share your document, then choose what collaborators can do. They’ll also receive an email notification.

Share or unshare

Edit content directly

Suggest edits

Add comments

Can edit

Share or unshare

Edit content directly

Suggest edits

Add comments

Can comment

Share or unshare

Edit content directly

Suggest edits

Add comments

Can view

Share or unshare

Edit content directly

Suggest edits

Add comments

3.5

Collaborate with your team in real-time.

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Do more with Docs

4.1

Work on your document when you’re offline. Learn more

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4.2

Edit Microsoft Office® files on any device, without installing Office. Learn more

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4.3

Get targeted feedback on a section of your document and send an email notification. In the comment text, type the plus (+) sign and an email address (such as "+cassy@solarmora.com"). Learn more

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4.4

Make your documents consistent with templates. Learn more

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4.5

Find a quote or citation using the Research tool’s Google-powered search. Learn more

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4.6

Instantly translate Docs into other languages. Learn more

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