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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. You’ll find many similar features, such as text formatting and tables, and additional benefits when you use Google Docs.

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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 access levels*

  • View only
  • Edit access

*Word Online only, requires Microsoft account

docs In Docs

4 access levels

  • View only
  • Edit access
  • Comment only
  • Owner (can 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

6 ways to control visibility

  • Specific people or Google Groups
  • Anyone with the link
  • Anyone in your domain with the link
  • Everyone in your domain (searchable in Drive)
  • Public on the web (searchable on the web)
  • Set sharing expiration dates

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

Feature

Work with Word files

word In Word
Based on Office 2013

Open your document in Word

docs In Docs

3 ways to work with Word files

  • Convert Word files to Docs files in Drive
  • Open Word files directly in Drive (without installing Office) and save them to Drive
  • Open Word files in Office and save them to Drive
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Work with documents

Your most important Word features exist in Docs, too.

2.1

Edit and add styles to your text.

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2.2

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 Word or PDF.

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

2.3

Enhance your document by adding features.

Image—Insert an image from your computer, the web, or 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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2.4

Click Share to share your document and 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

2.5

Collaborate with your team in real time.

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Do more with Docs

3.1

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

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3.2

Edit Office files on any device, whether or not you have Office. Learn more

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3.3

Assign tasks by tagging people in comments. Learn more

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3.4

Make your documents consistent with templates. Learn more

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3.5

Find and add citations with the Explore tool. Learn more

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3.6

Import and convert Word documents to Docs. Learn more

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