In this video, staff author Jess Stratton discusses the Google Docs file types, and how to differentiate a Google Doc from a Microsoft Office doc.
- [Instructor] I've uploaded some files to Google Drive just for this video. So that we can see the details a little bit more clearly, I'm going to switch to List view by clicking the icon on the top right-hand side of the screen. Google Docs contains its own format for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Those files have their own file extensions that are different from their Microsoft Office counterparts. A Microsoft Office document that can be converted to Google Docs will have a file extension .docx or .doc, for example, here's a Word document that I have stored in Google Drive.
A Google Doc file, if you look at it locally on your computer, will have the extension .gdoc. Clicking on that file from your computer will open up the document in a browser, like this file here, it's a Google Doc. Even if the files have the same name as a Word document, you'll be able to tell the difference by the icon when browsing the files online. This icon means that the file is a Google Docs file. I can see here that this one is a Microsoft Word file.
This one opens up in Google Sheets, whereas this one ends with a file extension .xlsx opens up with Microsoft Excel and hasn't been converted to Google Sheets. Files that contain the file extension .docx, .xlsx, or .ppt which is a PowerPoint presentation, can be converted to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. However, even if they can't be converted, Google Drive can still open a preview of many different file types, files such as photos, PDFs, movies, audio files, and other Office documents can still be viewed.
So even if your files aren't part of the Google Docs suite, you can still preview them in Google Drive. I'll show you how to use something called the preview lightbox in a later video, but for now you'll be able to tell which ones are Microsoft Office documents and which ones are Google Docs.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Navigating the web interface
- Uploading files via the web
- Converting files to Google Doc format
- Deleting and recovering files
- Purchasing more storage space for your files
- Organizing and searching Google Drive
- Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating drawings
- Using Google Docs to collaborate with others
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device