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What is Google Docs? Google Docs provides a great solution for sharing documents of all types but more-so for collaborating on projects. It is by far the most popular method for document creation simply because you can share the documents with anyone as long as they have a Google account. The person you share the files with can then make changes that you can view and respond to in real time.

As to PDF documents, it is possible to open PDF in Google Docs, but Google Docs has a few shortcomings when it comes to editing PDF files. While you can open PDF file in Google Docs, read and organize them, it is not very easy to edit them. In this article, we are going to provide a solution to this problem.

How to Open PDF with Google Docs

Follow these very simple steps to open a PDF document in Google Docs directly:

Step 1: Go to your Google drive and log in to your account. Once inside, click on "Upload" icon to upload files on to your account. This will allow you to browse for the PDF file on your computer.
Step 2: Once the file had been uploaded, right click on it and then select "Open With > Google Docs".
Step 3: In the popup window that appears, browse to choose the target image and then click "Open" to import it.

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As effective as Google Docs can be sometimes, it does come with a few shortcomings. Some of them include:

  • Opening a PDF in Google Docs may not always work and the images in the original PDF may be missing in the uploaded document.
  • You can't edit the text in the document in Google Docs, you can just copy the text in a new Google Docs file and then edit the words from there.
  • Google Docs lacks some of the more advanced editing functions you will find on other PDF programs such as adding pages, deleting pages and even adding and removing images.

Better Solution to Open PDF in Google Docs

If you need a better way to open PDF files you may require the needs of PDFelement This program is designed to make it easier for you to not only open and read PDFs but also gives you a plethora of editing options to choose from.

Unlike Google Docs PDFelement allows you easily and effective edit both text and the graphics in the document. You can easily select any section of text and either delete it completely or make changes in terms of font and even color. You can also remove whole sections of the document and add even larger sections into the document.

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Also unlike Google Docs, the document you add into PDF element will not be altered in any way. You can expect all of the content in the document to be in the same condition as the original document. If you however, don’t like the images or their positioning, PDFelement does give you the option to make any changes you need to. You can easily remove, reorder or resize the images as well as easily add more images into the document.

Here's how to open PDF without Google Docs. Begin by downloading and installing Wondershare PDFelement to your computer. Launch the program and then follow these very simple steps to open and edit your PDF file.

Step 1: Open the PDF File

To open the PDF file into the program, you can click on the "Open File" button and choose the PDF file you want to open.

You can also open PDF file by tapping the "File" options on the top and then click "Open" and "Browse" to select the PDF to open.

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Step 2: Edit the Document

Now that the document is open, you can go ahead and edit sections of it. To do this click on the "Edit" tab where you will find a number of editing options including "Add Text", "Add Image" and "Link" among others.

Choose the option that corresponds to the action you want to take on the PDF document that you uploaded. For example, choose "Add Image" if you would like to add an image anywhere in the document. You can then browse for the image you wish to add. Once the image is in the document, you will see a blue box around it, click on the edges of this box to resize the image.

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Step 3: Convert after Opening the PDF

Once you are happy with all of the changes you wish to make on the document, you can convert the file into a more Google Docs-friendly format such as Word. Fortunately, PDFelement makes this very easy. Just click on "Home" and then select the "To Word" option to convert the file. Click "Save" to begin the conversion.

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The whole process should take just a few seconds. You should then see another dialogue box confirming that the conversion process is complete. Click on the link next to "Output Folder" to go to the folder containing the converted file. You can then upload the edited, converted file to Google Docs and share it with your networks.


Tips on How to Use Google Docs

Everyone with a Google account has access to Google Docs which is an online word processor that allows users to create and format documents that can be shared with other people. The single biggest advantage of using Google docs is that it makes collaboration on projects quite easy. Any changes made to the document can be viewed and responded to in normal time.

If this seems like something you might want to use, here are a few tips to make Google Docs even better.

  • Enable offline access in Google docs to allow you to work offline and when you connect to the internet, all changes are synced. To do this click on the gear icon at the right corner and then ensure that "sync your work to this computer so you can edit offline" is enabled.
  • You can also publish documents online. Just click on "File> publish". You will then get a link that you can share with others.
  • Fix typos in the document by going to "Tools> Spell Check".

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Published: Dec 08,2017 15:10 pm / Updated: Dec 08,2017 15:17 pm

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