Google Docs

Google Docs

Online document creation and editing

4.7/5 (19424 reviews)

Google Docs Overview

What is Google Docs?

Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time.

Google Docs Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Value for money

Google Docs Features

Devices
Business size
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Markets
Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe and 5 others, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 22 others, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

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Google Docs Reviews for UK Users

Google Docs Reviews for UK Users

Overall rating
4.7
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5 19424 reviews
Excellent
14261

Very good
4546

Average
565

Poor
38

Terrible
14

Value for Money
4.8
Features
4.5
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Support
4.3
97% recommended this app
Fariz A.

Don't have Word installed on your PC? Never fear! Meet Google Docs!

Google Docs is extremely helpful in my daily tasks and when I am mobile. As a manager, it's easy for me to access my documents and edit them on the fly wherever I am. As a freelance transcriber, it helps a lot with my tasks with its audio to text feature.


Zack P.

Breakthrough online document editor when it came out and still ahead of the competition

GoogleDocs was groundbreaking when it came out and continues to be my go-to for creating new documents and sheets quickly for myself or sharing with others in business or at home.


Jeheen mahmood Z.

Do we even need to discuss how cool this tool is?!!!

This is the backbone of our office admin work. We use it for collaborating with the clients, they review and comment on the docs before we can finalize and go for signing or live work. We use this for our meeting agendas and also for simple documentation and training.


Sven E.

A good, if basic, word processor in the cloud

I'm using Google Docs for creating all my business letters & documents. So far I've always been able to achieve professional & proper looking results and have greatly profited from Google's templates directory. The cloud backup & collaboration features of Docs have also come in handy on numerous occasions.


Sumit N.

Best web based Document Editor you can get for Free

Since I am a Blogger and a part time recruiter, I happen to compose articles and receive a lot of Resumes. I find Google Docs very useful. I can access Resumes on the go on my mobile using Google Docs app for Android. Since it is from Google, we can store documents directly to Google Drive. The thing that I feel it lacks is support, I have to look for help topics or community forums in order to find an answer to a question that I have. The need seldom arises though.


Fariz A.
Industry: Design
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Don't have Word installed on your PC? Never fear! Meet Google Docs!

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 06/11/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Google Docs is extremely helpful in my daily tasks and when I am mobile. As a manager, it's easy for me to access my documents and edit them on the fly wherever I am. As a freelance transcriber, it helps a lot with my tasks with its audio to text feature.

Pros

As a design manager, I often do proposals and reports using a word processing software. I am always on the go. Google Docs enables me to edit files online and access it anywhere, anytime provided you can go online. If you are used to use Microsoft Word, then your right at home. The interface is similar and a breeze to use. If you don't have a laptop, you can open Google Docs using a smartphone or a tablet; open docs, edit and save them online. Pretty nifty!

There was once I was late and in a rush for a meeting and realized that I left my laptop at home. Even fogot my USB drive. Silly me. I need to print out a proposal asap. But because the night before I created the proposal online using Google Docs, I went online at the printing shop and printed the proposal and was on my way to the meeting feeling relieved. Phew~

My boss and colleagues also do proposals and would always ask me to review their documents or add my ideas to it. I edited their files and they also can view them or add more content, all in real-time.

Docs offers its fair share of unique features that can make your life a whole lot easier. As a freelance transcriber, the Voice Typing function is useful to transcribe audio into text which saves me a lot of time. Also when I have ideas for a project or proposal and I am lazy to type, I would use the Voice Typing tool to convey my speech and thoughts into text. Feels like being Tony Stark.

Cons

Nothing really. It has all the features of a word processing software. You just need a reliable internet connection. Just make sure you save your file every time you have edited your document. Well yes it does have an AutoSave feature, but always keep a backup by email or your USB drive, in case you don't have internet access.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Zack P.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Breakthrough online document editor when it came out and still ahead of the competition

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 10/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

GoogleDocs was groundbreaking when it came out and continues to be my go-to for creating new documents and sheets quickly for myself or sharing with others in business or at home.

Pros

Ease of use is the biggest factor. Being able to open the webapp and immediately begin working on a document or sheet as well as collaborate with others in real time. All of the basic editor functionality is there as well as some deeper features. Revision history is an excellent feature that allows viewing and reverting of versions.

Cons

It definitely doesn't have all of the features that the corresponding desktop apps have (MS Word and Excel), but there is an extension system where the community can develop and share more functionality though.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Jeheen mahmood Z.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Do we even need to discuss how cool this tool is?!!!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 03/01/2020
Review Source: Capterra

This is the backbone of our office admin work. We use it for collaborating with the clients, they review and comment on the docs before we can finalize and go for signing or live work. We use this for our meeting agendas and also for simple documentation and training.

Pros

I like nearly everything about this tool. I can literally work from any computer, anywhere as long as I can access my Google Docs files. I worked on a few things during the last holidays, at the hotel we were staying (wife was not happy). I had an urgent task to review and I pulled up the files in a borrowed computer, finished the task, cleaned all history for security (it was a borrowed computer after all) and was off to the beach.

Google docs provides a lot of extra add-ons which comes in really handy. Though most of the top shelf stuff are paid, not free like the Google docs itself. But they really make your life easier. And they are adding more functionality over time!

Cons

Only downside I have found in my years of use is the files get sluggish if there is a lot of data. A desktop solution like MS Word opens up really fast and loads all the text and images/diagrams in a sec, but being a cloud app, Google doc takes a few seconds to respond if you have loaded tons of stuff in there. But that is unaviodable and I dont hold it against them.

Another rare annoyance is the server issue. Again since it is a cloud service, the app can not be expected to be live 100% of the time. A couple years back it was getting more frequent, like multiple times in a month. But it is a lot more sable now. I havent seen such an error in months.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Sven E.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: Self Employed

A good, if basic, word processor in the cloud

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 30/04/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I'm using Google Docs for creating all my business letters & documents. So far I've always been able to achieve professional & proper looking results and have greatly profited from Google's templates directory. The cloud backup & collaboration features of Docs have also come in handy on numerous occasions.

Pros

Google Docs provides you with all the obvious necessities a word processor in 2019 should be giving you. While it doesn't support overly fancy layouts & effects, Google Docs concentrates on the core word processing feature-set and executes well on it. You can easily & (perhaps more importantly) efficiently write letters, notes and memos using this application. The instant sync & cloud backup are a nice bonus and Google's new "Template Directory", which gives you access for templates for things like contracts, freelance writing agreements, invites, etc. is a treasure trove for everyone who's just trying to get their work done.
Your documents written in Google Docs will look professional, whether you use a template or create a document from scratch. The export to PDF & Word makes it compatible with all mayor systems and the tight Google integration is a nice bonus for everyone who also utilises the plethora of Google services.
Google Docs is a perfectly fine word processor that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend as your "daily driver" for document editing.

Cons

While Google Docs "executing well on the basics" approach to word processing works brilliantly when creating documents, it also creates incompatibilities when trying to import documents written in Word or Apple Pages. This can sometimes lead to mayor issues when working with coworkers, contractors or clients who use one of these other word processors, which can only be resolved by one of the involved parties switching to the other's editor of choice.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Sumit N.
Industry: Information Services
Company size: Self Employed

Best web based Document Editor you can get for Free

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 23/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Since I am a Blogger and a part time recruiter, I happen to compose articles and receive a lot of Resumes. I find Google Docs very useful. I can access Resumes on the go on my mobile using Google Docs app for Android. Since it is from Google, we can store documents directly to Google Drive. The thing that I feel it lacks is support, I have to look for help topics or community forums in order to find an answer to a question that I have. The need seldom arises though.

Pros

The great thing about Google Docs is its free to use, supports standard formats like .doc, .docx and .odt and files are stored on cloud. Google Docs app is also available for Android and iOS, so it can be used on the go. Another great thing is it supports simultaneous modification of documents by multiple users. Most word processing features are available so we don't have to spend a lot of money on other commercial document editing software.

Cons

It has a web-based editor that works only when we have internet access, so if we are working remotely we need to first download documents and edit them in any other document editor. Support is available via forums or help section of Google Docs, unless we have G Suite subscription. No Windows version of Google Docs is available, can only be access via browsers.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9.2/10
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Google Docs Pricing

Google Docs Pricing

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Free Trial
Free
Value for money
Value for Money
4.8/5
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Google Docs Features

Google Docs Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Chat
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customisable Branding
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
Permission Management
Projections
SSL Security
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.5/5
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Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Additional information for Google Docs

Additional information for Google Docs

Key features of Google Docs

  • Add flair and formatting to your documents
  • Collaborate online in real time
  • Download as a Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML or zip file
  • Email your documents to other people as attachments
  • Invite other people to collaborate on a document with you
  • Translate a document to a different language
  • Upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document
  • View your document's revision history

Google Docs FAQs

Google Docs FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Google Docs.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Google Docs offer?

Google Docs offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free

Free Trial: Available

Q. What are the main features of Google Docs?

Google Docs offers the following features:

  • Add flair and formatting to your documents
  • Collaborate online in real time
  • Download as a Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML or zip file
  • Email your documents to other people as attachments
  • Invite other people to collaborate on a document with you
  • Translate a document to a different language
  • Upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document
  • View your document's revision history

Q. Who are the typical users of Google Docs?

Google Docs has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Google Docs support?

Google Docs supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Q. What type of pricing plans does Google Docs offer?

Google Docs has the following pricing plans:

Free

Q. Does Google Docs support mobile devices?

Google Docs supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Google Docs integrate with?

Google Docs integrates with the following applications:

ActiveCampaign, Benchmark Email, Click2Mail, Customer Thermometer, Email It, Kapost, LiveChat, Lucidchart, PipelineDeals, Zapier

Q. What level of support does Google Docs offer?

Google Docs offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials