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Word from Docs

Switch to Word from Docs

Switch to Word from Docs and start collaborating with these quick instructions on how to create, share, and edit documents on your own or with your team.

Note: Features and information in this guide apply to Word as available through Office 365.

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With Word:

  • Create documents to add and format text, images, and page layouts.

  • Get to your documents from your computer, tablet, or phone.

  • Share and work with others, wherever they are.

Differences*

Task

Word

Google Docs

Collaborate

  • Share documents from your browser or desktop versions of Word

  • Co-author documents in your browser or desktop versions of Word

  • Chat in document on a browser or desktop

  • Share documents from your browser

  • Co-author in the browser

  • Chat in document on a browser

Edit

  • Edit offline

  • Proofreading tools, such as Editor

  • Open and edit PDF documents

  • Edit offline in Chrome

Format

  • Fonts and formatting, Styles, Themes, and color schemes

  • Fonts and formatting

Create

  • Add text, images, charts, and tables

  • Templates

  • Write directly in a document with Inking

  • Create mass mailings with Mail Merge

  • Mark your documents with watermarks

  • SmartArt

  • Add text, images, charts, and tables

  • Templates

*Differences are based on G-Suite Basic Edition and Microsoft's Office 365 E3 plan as of May 2017.

With Office, you can use Word Online from any web browser, or you can seamlessly switch to Word 2016 on your desktop for rich editing features. See Compare Word features on different platforms.

For more information, see What's new in Word 2016 for Windows.

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