Google Docs is an immensely popular word processing application. But despite its popularity, a lot of newcomers don’t know where to find or create a document in Google Docs.
So, they usually ask the question: “Where is Google Docs?”.
Here are some tips to help you get started with this amazing alternative to Microsoft Word.
What is Google Docs?
If you know what Google Docs is and you just want to know where you can locate and open this application, feel free to skip to the next section. If you’ve never heard of it before, here’s a brief introduction.
Google Docs is a free online word processing document offered by Google – to compete with Microsoft Word. It lets you create and format documents and work with other people online.
Google Docs is available on all smart devices and platforms. You only need an internet connection and a browser to access this cloud-based application (or the Google Docs app, in case of a mobile device).
Google Docs supports several different types of documents, including .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, and .odt, making it easy to convert and work with Microsoft Office files directly from Google Docs.
One of the cool features of this application is its ability to let you share and collaborate with different people on the same document, tracking revisions, changes, and suggestions all in real-time.
With that being said, let’s now look at how and where to find Google Docs.
Where is Google Docs?
Google Docs is on the cloud. If you need to open and work with Google Docs, you’ll need to access it through your internet browser or download the Google Docs app on your mobile phone, depending on the device you are working with.
However, it is a requirement to own a Google account before you can access Google Docs. Google Accounts are free, and signing up for one is a breeze.
NOTE: If you have a Gmail address, you already own a Google account, so you won’t need to create an account again – you can simply sign in to Google Docs using your Gmail details.
You’ll need to provide Google with some basic information to open you a free Google account, like name, date of birth, and location. When you open a Google account, Google will automatically give you a Gmail email address that you can use to access all the Google apps including Google Docs.
If you don’t already have a Google account, create one here.
Now that we have our Google account (or Gmail email address), let’s see how we can use it to access Google Docs.
How to Open Google Docs in a browser
Once you’ve set up your Google account, you can access Google Docs by going to https://docs.google.com in your web browser.
Alternatively, you can open Google Docs from any Google page (such as Google search or Gmail.com). Let me show you how to do this in the following steps.
To open Google Docs on a browser,
- Open your favorite web browser.
- Make sure you are logged into your Google Account. (Create one if you don’t have one).
- Go to https://docs.google.com to open Google Docs.
- Alternatively, go to https://Google.com or https://Gmail.com and wait for the page to finish loading.
- Select the Grid icon near the top-right corner of the page, a list of all Google apps will appear in a drop-down. Scroll down until you see Google Docs, click on it to open it.
When you click on the Google Docs icon, it’ll successfully open up the Google Docs app for you.
You can now start creating new blank documents or import a Microsoft Word document into your Google Docs.
How to open Google Docs on Mobile
The above section shows you how to open Google Docs on PC using the browser.
However, it is a great idea to download the mobile app to enable access to your files regardless of where you go.
To use Google Docs on your tablet or phone (android or iPhone) you need to first download the app from either the Google Play Store or from the iOS App Store.
Below is how to download Google Docs on your phone:
- Open Google Play Store or the iOS App Store.
- In the search bar, type Google Docs and select the first result.
- The Google Docs app will be ready for download and install. Just hit on the Install button to proceed.
As soon as you tap on install, the app will download and install for you.
All you need to do now is to go to your list of apps on your phone and locate the Google Docs app, then tap on it to open.
From the app, you can create, edit and share documents with ease.
And there you have it. If you’ve read to this point, I hope you wont ever ask to know where to go and find the Google Docs app.
Using the instructions in this guide, you can easily open Google Docs on both your browser and on your smartphone or mobile.
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