Google is known as the search engine giant in most people’s eyes, but few knows Google Docs, which is an excellent alternative to Microsoft Office. And it’s totally free to use if you have a Google account.
Google Docs provides many word processing features. You can either create a new document, spreadsheet or presentation or upload an existing file to the system.
Google Docs is compatible with the most common file formats as below:
- Comma Separated Value files (.csv)
- Hypertext markup language (HTML) files
- Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files (.doc, .ppt or .pps, and .xls, respectively)
- OpenDocument Text and Spreadsheet formats (.odt and .ods, respectively)
- Rich text format (.rtf)
- StarOffice documents (.sxw)
- Text files (.txt)
And it provides users much free storage space, at most 1 GB for the free user account, each account can have up to:
- 5,000 documents of up to 500 kilobytes each
- 1,000 spreadsheets of up to 1 megabyte each
- 5,000 presentations of up to 10 megabytes each
If you need more storage space, you just need to pay another$0.25/GB per year.
The most attractive point is that users can make scanned PDF editable with Google Docs. Just upload the scanned PDF file and check the option of “Convert text from PDF and image files to Google Documents” and then open the uploaded scanned PDF in Google document format. Now you can edit the text in PDF.