Google Docs

Google Docs

by Google

Who Uses Google Docs?

Designed for businesses of sizes, it is a cloud-based document management system that helps teams collaborate, share, edit, chat, comment across multiple files in real-time.

What Is Google Docs?

Web-based app designed to store, create, and edit spreadsheets and documents online. Templates, charting and commenting are available.

Google Docs Details

Google

http://www.google.com

Google Docs Pricing Overview

Google Docs starts at US$6.00/month. Google Docs does not have a free version and does not offer a free trial. See additional pricing details for Google Docs below.

Starting Price

US$6.00/month

Pricing Details

Professional office suite with 30GB storage

Free Version

No

Free Trial

No

Deployment

Cloud, SaaS, Web

Google Docs Features

Productivity Software
Collaboration
Database Creation
Document Creation
File Sharing
Notes Management
Office Suite
Presentation Tools
Project Management
Task Management
Team Chat

Google Docs Reviews

Showing 5 of 20,803 reviews

Overall
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.7/5
Customer Service
4.3/5
Features
4.5/5
Value for Money
4.8/5
Ron M.
Project Manager
Computer Software, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    5/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 31/03/2020

"Very few flaws, powerful when used as intended!"

Comments: Overall, my experience with Google Docs has been very positive. I come from the days of having to buy the entire MS Office suite (before they went mostly SaaS) in order to stay relevant with business-oriented organizational needs. Nowadays, Google Docs and its associated software allows for a free, nearly-complete package that will allow nearly all small and mid-range businesses to conduct their work successfully, with enhanced sharing abilities across all platforms.

Pros: I love the fact that Google Docs is easily accessible from anywhere, and I love the sheer number of plugins and integrations available. MS Word is still my go-to for more intense document creation where I need to really worry about the finicky details, but Google Docs is far and away easier and quicker to use for 99% of all cases, to say nothing about the level of interconnectivity with its other offerings.

Cons: It's a minor annoyance, but it can be non-trivial to copy and paste between different programs. For instance, when writing tech manuals, I tend to use Scrivener as a way to keep very disparate sections separate, and to track wordcounts in a more powerful way. Copying and pasting between that program and Google Docs will often cause you to lose out on a lot of formatting, regardless of whether or not you opt to paste with full formatting. Other than that, and the occasional bug that results from transferring data from GDocs to MS Word, I can't say I've had many other issues.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 31/03/2020
Taylor M.
Laboratory Technician
Higher Education, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 27/03/2020

"Frequently recommend this to coworkers"

Comments: The ability to share documents with other Google accounts is perfect for team projects. Teammates can edit or create simultaneously and can see other edits in real time . Google Docs is now the only system I use for documents.

Pros: Google Docs has all the features of Microsoft Word but costs nothing. Available to anyone with a Google account, Google Docs allows you to access your document from any device without having to carry around a flash drive. You can make adjustments to your paper from your phone or start a paper at a local library then finish it from your home computer with no extra effort. Google Docs saves changes automatically, so you will never lose your work if you computer crashes or dies. The ability to share documents with other Google accounts is perfect for team projects. Teammates can edit or create simultaneously and can see other edits in real time . Google Docs is now the only system I use for documents.

Cons: None. Every time I have recommended this software to a coworker or friend, they have been surprised by how many features there are and how easy it is to use.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 27/03/2020
Verified Reviewer
Recruiter Specialist
Automotive, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 20/01/2020

"Google Docs is packed of features while also being the ideal tool for collaborations"

Comments: I am extremely happy with what I found after I started using Google Docs. I was looking for a lightweight tool that I could use without having to install anything on my devices and I found one of the most powerful tools for document creating / editing and never switched back since.

Pros: Google Docs is the solution offered by Google for creating, formatting and sharing documents. I used Google Docs in along with colleagues, when we had to make documents or reports and I can truly say that it was designed with collaboration in mind. The same document can be edited by multiple people in the same time, with the user getting notified by the changes made through the cleverly placed UI elements and the version history the software provides. It is also easy to leave comments and tag people in them when having a question or wanting to do a remark. In terms of features, the ones I used the most are: templates - in order to have nice visuals when doing a document on a short notice, table of contents - which can really help in cases where the document is tens or even hundreds of pages long, headers & footers - which are always present in the documents I make. There are some innovative features which I started playing with which are: voice writing - where the software listens to your voice and then types (it doesn't always go according to the plan, but it's a start); another neat feature is the integration of video calls for easier collaboration. This, again, is a bit limiting in terms of quality.
Google Docs is a surprisingly powerful tool that's made to work in virtually any environment. It has support for PCs, Android or iOS phones and browser. To be able to fully utilize the tool internet is required.

Cons: I think there are two features that can be improved: voice typing which is not always accurate and can take a while to get used to the commands - for example, saying "comma" or "period" for punctuation signs. Another feature that would be nice to get better is the quality of the video calls when doing them embedded into the application. I assume this takes a lot of bandwidth and required quite a good connection to the internet to work.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 20/01/2020
Sven E.
Web Developer
Information Technology & Services, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    3/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    3/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 30/04/2019

"A good, if basic, word processor in the cloud"

Comments: 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.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 30/04/2019
Eric G.
ESOL Classroom Teacher
Education Management, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 26/02/2020

"Google Docs: Great for Personal, Business, and Educational needs"

Comments: I find that the best thing Google Docs has done for me is saved time and headaches. I am able to keep track of files and data, all the time knowing that it is taken care of and won't ever be deleted. I don't have to worry about a computer crash or anything of the sort. Google keeps things organized and efficient.

Pros: I love how you can customize your storage for whatever use you need. Pictures, text, audio, it can all find a home.
Personally, I use Drive everywhere, and the fact that I can take it anywhere is very convenient. I can access files anywhere I have a computer or my phone.
For my work I use drive with my students. They can submit their own files to me for assignments and I can grade them using Drive in concert with Google Classroom. It is seamless and saves so much time.

Cons: I feel like the only thing this service could do better would be an easier way to find and locate files within the drive system. Sometimes it takes a little too long to track down a particular file or folder. I think part of that is because I am used to a 'desktop' format and this is not set up in that way.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 26/02/2020