There are different ways of getting started using Google documents: you can create a new online document, you can upload an existing one, or you can use a template from our templates gallery.
From your Docs list
To create a new document, go to your Docs list, click the Create new drop-down menu, and select Document.
From an existing Doc
You can also create a new document while in an existing document, spreadsheet, presentation, or drawing. Simply click the File menu, select New and choose Document.
Upload and convert
You can also upload a variety of file types into Google Docs and have it automatically convert into a document. Review accepted imported data types »
When you upload a file, a box that indicates the progress of the upload appears in the bottom right of your screen. You can minimize the box or move it to the left or right of the screen. When you’re done, you can click the document title to open the uploaded file or close the box by clicking the x in the upper right of the box.
To add items to your docs list, you have a few options.
Drag and Drop
You can drag-and-drop your files directly from your computer into your Documents List, and even straight into a collection. This feature is available only in the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. If you aren’t working in the latest version of one of those browsers, you can click the Upload button and select either Files... or Basic... from the drop-down menu.
To manually select files from your computer to upload to Google Docs, follow these steps:
- In your Documents List, click the Upload button and select Files from the drop-down menu.
- Select the file you’d like to upload to Google Docs. To select multiple files, press Shift or Ctrl and click all the files to upload.
- Your file will appear in your Documents List.
Click the Upload button on the Documents List and select Basic... from the drop-down menu. Here, you’ll have two options for uploading your files:
Dragging files directly from your desktop
Select one or more files from your computer and drag them to the dotted-line box. This option is available in recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari only.
When you're finished dragging all of your files into the dotted-line box, click the Start upload button.
Clicking "Select files to upload"
Simply click the Select files to upload link that appears below the dotted-line box.
When the Browse dialog is open, select the file you'd like to upload to Google Docs. To select multiple files, press Shift or Ctrl and click all the files to upload. If you first select one file and then decide to upload more, click the Select more files link that appears after you upload the first file.
When you've selected all of the files you’d like to upload, click the Start upload button. Your files will appear in your Documents List.