How to Convert PDFs to Google Docs

By Rex Molder

Google Docs is a free online service provided by Google Inc. that allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings and more online. Once created, you can download these documents in a variety of file formats -- including PDF -- that are compatible with popular software programs, and either save them in the original format or convert them to a Google Docs format.

Open your Google Docs account by logging in at the Docs homepage (see Resources) or logging into Gmail and clicking the link in the top left of the screen.

Click the "Upload" icon in the top left of the Docs homepage. This takes you to the Upload Files page.

Click "Select files to upload" and locate the PDF document you want to convert.

Click the box next to "Convert text from PDF or image files to Google Docs documents" to select it.

Click the "Start Upload" icon at the bottom of the page. The file is uploaded to your Google Docs account and converted to the standard .odt format using optical character recognition.

Click "Back to Google Docs" at the top of the page to return to your Google Docs homepage. The uploaded file appears in your file list with the same name as the original file, but in the Google Docs format.