How to Add PDF to Google Docs


Google Docs is a great free online tool that lets you write, edit, and share your documents. However, if you try to add a PDF to your docs file, you may not see the option for it.

Although Google has not yet introduced the built-in feature to add PDF files, there are still some alternative methods you can use to add PDF files to your documents.

So, let us dive into more details on how you can edit, add, and do more with PDFs through Google Docs.

How do I edit a PDF document in Google Docs?

Let’s look at some methods to edit PDF on Google Docs. You can either open a PDF with your Google Docs, convert with Word, or use online website conversion tools.

Edit PDF in Google Docs

Google Docs lets you easily open PDF documents on its platform. This method makes it easy to edit or make some changes to your existing PDF file. Here are some steps you can follow.

  1. Open your Google Drive and log into your account.
  2. Click on the New button and select the File download option.
  3. Then right-click on the document and click Open with > Google Docs.

Using the Word app

You can also use your Word application to convert your PDF files and edit your documents. Do this,

  1. Open your Word application.
  2. Navigate to the File menu and select Open.
  3. Browse your computer and choose your PDF File.
  4. Click on the Open button.Open a Word document

Word will automatically start converting the PDF file to Word format. With this method, the original PDF file will remain the same. Now open your Google Docs. Navigate to the File menu and click Open. Select your Word file.

Online converter tool

Another easy way to edit your PDF files is to use online converter tool websites. Here are some steps you can follow.

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to a PDF editor website.
  2. Browse your PDF file from your computer. Edit PDF Online
  3. Now make the new changes and click Apply Changes.
  4. Click on the Download option.
  5. Finally, upload your file to Google docs.Download edited PDF

How to put a PDF file in Google Docs?

There are mainly two options for adding PDF files to your documents. You can either change the file format to JPEG or create a shareable link. Whichever method you prefer, both are easy to follow. So, let’s take a look at these methods.

Convert PDF to JPG

For Windows users, you can use the biopsy tool to take screenshots of the PDF document and save the files in Jpg format.

As for Mac users, you can use the shortcut command Ctrl+Shift+3 to take the screenshot of the whole window or use the command Ctrl+Shift+4 to take a screenshot of a particular part.

Now head to your Docs file. Go to the Insert menu, and select the option to upload the image from your computer.

Online converter tool

Alternatively, you can also use online website conversion tools to convert your PDF images to jpeg format. Here is a step by step guide on how you can do it.

  1. Open your web browser and go to an online conversion website.
  2. Locate and upload your PDF document to the site.Download your PDF file
  3. Click the Convert to JPG button.
  4. When the conversion is complete, download and save the file.
  5. Now open your Google Doc and navigate to the Insert menu.
  6. Click on the image option and select Download from a computer. Download-converted-JPG-file
  7. Locate and select the file.
  8. Finally click on the Open button.

Create a shareable link

If the size of your PDF file is relatively large, you also have the option of formatting it into shareable links on your Google Docs. Do this,

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to your Google Drive.
  2. Click on the New button and select the File download option.
  3. Right click on the file and choose it. Get the link option.Get link option
  4. Copy the link to your clipboard.
  5. Go to Google Docs and navigate to Insert menu.
  6. Click on the Get the link option. Paste link to Google Docs
  7. Paste the PDF link.

How to combine PDF files?

Merging multiple files into one is quite easy with Google add-ons. These extensions also allow you to organize documents according to your preferences. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. Go to your Google Drive.
  2. Click on the New button and go to Continued.
  3. Select the Connect more apps. Connect more apps
  4. In the search field, type PDF and press enter.
  5. Scroll down and select PDF Merge.PDF Merge
  6. Click on the To install button.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  8. Select the PDF files you want to merge.
  9. Right click and select Open With > PDF Mergy.Open with PDF Mergy
  10. Organize your document accordingly and press Merge.
  11. Choose between Save PDF to Computer Where Save the PDF to Drive.

How do I save as PDF to Google Docs?

To save a PDF file to Google Docs, go to the File menu, click the To download and select the option PDF documents (.pdf) in the drop-down menu. The version of the PDF file will be automatically saved on your device.

related questions

Would my PDF document lose its format if I convert it to documents?

While you are converting your PDF to documents, you cannot recover the same format. Although the text remains the same, the style of formatting, such as font size or text alignment and spacing, can change significantly.

Can I print a PDF file in Google Docs?

Yes you can. Go to the docs file menu and click on the Print option. Please make sure the destination option is set to Print to PDF. Press Save. Your printing process should start automatically.

Does converting to PDF reduce file size?

No, it’s quite the opposite. So when you convert your document file to PDF, the file size increases instead.


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