Google Docs & Spreadsheets

The Good Google Docs & Spreadsheets is easy to set up and offers a clean interface; tags documents by subject; imports various file formats; exports to PDF; Spreadsheets includes formula shortcuts; autosaves files; works with ODF and Microsoft Office files.

The Bad Google Docs & Spreadsheets' features are limited; still in beta; doesn't import WordPerfect files.

The Bottom Line Google Docs & Spreadsheets beta gracefully merges word processing, spreadsheets and basic presentations within an online service that lets you collaborate with other users.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Support 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Google Docs & Spreadsheets can handle the nuts and bolts of daily office work, such as composing and editing text documents. crunching numbers in a spreadsheet, and making basic slide shows. While the features are far fewer than those of desktop software such as Microsoft Office, this online service conveniently lets you do your work anywhere and collaborate with other users.

To get started, just sign in with a Google username using at least Internet Explorer 6, Firefox 1.07+, Mozilla 1.712, or Netscape 7.2 (you must enable JavaScript and cookies). Setup took just a few moments in our tests. If you've already used Writely or Google Spreadsheets, they'll transfer automatically.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets is built around the now-dead Writely beta word processor and the formerly solo Google Spreadsheets. The recent addition of Presentations rounds out this suite.

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