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Google Docs bumps maximum file size to 10GB

The search giant has increased the size of files that can be uploaded and stored to its Google Docs to 10GB from 1GB previously.

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Google Docs users can now upload and work with files and documents as large as 10 gigabytes.

In a Google+ post from yesterday, Google product manager Scott Johnston announced the latest enhancement that boosts the maximum Google Docs file size from 1 GB previously.

However, the increased file size will mainly benefit users with paid accounts.

People who use Google Docs for free are still limited to 1 GB of storage space in total for uploaded files, though documents created directly online don't count toward that quota. But users with paid accounts that range anywhere from $5 a year for 20 GB to $4096 a year for 16 terabytes may find the new file size handy for uploading images, videos, and other hefty file types.

In other news on the Google Docs front, PowerPoint users can now upload and convert PPTX files (the format used by PowerPoint 2007 and 2010). The company provides a support page that explains how to convert various Microsoft Office file types into Google Docs).

Google spreadsheet users can now access a handy list of keyboard shortcuts by pressing the Ctrl and / keys. Using the keystrokes can sometimes make it easier to navigate from one section or spreadsheet to another.

And finally, the Google Viewer now supports compressed ZIP and RAR files. Uploading either file type lets you view a list of the contents of the compressed file without having to download and uncompress it first. Google will even let you view certain files within the ZIP or RAR archive. For example, I uploaded a ZIP file containing Word documents, and the Google Docs Viewer was able to display each document properly formatted.