How to Open a PDF in Google Docs?

Google Docs assists its audience in modifying or creating a new document by providing advanced-level editing features. Besides, Google Docs offers the functionality to import other formats i.,e. Word, PDF.  In certain situations, the user may be required to edit the PDF file in Google Docs to serve a specific purpose unavailable in other tools. Considering this, we have prepared a guide demonstrating how to open a PDF in Google Docs.

Let’s start!

How to Open a PDF in Google Docs?

For opening a PDF in Google Docs, the PDF file must be placed in Google Drive. The further steps are illustrated below:

Step 1: Upload PDF File to Google Drive

An existing pdf file, “sample.pdf”, is carried out to perform multiple operations on it. In addition, users can upload files in the “Drive” as below:

Step 2: Open With Google Docs

By hitting right-click on the PDF file, a dropdown list will appear. In this list, choose “Google Docs” by hovering over the “Open with” option that can be visualized below figure:

Step 3: Verify Google Docs

Now, the user can verify that the PDF file has been opened in Google Docs with the same title of “sample”, as seen below:

Alternate Way to Open the PDF in Google Docs

It can be possible as an alternative to step 2. Double-click on the PDF file, and you will see a drop-down menu at the top of the document. Click on it and choose “Google Docs” from the list (or you can click on” Open with Google Docs”):

It navigates to Google Docs, on which the user can perform any modification. This process can be visualized through the following “GIF”:

That’s all from this Google Docs guide.


To open a PDF in Google Docs, upload it to Google Drive and then open it with the Google Docs from the “Open With” dropdown menu. Doing so will allow the user to avail of the Google Docs functionalities for a PDF file. This post has an illustrated step-by-step method to open a PDF in Google Docs.