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GDOC File Extension

Google Drive Document
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What is GDOC file?

File with GDOC extension contains information about Google Docs document. It stores following information:

  • URL to related file stored in the cloud,
  • information about the author of given document.

GDOC document files don’t contain any text data or images but only reference to those resources. GDOC files are used by Google Drive service. Such files don’t take disk space and can be accessed by registered Google user. If Google Drive application is installed on user’s computer, GDOC files may be saved in dedicated file folder. Files referred in GDOC documents cannot be larger than 50MB and cannot contains more than 1,02 million characters, regardless of the number of pages and font formatting. GDOC image must be saved in JPEG, PNG, or GIF format, with the exception of animated images.

Google Docs application offers its users a free interface for creating documents and space for storing generated or imported documents. It offers similar design and functionality to standard office suite applications, but focuses on moblity and benefits of cloud computing and storage. Google’s office suite comprises of the following free applications for individual users:

  • Google Docs – a word processor,
  • Google Sheets – a spreadsheet,
  • Google Slides – a presentation creator.

Those services are also included in Gsuite, an office suite for business environments, whic offers some additional features. GDOC documents can be exported into other more popular formats and save locally. They can also be shared with other users, with limited or full access. Documents saved in other formats can be imported to Google Docs.

Programs which support GDOC file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 6 operating systems that support GDOC files. Files with GDOC suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support GDOC file

Updated: 03/13/2023

How to open file with GDOC extension?

Problems with accessing GDOC may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with GDOC extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install Google Drive

Install software to open GDOC file Problems with opening and working with GDOC files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with GDOC files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Google Drive or different compatible program, such as Google Docs. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support GDOC files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Google Drive website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Google Drive

Update software that support file extension GDOCIf you already have Google Drive installed on your systems and GDOC files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of Google Drive installed, it may not support GDOC format. The latest version of Google Drive should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Google Drive Document files with Google Drive

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate GDOC files with latest version of Google Drive you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with GDOC file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the GDOC with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Google Drive installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open GDOC files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with GDOC file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected GDOC file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with GDOC extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the GDOC file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the GDOC file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check GDOC file for viruses
1. Verify that the GDOC in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the GDOC is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. GDOC file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with GDOC extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic GDOC file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with GDOC extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Google Drive Document file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Google Drive

If the systems has insufficient resources to open GDOC files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Google Drive Document file. It may be the case that the GDOC files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a GDOC file

File Conversions from GDOC extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to GDOC file
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