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Convert Your Old Google Docs Document to the New Docs Editor

Just hours after, we posted about the backward incompatibility of the new Google Docs editor, the Google Docs team announced of testing of a new feature that lets you convert an old document to the new editor.

If you’re the owner of a document made in the old editor, you may now receive a notice at the top of your document giving you the option to preview the document in the new editor. From there you’ll get a chance to see what the document looks like in the new editor and either choose to convert it or leave it in the old format.

There’re two important things to note about this process. First, this feature willn’t be available to Google Apps customers initially. Second, revision history willn’t be imported into the new editor.

If you want to freshen up your old documents, try opening them today and seeing what they look like when you upgrade to the version with all the latest features.

new Google Docs Editor pop-up

new Google Docs Viewer

“Because we’re converting between two very different editors, it’s also possible that the document could look slightly changed in the new editor. For e.g., there’re still more table features we need to add to the new editor before it’ll be able to perfectly import all forms of tables that can be created in the old editor,” stated Google.


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