Converting a PDF into Google Docs is finaly less of an absolute nightmare

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Converting a PDF (opens in new tab) into Google Docs (opens in new tab) is set to become a lot simpler and better-looking thanks to a major upgrade.

Google has announced a clutch of updates that will see improvements in image imports, text styles and formatting and layout conversion.

The new feature will also be switched on by default, hopefully meaning the end of endless fiddling with images and text within Google Docs, the company noted in a blog post (opens in new tab)

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Users will now see improvements when they import images, which should be a much smoother process, including how accompanying text wraps around images. 

Google added that the conversion of text styles and formattings such as strikethrough and underline have also been improved.

Layout conversion, including support for multi-column layouts, custom page sizes, tables with borders, and improved content ordering have also been enhanced.

To convert PDF and photo files to text, go to "drive.google.com" on your computer and:

- Right-click on the file you want to convert

- Click the "Open with Google Docs" option

- The image file will be converted to a Google Doc.

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The improvements have already begun rolling out for both enterprise and end-users - and are already available to users of Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus

Users of G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers, will also be able to enjoy the new features now.

Mike Moore
Deputy Editor, TechRadar Pro

Mike Moore is Deputy Editor at TechRadar Pro. He has worked as a B2B and B2C tech journalist for nearly a decade, including at one of the UK's leading national newspapers and fellow Future title ITProPortal, and when he's not keeping track of all the latest enterprise and workplace trends, can most likely be found watching, following or taking part in some kind of sport.