Converting Files with Google Docs
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When you upload files to Google Docs, you have to make some choices - Do you want Google Docs to convert your files to Google's format? There are some pros and cons to doing this.
If you're not sure whether a file has been converted, you can see what format your files are by looking at the icons near the file names.
Converting files - PROS:
You don't need special software to view or edit the files - all you need is an internet connection
When you share the files, multiple users can have the file open at the same time
Shared files can be edited by all permitted users simultaneously, and changes are visible in real time.
Converting files - CONS:
If you convert a Microsoft Word document that has pictures in it, the pictures will be lost.
If you convert a Microsoft PowerPoint slide show that has animation or embedded audio or video, those elements will no longer work.
Not converting files - PROS:
Special elements in Word or PowerPoint files will be preserved, even if shared with others, as long as the files are downloaded (viewing the files online probably won't work correctly).
Not converting files - CONS:
Files cannot be edited online, only viewed and/or downloaded.
Shared files cannot be edited simultaneously.