Preserve Word format in Drive
Gene Tognetti
November 15, 2016

In a recent conversation with clients about how they could get more from G Suite for Education and Google Classroom, I discovered that many of them had problems uploading Word docs that include tables. The table formats changed during the conversion process. I decided to test drive it myself.

In the first test, I found a Word doc with multiple tables that included bullets, check boxes and URLs in the cells and uploaded it. I turned off "Conversion" in the Drive settings. The document looked fine in the preview page. I then selected "Open With Google Docs" and converted it to Google Docs format. Everything was perfect -- exactly how it looked in my original.

I uploaded the document again, this time with "Conversion" turned on in the settings. The uploaded, auto-converted version came out fine.

I ran this test twice more with two more documents and each one had the same successful result.

If you have had trouble in the past with converting table-laden MS Word docs, I urge you to give it another shot. Things have changed and it's very likely that your documents will come out fine. Mine did.

Gene Tognetti is the founder of Agile Educational Technology Consulting in Campbell, California. He provides professional development to educators on a wide variety of topics, including effective classroom technology integration, digital citizenship, developing student critical thinking and creativity skills, blended learning, one-to-one classrooms and the role of administration in planning technology. Tognetti has been director of professional development, a technology coach, a classroom teacher, and is a recovering vice principal. He led one of the first successful one-to-one Chromebook implementations in California and also successfully led a one-to-one iPad implementation for a large high school. Connect with Tognetti online at his website, via email or on Twitter.

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