1. J.T. Woody

    J.T. Woody Amateur Human Contributor

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    Microsoft Word to Google Doc question

    Discussion in 'Software' started by J.T. Woody, Nov 29, 2019.

    Maybe I havent been searching the right terms to generate an answer....

    But, if you save a Microsoft Word document to your Google Drives.... if something happens to that Word document (like if it gets deleted or your computer crashes and you lose the document), does this affect the one in Google Drives?

    The reason I ask is because whatever changes I make in Google Drives, it updates the Microsoft Word document and vice versa. If thats the case.... if the original is gone, does that mean I lose the copy??? :superthink:
     
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    Well if your opening the file in Google Drive, it's directly changing the word version and saving. You need to save drafts under different file names or you'll lose them. You can revert back to the beginning of a session of changes, but once you saved it, it's the official version.
     
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    It depends on what you mean.

    If you write the draft in Word and then transfer it to Docs, they will be two separate copies, the original document and the copy in Docs. If you somehow corrupt the local version, you can download the Docs version and have a backed-up copy that is untouched from the corruption.

    If you have it set up that Word doesn't save locally to your computer and instead saves directly to Google Docs, then yes, corrupting it in Word could corrupt your Docs. I'm not sure, though. Word should have backups itself just in case, at least mine does.
     
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    J.T. Woody Amateur Human Contributor

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    A while back (after my computer crashed in college and i lost my research papers), campus IT installed Google Drives and told me to copy all remaining word docs into that drive.
    Fast forward to now: I have a word document that I dragged and dropped into my google drives. I thought it was just a copy (whatever edits i made, i thought it would only be made in the Google Doc version). I havent touch the Word version of it in over a year. Recently, as I sorting through my Word documents on my desktop, I noticed that that Word document was being updated whenever i worked on the Google Drives one that i would open and edit as a Google Doc. The original Word document started off as like 3 pages before I transferred it to my Drives. Now its 105 pages and the word doc on my desktop is now 105 pages.

    I was thinking, had i deleted the original word document (thinking that i had a copy saved in my drives) would that have deleted the one in my drives?
     
  5. scrissle

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    Deleting it from your computer would not delete your Drive copy. Backups are designed specifically to avoid slip ups like that. :)
     
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