Opening GDOC files

Did your computer fail to open a GDOC file? We explain what GDOC files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your GDOC files.

What is a GDOC file?

The .gdoc file extension was developed by Google as a Web shortcut file format. These GDOC files point to documents that are in Google Drive, which is a cloud storage service provided by Google. A .gdoc file does not contain any other data aside from the encoded location of an associated document in Google Drive.

Each time a user saves a document in Google Drive through the Docs app, a GDOC file is created. These GDOC files are usually stored in a user's Google Drive folder, which is syncrhonized with the service. Upon clicking these .gdoc files, the user's default Web browser takes the user to the corresponding document. The user can then edit, delete or share the document.

These GDOC files are typically Web files, which are generated by the Google Docs app as Internet shortcuts. Recent versions of widely used Web browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer can be used to open these GDOC files.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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