.GDOC File Extension

.GDOC File Extension

File Type

Google Docs Shortcut

Developer Google
3.8  |  121 Votes
Category Text Files
Format Text

What is a GDOC file?

A GDOC file is a shortcut used to open a Google Docs document stored within Google Drive. The file contains a reference to the document it opens, as well as the Gmail account used to create the document. GDOC files are created by Backup and Sync from Google.

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GDOC file open in GitHub Atom

Backup and Sync from Google is a program that allows Google Drive users to back up and open their Google Drive files on Windows and Mac PCs. While Backup and Sync stores actual backups of some types of files (such as .JPG and .DOCX files) on users' computers, it does not store copies of files created using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other Google Workspace applications. Instead, Backup and Sync stores shortcut files that, when double-clicked, open the associated file in the web version of the correct Google Workspace application.

GDOC files are Backup and Sync shortcuts that open Google Docs documents. When a Backup and Sync user double-clicks a GDOC file, the related document opens in Google Docs, provided the user is signed in to a Gmail account allowed to access the document. Each GDOC file is a JSON file that contains a document's URL and document ID, as well as the name of the Gmail account used to create the document.

How do I open a GDOC file?

If you have Backup and Sync from Google installed on your PC, or you are using a Chrome OS device, you can double-click a GDOC file to open the document it references in Google Docs. You may have to sign in to your Gmail account or request access to the document to open it.

If necessary, you can also open a GDOC file in any text editor to view the URL, document ID, and Gmail account information it contains. You may want to do this, for example, if you are having trouble using your GDOC file to open a document in Google Docs. If double-clicking your GDOC file does not open a document, you can try copying and pasting your file's URL into your web browser to access your document.

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Programs that open GDOC files

Chrome OS
Included with OS
Updated March 1, 2021

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