Tencent Finally Launches Its Answer to Google Docs, Here's How to Use It

By Bridget O'Donnell, April 25, 2018

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Tencent has finally launched its long-awaited cloud-based document tool to rival Google Docs.

Tencent Docs (docs.qq.com) is its brand new free online document platform that allows for multi-person collaboration. There's also an app version for both iOS and Android, as well as a WeChat Mini Program, offering users the ability to easily edit, create or share documents from anywhere on the go. So, just like Google Docs.

Tencent CEO Pony Ma supposedly first floated around the product idea eight years ago, according to Beijing News. But the enterprise service project was put on the backburner while the Chinese tech giant worked on another game changer: WeChat

It wasn't until April 18 of this year that Tencent Docs was finally released to the public. But Tencent isn't the only Chinese company offering a collaborative document share platform, either. Main competitor Shimo received RMB100 million in another round of funding for its own online document tool the same week Tencent Docs launched.

Tencent Docs

Just like Google Docs, Tencent Docs offers a word processor and spreadsheet editor similar to Microsoft Word and Excel. (At the moment, there's no PPT-esque slideshow option). In fact, if you've ever used Google Docs, you'll notice Tencent's platform is virtually identical.

Google Doc vs. Tencent Doc

Google Doc vs. Tencent Doc

Google Sheet vs. Tencent Sheet
Google Sheet vs. Tencent Sheet

VPN problems making Google Docs load at a snail's pace? Can't keep track of all the changes your corporate team made between ProposalV2DraftFinalFINALReal.doc and and ProposalV2DraftFinalFINALReal-1.doc? Then Tencent Docs may be a great alternative for you.

Here are some of the major features of the desktop version to get you started. (Note: all versions of the platform are in Chinese for the time being. It's unknown if or when an English version will be available).

WeChat/QQ Login

To use the platform from your desktop, head over to docs.qq.com/desktop/ and either login with a QQ account or through the WeChat Mini Program. 

QQ Login

Scan the Mini Program circular QR code to login using WeChat.

WeChat Login

From there, you'll be taken to your dashboard. Click the blue button on the top right corner of the screen to create a blank document from scratch.

New Document

From the dropdown menu, select which type of document you'd like to create.

New Document

You'll then be taken to a menu where you can choose to use either a blank document or a fancy pre-made template.

Template

Template

Once you select your favorite template, you'll be taken to your new document page.

Tencent Doc

Standard Formatting Features

If you're accustomed to using Google Docs, MS Office or any other text editing software, then you'll probably find Tencent Doc's formatting buttons pretty straightforward. Different features are denoted with self-explanatory icons.

Text sizes, colors, fonts — it's all in there...

Comic Sans

... even Comic Sans.

Standard Spreadsheet Functions & Formulas

The only downside here is that the functions and formulas are in Chinese, but if you understand Excel basics then you shouldn't have too many problems.

Spreadsheet Functions

Editing, Viewing & Privacy Settings

You have several options for editing and viewing your documents. Tencent Docs allows you to choose who can edit and view each project. 

Whether you want multiple people to collaborate on the same spreadsheet or just to make your file read-only to the public, each document's privacy settings can be changed by clicking the 'Privacy' button on the top right corner of the screen.

Privacy

From there you can select from a range of options.

Privacy

Privacy editing options

Sharing Files to Other Users & Editing Files on Your Phone Through WeChat

Want to share your project with others? Simply tap the blue 'Share' button on the top right corner of your document page.

Share button

You'll be provided various quick-share options, including a direct link that you can copy-paste into emails. 

Share button

Select the WeChat icon to send directly to a user or group. You'll be prompted to scan a code on your phone, then select the individual chat or group you'd like to share the document to. 

Share
Tap that big green button.

From there, you'll be able to edit the document directly from your phone thanks to Tencent Docs being seamlessly integrated with WeChat Mini Programs.

Share

Downloading & Uploading Editable Files from Your Computer

Have a pre-edited Word Doc or Excel Spreadsheet that you'd like to upload to Tencent Docs? Select the 'Upload' button on the top right corner of the homescreen to upload your file.

Upload

Alternatively, you can upload a file directly from the document editing page by selecting the highlighted button:

Upload button

Simple Document Translation

A translate function lets you easily and instantly translate your documents. For now, only English and Chinese options appear to be available. Similar to Google Translate, you'll get a rough but mostly accurate translation. 

Access it by clicking the 'Translate' button on the top right part of the formatting bar.

Google Docs

Miscellaneous Features

Here are some other important Tencent Docs features to know about...

Open the File in WeChat

Click the smartphone icon in the top right corner of the screen and scan the provided QR code with your WeChat app.

Open in WeChat

Download Document As...

From the hamburger menu on the top right corner of the document page, you can choose to download your file as a .docx...

.doc

... or as a .url.

.url

Duplicate Document

Make a copy of your document by selecting this button:

Make a Copy

View Edit History

Track changes to the document by selecting this option:

View Edit History

Close File

Say zaijian to your file by clicking this button:

Close

Contact Support

(In Chinese only).

Contact Support

Watermark Your Document

Select the Watermark icon on the far right side of your formatting bar...

Watermark

And choose your options:

Tencent Docs

Stay tuned for more features!


This article was last updated on April 25, 2018.

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