Collaborative Creations: Visio for Google Docs Users.

Discover the simplicity of diagramming with Visio for Google – your key to effortless collaboration. Learn how to integrate Visio for streamlined visual communication.


Diagramming and visualization tools have become essential in many businesses and organizations today. With remote work on the rise, there is a growing need for cloud-based diagramming solutions that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. One popular on-premises diagramming software is Microsoft Visio, which allows users to create a wide variety of diagrams like flowcharts, network diagrams, org charts, floor plans, and more.

However, Visio files require the desktop application to view and edit. This article explores Visio's capabilities on Google's cloud platform and the best Visio alternatives for seamless diagramming in the cloud.

In this article
  1. Overview of Visio for Google
  2. How to Use Google Visio Online File Viewer
  3. Which is the Best Alternative to Visio for Google Workspace?
  4. Creating a Flowchart Using EdrawMax
  5. Conclusion

Part 1. Overview of Visio for Google

While there is no dedicated Visio web app that runs natively on Google Workspace, there are a few ways to work with Visio files on Google Drive and Docs. The Visio Viewer allows users to view Visio drawings and diagrams directly within Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. It renders the Visio file as an image that can be displayed but not edited. The add-on works for VSD, VSDX, and VSS file formats.

Users can also convert Visio files to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides format, enabling basic editing. However, complex Visio diagrams with multiple layers do not convert well and it is not possible to convert Google files back to Visio format. Overall, Google's built-in integration with Visio files is limited to view-only capabilities with no support for editing or creation of new diagrams.

Part 2. How to Use Google Visio Online File Viewer

visio in Google Drive

The Visio online viewer is particularly useful when you receive a Visio file but don't have the full Visio software installed. It enables you to open and interact with Visio diagrams directly in a web browser, making it more convenient for users who only need to view or review the content rather than edit the diagrams.

Here are the steps to view a Visio file in Google Drive using the Visio viewer:

  1. Upload the Visio file (VSD, VSDX or VSS) to Google Drive.
  2. Open the Visio file in Drive. It will render the file as an image that can be zoomed and panned but not edited.
  3. Click on the "Open With" button and choose "Visio Viewer".
  4. The Visio diagram will open in a new tab maintaining all layers and objects.
  5. Use the zoom controls and move around the diagram as required.
  6. Copy any part of the diagram using screenshots or a snipping tool to share or embed in documents.

The Visio viewer gives a quick preview of the overall diagram but editing capabilities are not possible within Google Drive.

Part 3. Which is the Best Alternative to Visio for Google Workspace?

There is no fully integrated Visio experience available yet on Google Workspace. Microsoft has not created a web-based version of Visio that runs on Google Cloud Platform. The Visio viewer offers only limited functionality for viewing Visio files. However, Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 integration allow easy access to Visio files stored on OneDrive from within Google Docs.

However, users can:

  • Connect your OneDrive account to Google Workspace.
  • Open any Visio file from OneDrive directly within Docs.
  • Co-edit Visio diagrams simultaneously with others.

This streamlines cross-platform collaboration between Google and Microsoft tools. However native creation and editing of Visio-type diagrams is still not possible within Google Workspace.

EdrawMax is the top alternative to Visio that integrates tightly with Google Workspace enabling full-featured diagramming capabilities. Key reasons why EdrawMax is the best Visio replacement for Google are:

  • Browser-based app with native G Suite integration.
  • Diverse diagram types - flowcharts, org charts, network diagrams, floor plans, etc.
  • Eye-catching templates for all diagram types.
  • Easy to use drag-and-drop editor.
  • Real-time collaboration for simultaneous editing.
  • Export and convert files to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

With EdrawMax, users get the combined benefits of Visio-like powerful diagramming features directly within Google Workspace. It is easy to get started in minutes allowing teams to create, edit, and share diagrams in real time without needing any specialized software.

Part 4. Creating a Flowchart Using EdrawMax

Let's look at how to easily create a flowchart diagram on Google Workspace using EdrawMax:

Step 1: Download and install EdrawMax software on your PC. Open EdrawMax click on New Diagram and select Flowchart as the diagram type. Choose any flowchart template by industry or topic.

edrawmax interface

Step 2: Drag and drop flowchart symbols like process, decision, and connector from the left Tools panel.

flowchart in edrawmax

Step 3: Connect symbols using connector lines and arrange flow direction.

add connectors

Step 4: Customize symbols with color, size, text, and links. Align and distribute symbols for clean layouts.

format colors

Step 5: Share the flowchart with others for real-time collaboration so multiple people can edit simultaneously. Export the finished flowchart as an image or PDF. Or convert to Google Slides for further editing and presentation.

export and save

EdrawMax makes it very convenient to create professional flowcharts, network diagrams, floor plans, and more directly within Google Workspace itself. Its easy features and tight integration with Google Cloud apps make it the ideal Visio replacement for teams to diagram smarter in the cloud.


While Microsoft Visio itself is not available on Google Workspace, Visio files can be viewed using the Visio viewer add-on. However, for full diagram creation and editing capabilities, EdrawMax is the top Visio alternative available right within Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

With its wide array of diagrams, seamless collaboration, and connectivity with Google Drive, EdrawMax provides a complete diagramming toolkit on the cloud. Teams can jointly create engaging diagrams to visualize complex concepts, processes, workflows, and plans.

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Edraw Team
Edraw Team Jul 04, 24
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