Why should you make Google Docs the application that will open your documents? Well, if you are like me, and not doing so much work with documents, spreadsheets or presentations it is no need to have some hundreds MB hardisk space filled with a application that you will run rarely. On the other hand, if you are working daily with documents, Google Docs can save you some time letting you easily share your work. The best thing is that you don't need to install anything and you can access Google Docs from anywhere by simply pointing the web browser to http://docs.google.com
Now lets get to the point of this post and tell you that these steps are for FireFox users and take less then 5 minutes to complete.
Ok, first, lets make Google Docs work offline. Click the offline link in the upper right corner of your Google Docs page. A dialog box will pop-up where you will be prompted to get Gears extension for your browser or, if you already have Gears installed, to enable offline access for Google Docs.
Now that we have also offline access to Google Docs lets call for some help that will set for us Google Docs as the default office suite. Lets get the Google Toolbar for FireFox, probably the best toolbar that any browser must have.
Now you can check what types of files Google Docs will open. Click on the Settings button from the right side of the toolbar then, click Options... In this window, make sure that the Docs & Spreadsheeds checkbox is marked then click on the File Settings... button. From the File Settings window you can chose witch file types do you want to open with Google Docs and witch methods you want to use for opening files.
Untill next time, boost your life and internet activity