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AI tools like ChatGPT can analyze and summarize text, helping you gather insights quickly. This process can speed up your workflow and help you get more done—but how does it work?

In this article, we’ll explain how to upload a Word document or PDF to ChatGPT and what it can help you achieve.

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    How to Upload a Word Document or PDF to ChatGPT

    Unfortunately, as of the April 2023 update, ChatGPT does not directly support uploading or processing documents in formats like .docx or PDF. However, you can work around this problem in several ways to get insights or summaries from your documents using ChatGPT.

    1. Upload a Word Document or PDF Using Third-Party Tools

    There are a number of third-party tools and services that can extract text from documents and prepare it for analysis with AI models like ChatGPT.

    One free example is the ChatGPT File Uploader Extended, a ChatGPT Chrome extension that lets you upload documents in several formats, passing on the text to ChatGPT in small pieces. Once finished, ChatGPT provides a text summary, and you can ask questions about the content.

    Here’s how to use ChatGPT File Uploader Extended:

    1. Install ChatGPT File Uploader Extended from the Chrome Web Store.
    2. Load the ChatGPT website and press Submit File – this is the button added by the extension.
    Select Submit File
    1. Choose the document you want to upload. It supports the following extensions: TXT, JS, PY, HTML, CSS, JSON, CSV, MD, TS, TSX, JSX, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, and ZIP.
    Choose the document you want to upload
    1. Wait for ChatGPT to process the document. You’ll know it’s finished when it writes you a file summary.
    Wait for the summary to appear
    1. Ask any question you want to get more insights from the document.
    Ask ChatGPT questions about the file

    If you’re a developer comfortable with coding, OpenAI also includes an API that can be integrated into your apps to process text automatically. This enables you to write scripts using a code language like Python that extracts text from documents, allowing OpenAI to process and analyze it in chunks.

    Note: Make sure to carefully read the privacy policy of any third-party application, and remember that this app, as well as ChatGPT, will have access to the content of the files you upload.

    2. Use ChatGPT Plus Add-Ons

    If you have a ChatGPT Plus subscription, you can use ChatGPT Plugins (currently in beta access) to analyze your documents. Here’s how:

    1. Open the ChatGPT website.
    2. Select the GPT-4 model.
    Select GPT-4
    1. Tick the checkbox beside Plugins Beta.
    Choose Plugins
    1. Select Plugin store.
    Select the Plugin Store
    1. Find AskYourPDF, a plugin that lets ChatGPT read and analyze PDF documents.
    Install AskYourPDF
    1. Enable AskYourPDF by ticking the box.
    Enable AskYourPDF
    1. Open askyourpdf.com and upload your PDF. Once completed, you’ll get a Document ID.
    Upload your file to AskYourPDF.com to get a document ID
    1. Go back to ChatGPT and paste the Document ID into the chat. ChatGPT will identify your document and answer any of your questions regarding it.

    Get the Most Out of ChatGPT

    The possibilities of AI are endless, and new features are being added to assistants like ChatGPT every day. By uploading your documents, you can have ChatGPT summarize and analyze any text, giving you insights much quicker than if you were to read it yourself.