How to download a Google Docs document

Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
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Documents created in Google Docs are saved and stored in the cloud and available to share with other people. Sometimes, there is a need to download or export a copy to a computer as a different format or file type. Google Docs allows users to download a document as a PDF (Portable Document Format) or text file, and Microsoft Word or web page format. To learn how to download a Google Docs document to your computer, follow the instructions below.

How to download a document from Google Docs

  1. Navigate to the Google Docs website and open the desired document.
  2. In the menu bar at the top of the page, click File (A).
  3. In the File menu, click Download (B).
  4. Select the file type (C) you want to download for the Google Docs document.

Download a Google Docs document as another file type.

  1. Retrieve the downloaded file from the Downloads folder on your computer.