Google Docs is one of the most popular document-editing and creation tools around.
It provides many of the same features that you would find in other paid document applications, but it’s available for free to anyone with a Google Account.
One of the drawbacks to Google Docs, however, is that it uses its own file type when you create new documents. This isn’t a problem if you want to print the document or share it with other Google users, but it does present an issue when you need the file in a different format.
Luckily Google Docs gives you the ability to download your documents in a variety of different formats.
Our guide below will show you how to save a Google Doc as a PDF that you can then share or edit in the same way that you would any other PDF file.
How to Save a Google Doc as a PDF File
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop Web browsers like Firefox or Safari.
Step 1: Open your document in Google Docs.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left of the window.
Step 3: Choose the Download option, then click PDF Document.
The file will then download to your computer.
Note that there are a handful of other options you can choose from as well, including Microsoft Word, Plain text, and more.
The PDF document that you download is a separate file from the Google Docs file saved in your Google Drive. Any changes made to the PDF file, or to the Google Docs file, will not be reflected in the other version of the file once it has been downloaded.