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Top 3 (Easiest) Ways | How to Save Google Doc as PDF in 2024

October 7, 2022
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March 14, 2024
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Google Docs is a free word processor, similar to Microsoft Word. It is free, powerful, and allows for collaboration and saving documents to Google Drive.

Google Docs is perfect for creating text documents for personal use, school, and in business. However, when sharing documents with others, PDF is usually the preferred final format.

This is because of how PDF preserves the formatting and contents of the document, ensuring that they are viewed correctly on almost any device.

It's a good idea to write your documents in Google Docs, then save the Google Doc as a PDF.

But how do we save Google Doc as PDF?

Fortunately, it's easy to save Google Docs as PDFs. We've gathered the easiest methods on the internet, and compiled them for you benefit.

Continue reading to learn tips and tricks about saving Google Docs as PDF, or use our table of contents to jump to the section that applies to you most!

What to Know Before You Start

  • You can download a Google Doc as a PDF using the File tab in Google Docs; File > Download > PDF Document (.pdf).
  • You can use the virtual printer to "print" the Google Doc as a PDF.
  • You can email the Google Doc as a PDF, allowing you to instantly convert and send your Google Doc as a PDF; File > Email > Email this file.

Why Save a Google Doc as a PDF?

While Google Docs makes it easy to create documents, PDF makes sharing these completed documents more convenient since PDFs can be opened and viewed on almost any device.

PDFs preserve the contents of the document, including all text, images, fonts, formatting, you name it.

When you save a Google Doc as a PDF file, you're guaranteed that your document will be viewed exactly the same way on the receiving device.

With PDF, what you see is what you get.

How to Save a Google Doc as a PDF

These are the easiest and most effective ways to save Google Docs as PDF files.

1. Download as PDF

1. Open Google Docs and open the document you want to save as a PDF.

2. Click File.

Google Docs File menu button highlighted.

3. Click Download > PDF Document (.pdf)

Google Docs Download as PDF option highlighted within the File context menu.

Your new PDF will be downloaded to your default Downloads folder.

2. Print to PDF

You can use the Print option in Google Docs to save your Google Doc as a PDF file.

1. Open the Google Docs document you want to save as a PDF.

2. Press [ctrl] + [p] ([command] + [p] for Mac users), or Click File > Print.

Google Docs File context menu. The Print option is highlighted.

3. Set the Destination to Save as PDF.

Google Docs Print settings window. The Destination field says "Save as PDF" and is highlighted.

4. Press Save.

Google Docs Print settings window with the Save button highlighted and has an orange arrow pointing at it.

5. Name and select a destination for your new PDF, then press Save.

Save As dialog box. The File name field is highlighted and says "Employee Evaluation Form PDF". The Save button is highlighted.

3. Email as a PDF

Google Docs has the ability to instantly convert and email a Google Doc as a PDF.

1 Open the Google Doc that you want to email as a PDF.

2. Click File.

Google Docs File menu button highlighted.

3. Click Email > Email this file.

Google Docs File context menu. "Email this file" option is highlighted and has mouse cursor on it.

4. Fill the fields with the necessary information.

5.Make sure that PDF is selected from the dropdown (if it isn't already), then press Send.

Google Docs'  "Email this file" context menu. The file type dropdown is highlighted and is selected as PDF. The Send button is highlighted.

How to Save a PDF Back to Google Drive

If you want to save your PDF in Google drive, simply drag your PDF file into Google Drive. This will automatically copy and upload your file to Google Drive, so you'll have both the Google Docs version, and the PDF version of your document.

  1. Open the folder where your PDF is located.
  2. In another window, go to Google Drive.
  3. Click-and-drag your PDF file into Google Drive. (Alternatively: you can press + New > File Upload > Open the PDF document.


Can I save a Google Doc as a PDF on a Chromebook?

Yes! With your Google Doc open: Go to File > Download > PDF Document (.pdf).

Can you save a Google Doc as a PDF in Google Drive?

Yes you can! From Google Drive: Open the Google Doc > File > Download > PDF Document (.pdf).

How to Email a Google Doc as a PDF on desktop?

First, download the Google Doc as a PDF (File > Download > PDF Document (.pdf)), then attach it to your email like you would any file.

How do I convert a Google Doc to a PDF?

Google Doc allows you to download your directly as a PDF. Steps: File > Download > PDF Document (.pdf). That's it!

Turn Your Google Docs into PDF — Online & Offline

We've covered the easiest ways to save a Google Doc as a PDF file, and we've even shown you how to save that new PDF in Google Drive.

However, Google Docs is mostly used as an online tool.

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Digital Marketing SpecialistArron Staradub
Arron is a Digital Marketer at PDF Pro, where he writes helpful and engaging articles for those that that use PDFs in their daily life. He has a knack for explaining concepts in an easily understandable way. He also loves reading and drinking too much coffee.

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