Google Docs is great, but sometimes you just need to download a Google Doc out of Google Docs and have it saved as a Word Document on your computer. And if you need to download a Google Doc as a Word Doc for any reason, in this article, that’s what I’m going to show you how to do.
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How To Download A Google Doc As A Word Document
To download a Google Doc as a Word Doc, all you need to do is open up your document in Google Docs just like you normally would. And then, click “File” in the menu across the top of the screen.
Now, in the menu that appears, hover over “Download”.
And then, in the smaller menu that appears next to that, click “Microsoft Word (.docx)”.
Now, your Google Doc will be converted into a Word Document, and it will automatically download to your computer.
It may take a second or two for it to download depending on things like the size of the document and the speed of your internet, but once it’s downloaded, you should find it in the Downloads folder on your computer.
And now it’s just like any other Word Document on your computer. So now you can move it to a different folder, rename it, email it to someone, transfer it to a flash drive, or do anything else you want.
And, if you double click on the document, it will open up in Microsoft Word and you’ll be able to view and edit it just like a normal Word Doc.
Because you’ve just downloaded this document from the internet, you will likely get a yellow warning message telling you to be careful. But because it’s your document that you’ve just downloaded from Google Docs, you know it won’t contain any viruses so it’s perfectly safe to click “Enable Editing”.
And that’s all there is to it! Your Google Doc is now downloaded to your computer as a Word Doc.
It’s worth keeping in mind that this is more accurately a copy of the document that’s saved to your computer as a Word Doc, so the document is still in Google Docs as well as being a Word Doc on your computer, and if you make edits in one of them, it won’t change the other.
But as long as you keep that in mind, you can now do whatever you want with your Word Document!