How to convert a Google Doc to a PDF on your Mac or PC

Crystal Cox/Business InsiderConverting a Google Doc to a PDF only takes a few steps.


Whether you’re signing a contract, finishing an essay for school, or sending off a work report, what file your document needs to be in will vary depending on the occasion. While most times, a Google Doc or Word doc are acceptable, other times you’ll want or need a PDF.

PDF files are not only universally compatible and more portable than other file types, they’re also more secure as they can be password protected and aren’t as easily edited.

If you’ve created a Google Doc and want to convert it to PDF, doing so is quick and easy and only takes a few seconds. Here’s how to do it.

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How to convert a Google Doc to PDF

1. Go to the Google Docs website on your Mac or PC and ensure you’re logged into your Google account.

2. Click on the document you wish to convert to open it.

3. In the upper-left hand corner of the screen, click on “File.”

How to convert Google Doc to PDFJennifer Still/Business InsiderClick ‘Download’ from the list next.

4. Scroll down to the “Download” menu, then from the file types listed click on “PDF Document (.pdf).”

How to convert Google Doc to PDFJennifer Still/Business InsiderSelect ‘PDF Document (.pdf)’ from the list.

5. Your PDF document will then be downloaded to the default download location on your computer and be ready to use.

It should be noted that should you lose your original Google Doc, but want to edit your PDF, you can always re-upload it to your Google Drive and convert it back to Google Doc format simply by opening it in Google Docs.

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