- Yes, with Google Docs you can do that too.
- What are the benefits of using a PDF file?
- When do I want to use PDF?
- 3 Ways to Create PDF Files in Google Docs
- Save Google Doc to PDF file by downloading
- Send a Google Doc as a PDF attachment via email
- Convert and save Google Doc to PDF in Google Drive
- More options for saving PDFs from Google Docs
Yes, with Google Docs you can do that too.
Google Docs is a powerful file sharing and collaboration tool. It supports a wide variety of file types, including documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and web pages. But did you know that you can also convert Google Doc to PDF file? You can, and it’s very easy to do.
Below is information about PDF files and how to save your Google Docs in this popular file format.
What are the benefits of using a PDF file?
PDF stands for Portable Document Format. The PDF file format was created by Adobe Systems in the early 1990s as a way to share files across any system without losing formatting.
Until then, sharing files between computers can be problematic. Your report may have a great font, but it should be changed to Times New Roman when the other person opens your file.
This will not happen with PDF. When someone opens your PDF, it will look exactly the same as when you saved it. The fonts are the same, the text sizes are the same and nothing changes. Formatting is locked into your document, preventing unwanted changes.
But that is not everything:
You can add a variety of visual elements to a PDF file, including clip art, digital graphics, and photos.
PDF files use internal compression, which means they take up less space than other types of files. This makes them a good format for emailing, printing and uploading to the web.
PDFs look neat and professional and give documents that special touch when you want to make a good impression.
When do I want to use PDF?
Often you can use a PDF over a regular document. In addition to preserving your formatting, PDF files remove unnecessary and distracting elements from digital documents, such as margins or outlines. They look good printed.
PDF files are the perfect choice for:
Legal forms such as contracts, leases and bills of exchange
Invoices, resumes, cover letters and online portfolios
Downloadable content such as e-books or white papers
School projects and research work
3 Ways to Create PDF Files in Google Docs
If you’re ready to learn how to save a Google Doc as a PDF, skip to the next sections. There are several ways to do this, including: loading † send by email or using the method print workaround to save PDF files directly to Google Drive.
Save Google Doc to PDF file by downloading
If you haven’t already, sign in to your Google Docs account and open the document you want to convert to PDF.
From your Google Doc go to File † Download as † PDF document (.pdf) †
Check your computer’s download folder for the PDF you just created. You can open the downloaded PDF here.
Send a Google Doc as a PDF attachment via email
If you haven’t already, sign in to your Google Docs account and open the document you want to email as a PDF attachment.
From your Google Doc, go to the page File † Send as email attachment †
In the pop-up box, enter the recipient’s email address in the section: To who † You can also add a message for the recipient and/or send a copy of the email to yourself.
Click send and you’re done. The recipient will receive the PDF as an email attachment, which they can download.
Convert and save Google Doc to PDF in Google Drive
Sometimes you may not want to upload or email your PDF. You may just want to save the PDF to your Google Drive or share it with other people. In this case, you can use the following quick fix.
From your Google Doc go to File † seal †
In the dialog box seal where indicated Destination select Save to Google Drive and press Save †
The PDF should now be saved to your Google Drive. You can watch or share it directly from this location.
More options for saving PDFs from Google Docs
In addition to these methods of saving Google Doc as PDF, you can also install third-party software such as DriveConverter, which allows you to download Google files in various formats, including PDF, jpg, and mp3.