I’m a huge fan of Google’s online suite of office software which includes document processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software and use it for everything I create.
However, sometimes I work with people who don’t want to use Google’s office software products or can’t use them because of work restrictions.
In most cases, they are using Microsoft Office instead, so I need to change my Google Docs document to a Microsoft Word document.
Luckily it is quite easy to do this – both on the Google Docs website and via the Google mobile app
Using the Google Docs website to convert a document
- Go to docs.google.com and sign into your Google account (if not already signed in)
- Open the document you wish to convert
- Click on File
- Click on Download As and select Microsoft Word.
The Google Docs document will be automatically downloaded to your computer as a .docx file, which can then be opened in Microsoft Word.
Using the Google Docs mobile app to convert a document
- Open the Google Docs mobile app.
- Tap on the document you wish to convert
- Tap on the menu (3 vertical dots on the top right)
- Tap on Share & export
- Tap on Save as…
- Tap on Ok (Microsoft Word is selected as the default export option).
The document will be saved in Drive as a .docx file which can be emailed to someone else or downloaded for use in Microsoft Word.
Shortcut to creating Microsoft Word documents from mobile app
The mobile app also provides a couple of shortcuts to create Microsoft Word documents if you find you need to create them often.
Rather than opening the document, simply tap on the menu (3 vertical dots on the bottom right of the card)
Then, tap on Save as Word (.docx)
You’ll now have a Word compatible version of your document in Google Drive that can be emailed to someone else or downloaded for use in Microsoft Word.
This shortcut allows you to actually create Word documents within Google Drive, rather than converting them from a Google Docs document.
- Open the Docs mobile app
- From the menu tap on Settings
- Tap on the slider next to Create Word files
Now, when you tap on the Create button in the Google Docs mobile app you’ll be given the option to create either a New Word file or a new Docs file.
What about if someone sends you a Microsoft Word document?
One of the reasons I like Google Docs so much is how smart it is – if someone sends me a Microsoft Word document which I want to view or even edit, then I simply open the document in Google Docs.
No need to fuss around with converting the document to Google Docs first!
What about my Google Drive storage? Do Microsoft Word documents affect that?
Good question! The short answer is a resounding YES.
Like all non-Google office software products, storing Microsoft Word documents in your Google Drive account will take up storage space.
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