How to Download from Google Docs as a Microsoft Word File


Google Docs is gaining a lot of popularity as an affordable word-processing solution. Many people have Google accounts, and the ability to use a powerful application like Google Docs, for free, is very appealing.

But Microsoft Word is still very popular, despite the fact that the desktop version requires a subscription or a one-time purchase fee. So if you use Google Docs primarily and don’t have Microsoft Word, but you have a teacher or employer that is requiring files to be created in that format, you might be wondering what to do. Fortunately Google Docs is able to convert and create a version of your document in the .docx file format for Microsoft Word.

 

How to Save a Google Doc In the Word .docx File Format

The steps in this article are going to show you how to save your Google Docs document in the .docx file format that is compatible with Microsoft Word 2007 and newer. Microsoft Word 2003 will not be able to open these files unless the compatibility pack has been installed. You can download the compatibility pack from Microsoft here.

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and open the file that you would like to download for Microsoft Word.

 

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top of the window.

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Step 3: Click Download as, then select the Microsoft Word option.

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You will then be able to open the downloaded .docx file that Google Docs generates.

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If Microsoft Word is installed and is set as the default program for .docx files, then double-clicking the file should open it in Word. If Word is installed and not the default, then you can read this article on changing the default program for certain file types.

 

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