Can Google Docs Save as DOCX?

While Google Docs is growing in popularity, you may still need to work with Microsoft Word. Fortunately Google Docs can save as DOCX. Use these steps to save a Google Docs file in the .docx file format.

  1. Open your Google Docs file.
  2. Click the File tab at the top-left.
  3. Choose Download, then Microsoft Word (.docx).

Our guide below continues with more information and pictures for these steps.

Google Docs is great for online collaboration because you can easily share a file with other Google users and edit the document together.

But you may need to submit the file for work or school in a specific file format, such as .docx.

The .docx file format is the default one used by newer versions of Microsoft Word. If you have a .docx file you can open and edit it in Microsoft Word.

Because Google Docs uses its own proprietary online format, you aren’t able to open the original file in Microsoft Word. However, you can easily download the Google Docs file in the .docx file format so that it is compatible with Word.

How to Save a Google Docs File as a DOCX File

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Edge.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open your Google Doc.

Step 2: Select the File tab at the top-left of the window.

click the File tab

Step 3: Choose the Download option, then click the Microsoft Word (.docx) file type.

can Google Docs save as docx

Depending on your browser settings, you may then be prompted to choose a file location. If not, then .docx version of the Google Doc will download to your default Downloads folder.

You will still have the original Google Docs file in your Google Drive. This method simply creates a copy of the file in the Microsoft Word file format.

See also newsletter

Disclaimer: Most of the pages on the internet include affiliate links, including some on this site.