When you have a Google Docs file in your Google Drive (such as a Google Docs newsletter) you are able to open that file in a Web browser from any computer (or a mobile device) with an Internet connection. This makes it easy to edit the file whenever you need to, while also making it easy to share that file with other Google users.
But if you need a copy of that file that you can use in Microsoft Word, then you will need to convert that file to the Microsoft Word format. This can be done directly within Google Docs, but you can also use a convenient download option from the Google Drive interface to get a Word copy of that file on your computer even faster.
You can then go to your downloads history and see that file so that you can attach it to an email or back it up to online cloud storage.
How to Download Google Docs for Microsoft Word
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop Web browsers like Firefox or Edge.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com.
Step 2: Locate the Google Docs file that you wish to download as a Microsoft Word file.
Step 3: Right-click the desired file, then choose the Download option.
Depending on your browser settings you may need to choose a location where you wish to save the downloaded file, otherwise the file will simply download to the default download location.
You can also download a PDF copy of your Google Docs file, if you wish, although that needs to be done from within the document while it’s open.
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