How to Save a Google Doc as a Word Doc (.docx)

Choose "Download."
Michael Michael (158)

You can't "save" your new file as a Word document; however, you "download" the Google Doc as a Word file and then save it. In this guide, we'll show you how to save a Word doc in Google Docs.

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save google doc file as Word document

To save a Google Doc as a Word Doc:

  • Go to File.
  • Select Download.
  • Choose Microsoft Word (.docx).

You will be prompted to either open the new Word document or save it to a location on your computer.

Google Doc opened in Word

You should be able to open and view your new Word file in Microsoft Word. You'll still have the original Google Doc saved in Google Docs, as well.

You may need to make some edits in the event that the formatting got messed up. Also, be sure to save your new Word file once you've edited it.

So you can keep track of any edits, comments and corrections.
Michael Michael (158)

The reason you're likely to have a hard time finding "track changes" in Google Docs is because Google Docs calls "track changes" Suggesting.