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

Choose "Download."
Michael Michael (175)

If you're needing to share your Google Doc with someone who is using Word, then you'll need to convert it. 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.

Note: It's a similar process for saving a Google Doc as a PDF.

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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.

Can it be converted back?

Sure! If you need to save a Word document as a Google Doc, then we have a separate guide for that.

Convert your Word Doc to a Google Doc...
Michael Michael (175)

Many people choose to convert a Word file because it's much easier to share it in Google Docs. To save a Word document as a Google Doc, it must first be converted via Google Drive.