While Google Docs is great for working on a document online, you might need to share it with someone who doesn’t use Google Drive. Luckily, it’s very easy to email or download files as PDFs or Word documents. 

Email a Google Doc as a PDF/Word doc:

  • Head up to the File menu > scroll down to the “Email as attachment” option.
  • In the Attach as” dropdown menu, you’ll see that it defaults to PDF, but you can easily change this to a .docx Word document file, plain text, or a few other options if you prefer as well.
  • Then just handle this like a regular email. Enter the person’s email address in the To field, give it a subject, and add a note if need be. You can also check the box at the bottom to send a copy to yourself.
  • Then hit Send, and the converted file will be emailed to your recipient.

Download a Google Doc as a PDF/Word doc:

  • Head back up to the File menu > choose the “Download as” item.
  • You can choose a PDF or Word document in order to download the file in that format – again, you also have a few other options if any of those are of use to you.

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