How to Download a Google Doc as a Word File

Microsoft Word and Google Docs are perhaps the two most common ways to create a document.

Fortunately both of these applications provide ways for you to work with a document from the other application.

If you are a Google Docs user and you need to create a version of your document that it compatible with Microsoft Word, then you can do so by downloading a copy of the Google Doc in the .docx file format.

Our guide below will show you how to accomplish this using a simple method that is accessible within Google Docs by default.

How to Download as a Word File from Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will work in most other desktop versions of Web browsers as well.

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

Step 2: Click File at the top of the window.

Step 3: Choose the Download option.

Step 4: Select Microsoft Word (.docx) from the list of options.

The Word version of your Google Doc will then download to your computer. Depending on your settings you may be prompted to select a location. Otherwise it will download to your browser’s default download location.