Google Docs is powerful enough to allow you to create files in addition to a simple Word document. With the help of Google Docs templates, you can create a resume, invoice, flyer, brochure, and more. You don't want to share such files in the default Google Docs file format when sharing.
You can easily share such Google Docs files in read-only PDF format. Here's how you can convert Google Docs files to PDF on desktop and phone.
It doesn't look professional when a Google Docs resume or brochure is shared as the default file format. Instead, you should send it as a PDF file for better printing. Google Docs offers a default tool for converting an existing file to PDF on desktop and mobile devices. Let's see it in action.
Convert Google Docs File to PDF on Desktop
In the following example, we have created a sales quote using a third-party Google Docs template. Before we send it to one of the clients, we will convert it to PDF. That's how.
Step 1: Visit Google Docs on the web.
Step 2: Open an existing Google document or create one from scratch.
Step 3: We have opened an existing sales quote template. Edit it with relevant details with article names, trade names, dates and more.
Step 4: After making all the changes, click File on the menu bar.
Step 5: Select Download from the File menu.
Step 6: Download the Google Docs file as a PDF document and it will be saved in the Downloads folder.
Now you can easily share PDF files via email, Slack, or Teams, whichever platform you prefer.
The ability to convert Google Docs files is not just limited to the web version. You can easily do it from the Google Docs mobile apps. Let's start with the Google Docs app for Android.
Google Docs app for Android
Google Docs comes by default on all Android phones. Unlike other apps, Google Docs uses a different user interface on both Android and iPhone. Follow the steps below to convert PDF to Google Docs.
Step 1: Open the Google Docs application on Android and select a file.
In the following example, we have created a software developer proposal in Google Docs on Android. Now we are going to convert it to a PDF file.
Step 2: Tap on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.
Step 3: Select Share & Export and tap Save As.
Step 4: Choose the PDF format from the next menu and hit OK at the bottom.
Google Docs will convert the file to PDF format and save it to an Android phone. The PDF file is now ready to share with others.
Google Docs app on iPhone
If it is iPhone, the steps differ slightly from Android. Here's how you can create PDF file from Google Docs file on iPhone.
Step 1: Launch the Google Docs application on iPhone.
Step 2: Select a file you want to convert to PDF on iPhone.
Step 3: Make changes and tap on the More menu at the top.
Step 4: Select Share and Export.
Step 5: Tap Send a copy in the next menu.
Step 6: Choose the PDF format and hit OK at the bottom.
Google Docs will convert the document to PDF and open the sharing menu. You can share the file directly with other people or save it to the Files app on your iPhone.
Edit PDF files before sharing
Made a typo or want to make some last minute changes to the PDF file? You cannot edit PDF files in Google Docs. You can always convert a PDF file to a Word file and open it in Google Docs for modifications. But it is time consuming and not a viable solution.
You can opt for a PDF editor on Mac or Windows to make the necessary changes. For the Mac platform, we recommend the PDFexpert application. It is built natively for the Mac platform, has tons of editing features, and also allows you to sign a PDF file.
Send Google Docs file as PDF
Google Docs has a built-in PDF conversion tool on desktop computers and mobile devices. It is useful in certain types of documents. Go ahead and convert Google Docs file to PDF and start sharing it with others.
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