Save a document

You never need to save a Google Doc because when you’re online, Docs will automatically save as you type. You can even have your work saved without an Internet connection if you set up offline access for your documents.

Save a copy of a document

At any point while editing, you have the option of downloading a copy of a document to your computer.

  1. Open the document.
  2. Click the File menu.
  3. Hover over Download as and choose one of the file types.
  4. The document will download to your computer using the selected file type.

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