Download a file

You can download a file to your computer from Google Drive. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will download as converted .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx files. All other file types will download in their native format.

Download a file from Drive

Select a section below for instructions based on the device you’re using.

  1. Open Drive at
  2. Click the file you'd like to download. To select multiple files, hold down Shift or Ctrl (Command on a Mac) while clicking on multiple files.
  3. Right click and choose Download.

If the instructions above don't work, you may be using the old version of Google Drive. Follow these alternate instructions:

Alternate instructions for the old Drive
  1. Open Drive at
  2. Click the checkbox next to the file you'd like to download.
  3. At the top of the page, click More > Download.
  4. Select a file format for each item, such as Microsoft Word. If you select multiple items, they'll be compressed into a .zip file.
  5. Click Download.

Note: Dragging a file from Google Drive to your desktop won’t save a copy of the file to your computer.

  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch and hold each file you’d like to select.
  3. In the box that appears, touch the Download icon .

Note: At the moment, you can only download a file on a computer or Android phone or tablet.

Download a file from within the file itself

On a computer, you can download a file while you’re working on it.

  1. Open a file.
  2. Click the File menu.
  3. Select Download as.

Download formats

You can download files in the following formats:

  • Documents: HTML, RTF, DOCX, Open Office, PDF, Text file.
  • Spreadsheets: CSV, HTML, ODS, PDF, XLSX, TXT (only for a single sheet).
  • Presentations: PDF, PPTX, TXT.
  • Drawings: PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF.

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