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Create, view, or save a file

You can create, look at, and save documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Your files are then available to edit, share, and work on with others.

Create a file

  1. Open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Under “Start a new document,” “Start a new spreadsheet,” or “Start a new presentation,” click Create Add.

View a file

To view files that you’ve created or opened on any computer and other documents like Microsoft® Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files:

  1. Open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Click the document, spreadsheet, or presentation you want to view.

Note: If someone else is working on the file, you’ll see the changes they’re making.

Rename a file

When you create a new document, spreadsheet, or presentation, it will automatically be named “Untitled document,” “Untitled spreadsheet,” or “Untitled presentation.” To rename the file:

  1. Click the name at the top of the file.
  2. Type a new name.
  3. Press Enter.

Save a file

When you're online, your Google files will save as you type. You don’t need a save button.

If you aren't connected to the Internet, you can set up offline access to save your changes.

Note: On Google Sheets, you need to click outside of the cell you're typing in to save.

Make a copy of a file

  1. Open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Open the file you want to make a copy of.
  3. In the menu, click File and then Make a copy.
  4. Type a name and choose where to save it.
  5. Click Ok.

Download a copy of a file

  1. Open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Open a document, spreadsheet, or presentation.
  3. At the top, click File and then Download as.
  4. Choose a file type. The file will download onto your computer.


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