Sync Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to your computer

If you’ve installed Google Drive for your Mac/PC, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides that you’ve created will automatically sync to the Google Drive folder on your computer.

Note that dragging a file from the Google Drive on your computer to your desktop won’t move the file or save a copy of the file to your computer.

How Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides appear on your computer

Links to your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will be stored in the Google Drive folder on your computer. Each file type has its own extension:

  • Google Docs: filename.gdoc
  • Google Sheets or Forms: filename.gsheet
  • Google Slides: filename.gslides
  • Google drawings: filename.gdraw

When you open Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drawing, it’ll launch in a new tab or window in your default browser as long as you have an Internet connection.

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