Print and print preview

Sometimes it's useful to have a hard copy of a Google document, like if you need to hand in a report to your manager or teacher.

Print in Chrome

When you print in Chrome, your Google document will print exactly as it appears in Google Docs. Because of this, there's no Print preview option. When your document is ready to print, follow these steps:

  1. From the document you'd like to print, select File > Print.
  2. A dialog box for your printer and print settings will open.
  3. When you’re ready, select the Print button.

Print preview and print in Firefox or Safari

To preview how your document looks before you print it, go to the File menu and select Print preview. This will generate a preview of what your document will look like when it's printed on paper. If you like what you see, move on to the following steps to print the document. Or, you can go back to editing.

To print a Google document in Firefox or Safari, follow these steps:

  1. From the document you'd like to print, select File > Print.
  2. A PDF file containing your document will automatically download. When the download completes, open the PDF file.
  3. In your PDF viewer, go to the File menu and select Print.
  4. A dialog box for your printer and print settings will open.
  5. Select the Print button.

You can also download a document to another file format, and then print that file. To download a document, follow these steps:

  1. From your document, to to the File menu and navigate to Download as...
  2. From the Download as... sub-menu, select the file format you’d like to download your document to.
  3. Find the downloaded file on your computer, and open it.
  4. Print the downloaded file.