Google Drive Converting and Printing Docs

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Google Drive

Converting and Printing Docs


Printing Google Docs
Whenever you create a file using Google Docs, that file will remain accessible to you any time you log in to Google Drive. However, there may be times when you want to download or print that file.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to convert and download files from Google Docs format. You'll also learn how to print Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations.

Converting Files from Google Docs Format

Sometimes, you may find that you have a need to download a file from your Google Drive. You may want to attach it to an email or open it in another application that allows for more formatting options (like Microsoft Word or Excel). Any file stored in it's original format can be downloaded and used right away. But when downloading a file in Google Docs format, Google Drive will need to convert it, or change it, into a formatted file like DOC, PDF, RTF, etc.
You will need to select the format that is most useful to you and your needs for the file. In this example, we will show you how to convert a Google Document file into a PDF file.

To Convert a Doc to a PDF File:

Converting a Google Document into an Adobe Acrobat Document, which is called a PDF file, can be especially useful when you no longer wish to make changes to it. A PDF file retains the document's original formatting, allowing someone else to view the file, but not make any changes. This might also be helpful when attaching a document to an email or posting it as downloadable link on a website.
  1. Click to open the file that you want to convert. 
    Screenshot of Google DriveClicking a selected file to open it
  2. Locate and select the File drop-down menu.
  3. Hover the mouse over the Download as option and select your desired conversion format from the drop-down menu. Here, we will select PDF.
    Screenshot of Google DriveSelecting a format to convert the doc
  4. The file will convert and download. When finished, the Downloads dialog box will appear. Double-click to open the file.
    Screenshot of Google DriveOpening a downloaded PDF file

To Convert Multiple Docs to PDF Files:

If you do not need to choose a specific file type for individual files, Google Drive makes it easy to download and convert several files at once. The files will then download to your computer as zipped, or compressed, files. Here, we will convert multiple document files into PDF files.
  1. Select the box next to each file you will convert. In this example, we will select two documents and one presentation.
    Screenshot of Google DriveClicking multiple docs to convert
  2. Click the More button and then select Download... from the drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of Google DriveSelecting Download...
  3. The Convert and Download dialog box will appear. Each type of file selected will be placed into groups. In our example, the two documents we selected were placed into the first group, and the presentation was placed into the second group.
  4. Select a conversion format for each group. In our example, we will choose PDF for both groups.
  5. Click Download to begin converting and downloading the files.
    Screenshot of Google DriveMaking selections in the Convert and Download dialog box
  6. Google Docs will convert and zip (compress) your files and download them to your computer. The Zipping Files dialog box will appear briefly and then disappear when the files begin to zip.
    Screenshot of Google DriveZipping selected files
  7. When zipping has finished, the Zipping Complete dialog box will appear. Click Close to continue. The zipped files will continue downloading automatically.
    Screenshot of Google DriveClosing the Zipping Complete confirmation
  8. When the files have finished downloading, a dialog box will appear at the bottom of the window. Click Open.
    Screenshot of Google DriveOpening downloaded documents
The Open Documents dialog box will appear. Double-click a file to open it on your computer.
Screenshot of Google DriveSelecting a file to open

Printing Google Docs

If you are creating and editing files in Google Docs format, you can also print those files directly from your browser. Printing from Google Drive should feel familiar if you have ever printed a file using Microsoft Office. Google Drive offers a print preview option, which allows you to see how the file will appear on the page before printing. You can also change the printer settings to modify the page layout and formatting before sending the file to the printer.
There are several ways to print a file:
  • Clicking the Print  button .
  • Using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P (Windows users) or Command+P (Mac Users).
  • Clicking the File drop-down menu and selecting Print.
Screenshot of Google DriveSelecting Print
Print preview will vary depending upon which type of Google Doc you are viewing. Sometimes it is available as a menu option, other times it is shown in the Print dialog box.

Printing Google Documents

When printing a Google Document, you will download it to your computer as a PDF file. You will then need toopen the PDF file to print it.

To Print a Google Document:

  1. Locate and select the Google Document that you want to print.
    Screenshot of Google DriveOpening a Google document
  2. The Google Document will open in a new tab in your browser.
  3. Click the Print button. Google Drive will automatically download a PDF file of the document to your computer.
    Screenshot of Google DriveClicking the Print button
  4. When the download is complete, the Downloads dialog box will appear.
  5. Double-click to open the PDF file.
    Screenshot of Google DriveOpening the PDF file
  6. Navigate to the File drop-down menu and select Print  to open the Print dialog box.
    Screenshot of Google DriveSelecting Print from the PDF File drop-down menu
  7. In the Print dialog box, set your print options for number of copiespage sizeorientation, and more.
  8. Click Print to send the PDF file to the printer.
    Screenshot of Google DriveSelecting printer options
If you use Google Chrome as your internet browser, the process will be slightly different. Clicking Print will make a Print dialog box appear rather than a PDF file to download.
Screenshot of Google DocumentsViewing the Print dialog box in Google Chrome

Printing Google Spreadsheets

When printing Google Spreadsheets, the process will be slightly different from printing Google Documents. You will not download a PDF file. Instead, you will select your print settings and then a print preview of your document will appear in the Print dialog box.

To Print a Google Spreadsheet:

  1. Select and click the Google Spreadsheet that you would like to print.
    Screenshot of Google DocsOpening a Google Spreadsheet
  2. Click the Print button.
    Screenshot of Google DocsClicking the Print button
  3. The Print Settings dialog box will appear.
  4. Select the Options you will use to print the spreadsheet:
    • Choose the sheets you wish to print. If your spreadsheet has multiple sheets, you may choose to print only the current sheet, all of the sheets, or only a highlighted selection from a sheet.
    • Select other options to appear on the printed copy like gridlines, the title, and page numbers.
    • Choose the desired Layout for the printed copy like Fit to widthActual sizePortrait, orLandscape. If you have many columns you may wish to print on a single page using Landscape orientation.
  5. Click OK to continue. 
    Screenshot of Google DocsThe Print Settings dialog box
  6. The Print dialog box will appear with a preview of your spreadsheet. Select the number of Copies you will print, and then click Print to print the spreadsheet.
    Screenshot of Google DocsPrinting from the Print dialog box

Printing Google Presentations

Printing Google Presentations will require you to select the number of slides you would like to print on each page. You will also need to choose whether or not to leave room for the speaker's notes. Once you have made your selections, Google Drive will automatically download a PDF file to your computer for preview and printing.

To Print a Google Presentation:

  1. Select and open the Google Presentation that you would like to print.
    Screenshot of Google DocsOpening a Google Presentation
  2. Click the Print button.
    Screenshot of Google DocsClicking the Print button
  3. The Print Preview dialog box will appear. Set the print options you would like to use for printing the presentation:
    • In the Layout drop-down box, select the number of slides to print on each page.
    • Deselecting Show background will display a white background on your printed copy.
    • Selecting Speaker notes will add space next to each slide on the copy, and it will also adjust the number of slides that are able to be printed on each page. You may need to go back to the Layout drop-down box to change the number of slides you would like to show on each page.
  4. Click Print to continue.

    Screenshot of Google DocsSelecting options in the Print Preview dialog box
  5. Google Docs will automatically download a PDF file of the presentation. When the download is complete, theDownloads dialog box will appear.
  6. Double-click to open the PDF file.
    Screenshot of Google DocsOpening the downloaded PDF file
  7. Preview the presentation and then click the Print button to print.
    Screenshot of Google DocsReviewing and printing the presentation



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