by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 19, 2013)
Part of the beauty of Google Docs is that the document files are stored "in the cloud," which means you can edit them from anywhere you have an Internet connection and a Web browser. There are times, though, when you might want a "local copy" of a document. Fortunately, Google Drive allows you to download files—either a single file or multiple files—to your local computer. It even converts the documents into a number of other formats so you can use them with whatever software you have installed.
To download documents to your local computer, follow these steps:
Figure 1. Downloading files to your local computer.
When the processing of the documents is complete, Google starts downloading them to your computer. When downloaded, you can put the file on your desktop, double-click it (to open it), and then access any of the documents in the file.
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