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Step by step guide:

1. In this tutorial we will show you how you can automatically convert your documents inside the Google Drive into PDF using PDF.co and Zapier.

Our sample document is a DOCX stored in the Google Drive inside the folder PDF.co. Other supported formats are CSV, XLS, HTML, DOC, XPS, RTF, Images, and Email.

Word Doc Inside Google Drive As Source File
Screenshot of the Source Word Doc in the Google Drive


IMPORTANT: if you need to convert Google Docs/Sheets/Slides documents (not files) to PDF, then you don’t need anything! Just need to modify your link, Click here for the turorial.

2. First, let’s set up the Google Drive trigger step. Kindly choose Google Drive as the App and New File in Folder as the Trigger Event.

Setup Google Drive Trigger Step

3. Next, let’s choose the Google Drive Folder PDF.co where all our documents to be converted are stored.

Choose The Google Drive Folder For Source Documents

4. Let’s test the trigger to make sure that it is set up correctly.

Test The Trigger To Make Sure That The Account Is Setup Correctly

5. Great! Google Drive found a New File in the PDF.co folder.

Trigger Test Successful

6. Now, let’s set up the PDF.co action step. Let’s choose PDF.co as the App and Anything to PDF Converter as the Action Event.

Setup Anything To PDF Converter As The Action Step

7. It’s time to configure the Anything to PDF Converter.

  • In the Input Type field, choose Link to rtf, doc, docx document.
  • In the Input field, select the Google Drive link called File.
  • In the Name field, enter your desired PDF file name.

Configure Anything To PDF Converter With Google Drive Data

8. We can now send the Anything to PDF Converter data to PDF.co to Test & Review.

Send Anything To PDF Converter To PDF.co To Test And Review

9. PDF.co returned a temporary URL to access the PDF file. Kindly copy and paste the URL to your browser to view the result.

Anything To PDF Converter Test Was A Success

10. Excellent! We have successfully converted the DOCX to PDF.

Converted Doc To PDF Result
Screenshot of Word Doc Converted into PDF

In this tutorial we learned how to set up the Google Drive trigger step to access the folder location where the files to be converted are stored. We also learned how to convert the Word document to PDF using the Anything to PDF Converter in PDF.co.

NOTE: You can set up the next step to save the generated file in Google Drive or Dropbox depending on your requirement.

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