Getting a PDF version of your Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides document is easy and free and can be done without any payments or subscriptions required! Just follow the steps below:

 

Limitation: you can only get a PDF version of editable documents inside Google Docs/Sheets/Slides because Google generates them automatically for your documents. But if you have your document as an uploaded file (RTF, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, CSV, JPG, PNG, etc) then you need to use a document processing platform like PDF.co to convert them.

How to Convert Google Docs to PDF for Free and Automatically

  1. Open your Google Docs document
  2. Click on Share and change to Anyone with the link 
  3. Now copy the link to the document, it will look like this:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/UNIQUE_DOCUMENT_ID/view
    


    where UNIQUE_DOCUMENT_IDis your document’s id

  4. Now you can create a link to the PDF version of your document, use your document id for that purpose and make the link like this:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/UNIQUE_DOCUMENT_ID/export?format=pdf
    


  5. Congrats! Now use this link from the previous step to access the latest PDF version of your document. You can share this link with others and re-use it in automation scenarios.


How to Convert Google Sheets to PDF for Free and Automatically

  1. Open your Google Sheets spreadsheet
  2. Click on Share and change to Anyone with the link 
  3. Now copy the link to the document, it will look like this:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/UNIQUE_SPREADSHEET_ID/view
    


    where UNIQUE_SPREADSHEET_IDis your spreadsheet id

  4. Now you can create a link to the PDF version of your document, use your spreadsheet id for that purpose and make a link like the following:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/UNIQUE_SPREADSHEET_ID/export?format=pdf

  5. Congrats! Now use this link from the previous step to access the latest PDF version of your spreadsheet! Share this link with others and re-use it in your automation scenarios.


How to Convert Google Slides to PDF for Free and Automatically

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation
  2. Click on Share and change to Anyone with the link 
  3. Now copy the link to the document, it will look like this:

    https://docs.google.com/slides/d/UNIQUE_PRESENTATION_ID/view
    


    where UNIQUE_PRESENTATION_IDis your document id

  4. Now create a link to the PDF version of your presentation. Use your presentation id for that purpose and make a link like this:

    https://docs.google.com/slides/d/UNIQUE_PRESENTATION_ID/export?format=pdf

  5. Congrats! Now use this link from the previous step to access the latest PDF version of your spreadsheet. You can also share this link with others and re-use it in your automation scenarios.


How to Convert Google Drive Files to PDF for Free and Automatically

  1. Open your Google Drive folder
  2. Open your document by clicking on it
  3. At the center click on Open With and select Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides if this file can be converted into them
  4. This will convert your document into a document for Google Docs
  5. Now follow the steps for Google Docs/ Sheets / Slides accordingly:
    1. How to convert Google Docs to PDF for free and automatically
    2. How to convert Google Sheets to PDF for free and automatically
    3. How to convert Google Slides to PDF for free and automatically

No subscription or a paid services are required to get a pdf version of Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides documents stored in Google Drive. All you need is to just create a link to the PDF version and you will be able to get the latest PDF from your document by accessing the same link again and again. It will be reflecting changes in this document, spreadsheet, or presentation. Supported file formats that Google can convert automatically to PDF are DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, JPG, PNG.

If you need to automatically read data from PDF then, unfortunately, this is not supported in free Google Docs but you can do it with PDF.co that includes a PDF document parser, pdf to text / JSON / XML extractor, and also can convert your PDF files to HTML. Check this page for more information.

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