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How to share links to your Google Docs as PDF



Using Google Docs is a great way to work on and share documents. But sometimes you want to give someone a PDF instead of an editable document. With Google Docs, you can now edit your sharing link to deliver a PDF document. When you edit the original document, the PDF link automatically includes any changes you made. Thats how it works.

Note: This process works for Google Docs and Google Sheets, but not for Google Slides.

Open the document you want to share. When you're there, click the "Share" button in the top right corner of the screen.

 Share Google Doc

In the Share With Me window, click the Get Shareeable link option at the top right corner.

 Get Shareable Link

You receive a message informing you that the link has been copied to your clipboard. You will also notice that the "Link Sharing" section has now been displayed in the window.

 Link sharing

If we share only Google Doc, this is the next step. Submit the link just copied. To send a link to a PDF version of the document, you'll need to edit the link a bit.

Open the messaging app that you use to send the message and paste the link.

If you inserted the link, you will find the entry "edit? Usp = sharing" at the end of the URL. This is the only part of the link you need to edit. If you make further edits, you will receive a broken link.

 usp sharing

Instead, replace "edit? Usp = sharing" with "export? Format = pdf". Your link should look like this.

 export pdf

Note: In the screenshots above, we used bold text to help identify the part of the URL that needed editing. Do not change this part to bold in your own URL. Otherwise there is a risk that the link will break off.

Now you just have to send it! Anyone clicking on the link automatically downloads the PDF version of Google Doc.


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