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I have a published Google Doc on my site and I want users to have the option to download the file as a PDF. It's not important if the link will be within the HTML page or on my site.

This question is old, and not answering my question.

Here is another question form the StackOverflow site, but I’m not sure how I can use it, since I need to have that on the HTML/within the Google doc page, and I can't edit the server pages there.

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The user's system/preferences decide how to handle a PDF file. Short of providing a file type that a browser cannot open (like a zip), there is no way to force a link to a PDF to download versus opening in the browser. – phantom42 Jul 9 '13 at 14:32
@phantom42 I know. I need a link to the PDF. Using instructions, the user will either have to 'right click' save, or view/print from the browser. currently, I only able to get html format - not good for my needs. – Saariko Jul 10 '13 at 7:04

This question was almost already answered here.

To export the document as a PDF, the correct URL is https://docs.google.com/uc?export=pdf&id=YourIndividualID

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This worked for a ZIP, JPG file - and others that are stroed as files. I need it to work for a google doc. and export as PDF – Saariko Jul 10 '13 at 7:18

For example: docs.google.com/document/d/[FILE_ID]/export?format=pdf

e.g.: docs.google.com/document/d/1-KPW5iiNsmRiloTPMJ6DgQ2tJ4s8UvFXnA_fN1j9Jvk/export?format=pdf


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File > Download As > PDF Document (.pdf)

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