Is there any way to get a Google Docs document to include its comments in the PDF file that it creates when you click the "print" button?
It doesn't appear possible at the moment;
Unfortunately you cannot print or export comments to PDF at this time
What is suggested is exporting your comments as a .doc file (then converting to .pdf perhaps ?) which apparently retains the comments.
Hope this helps.
I have tested this on linux machine. the work around is download it as an .odt document. Then open it in libreoffice and then export it as pdf. Since libreoffice is available for windows also so my guess is it will work for windows also.
After exporting it the comments is visible as an icon where you have commented. See screenshot below.
Google docs screenshot
Generated pdf screenshot
Comment in comment box
You could use this Chrome extension to take a multi-page screenshot of the document and print that capture:
If you have access to Microsoft Word, you can create a PDF of your Google doc with comments in the margins:
- Open your Google doc.
- Click File, select Download, and then select Microsoft Word (.docx).
- Browse to the downloaded Word doc.
- In Microsoft Word, click the Review tab, and then select the options in Tracking that display comments in the margins. (You can also set up the file to display revision marking as well.)
- Click the File tab, and then click Print.
- On the Printer drop-down menu, click Microsoft Print to PDF.
- Click Print.
- Follow the instructions for saving the file. (If PDF Document (.pdf) is not available under Save as type, you might need to select All files as the file type and then name your file with the .pdf extension.)
Your PDF should now display comments in the margins.
Unfortunately, Google Docs doesn't provide this capability natively, and the following answers all produce pdfs that have distinctively lacking qualities:
- Download as .docx, then using Word to print to pdf does not print comment author and times.
- Download as .odt, then using LibreOffice to print to pdf cuts off comment author names in the margins and has a low quality appearance.
- Reviews of the Chrome extension "Google document with comments printer" report that use of this extension can delete the comments (!)
A reliable and high quality pdf solution for those with access to macOS is to Download as .docx, then use Pages to View>Show Comments Pane (⇧⌘T), then File>Print…> Pages> Check "Print comments".
You can use the Chrome extension Google document with comments printer by Deemwar to print a Google document with comments.