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

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What is suggested is exporting your comments as a .doc file (then converting to .pdf perhaps ?) which apparently retains the comments.

Hope this helps.

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    Yes did a test. Downloaded the Gdoc as Word and the comments are all there. – user17578 Feb 23 '12 at 9:10
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    This was answered 8 years ago. Is this still current information? – 0112 Oct 24 '18 at 18:54
  • This was answered 10 years ago. Is this still current information? – Still.Tony Feb 19 at 23:55

You can do this as follows, in the Google Document click File > Download As > Web page.

Then, open the downloaded file with any browser, print that. At the bottom of the document you will have all the comments.

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Downloading as Word doc didn't work for me, but I was able to do it by downloading as a webpage and that worked perfectly.

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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

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Generated pdf screenshot

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Comment in comment box

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You could use this Chrome extension to take a multi-page screenshot of the document and print that capture:

Full Page Screen Capture https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/full-page-screen-capture/fdpohaocaechififmbbbbbknoalclacl/related?hl=en

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You can download the Google Doc as a .docx and, in Microsoft Office Word, save the .docx file as a PDF. You will have comments in the margin of the PDF file.

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You can export as .doc and then from Microsoft Word you can:

  1. Go to the File tab and click on "Print"
  2. Click on arrow next to "Print All Pages" under Settings
  3. Click on "Print Markup" (set as checked if you want comments, uncheched if you want to hide them)

Unchek Print Markup

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If you have access to Microsoft Word, you can create a PDF of your Google doc with comments in the margins:

  1. Open your Google doc.
  2. Click File, select Download, and then select Microsoft Word (.docx).
  3. Browse to the downloaded Word doc.
  4. 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.)
  5. Click the File tab, and then click Print.
  6. On the Printer drop-down menu, click Microsoft Print to PDF.
  7. Click Print.
  8. 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.

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You can use the Chrome extension Google document with comments printer by Deemwar to print a Google document with comments.

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