I have several documents created using Google Docs. They are not plain text documents, but documents with images, tables, etc, etc.

How can I export this Google Document to my computer, such that I can import them back into Google Docs at a future date?

The only export options I see are .docx, .odt, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, and .html:

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However these options are lossy. My documents are not byte-for-byte-equal after exporting and re-importing.

How can I losslessly export my Google Documents?

  • What does "email as attachment" do?
    – user5676
    Commented Oct 27, 2014 at 21:30
  • @barrycarter, It asks which format I want to convert to before emailing: i.sstatic.net/k2MvN.png . All available formats are lossy. "Publish to the web" also only has lossy options.
    – Pacerier
    Commented Oct 27, 2014 at 21:56
  • What does "paste the item..." do?
    – user5676
    Commented Oct 28, 2014 at 0:26
  • @barrycarter, It tries to paste the document directly into the email. Much data is lost though.
    – Pacerier
    Commented Oct 28, 2014 at 8:37

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You can export Google Docs in their native format by appending export?format=kix to a Google Docs file link. However, even with the API, there's no way to re-import this file into docs at this time.

  • Interesting but what can be done with the "native format" out of Google Docs? Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 22:00
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    @Rubén Nothing that I'm aware of. It's plain text file the begins with the content and ends with formatting included in a format I'm not familiar with.
    – Ian Hyzy
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 22:01

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