Exporting Everything Out of Google Docs

If you’re an avid Google docs user as I am, then you’ll get to the point where you will want to be able to export all of your docs to your local computer. If nothing else as a backup.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a built-in easy way to do this. However, there is a way to do it thanks to Firefox and some greasemonkey scripts! I just gave it a shot and it works like a charm!

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Install Firefox if you’re still stuck in the 1990s (www.firefox.com) Firefox 3

2. Install Greasemonkey

3. Install the GoogleDocs Download Script

4. Install DownTHEMall: Firefox Download Manager

5. Go to Google Docs and select the documents you want to export (to select all documents in a folder/tag remember to click the Select: All option at the bottom of the screen.
googledocs_all

6. Click on the new Download Your Documents menu and select the format you want to use for your documents.

downloadYourDoc

7. Your selects will appear in a new page like this
gdd_all

8. Right-click and select DownloadThemAll. Select the local folder you want to download/export your google docs to in the Save Files in: field. Click Start to download.

googledocs_dta

9. That’s all folks! You’ve just exported all of your Google Docs!

Conclusion
While this method works and isn’t that hideous, Google could make this process a whole lot easier if they got off their rumps and implemented an internal option to do this for us from within Google Docs itself! We also need an auto-sync option that will keep copies synchronized online and offline via Google Gears. Until then, we at least have a way to do this ourselves. Thanks to Peter Shafer for the excellent GoogleDocs Download script!

Enjoy and to quote Nick Burns your company’s computer guy, “uh, you’re welcome!”

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  • http://www.edwardstafford.com/blog Ed Stafford | @pixel8r

    Great tip! This will come in handy. Nice to know that I can easily pull all my docs from google without spending an entire afternoon doing it.

  • http://www.edwardstafford.com/blog Ed Stafford | @pixel8r

    Great tip! This will come in handy. Nice to know that I can easily pull all my docs from google without spending an entire afternoon doing it.

  • http://writing.mousewords.net/ mousewords

    I *do* like this! I was under the impression that using Gears to work with GDocs in “offline mode” made for ~some~ sort of backup–but since I can't seem to find it, I'm really grateful for this one. :-)*Whew*–no more “copy and paste” to Word every time I close up shop for the day. 🙂

  • http://writing.mousewords.net mousewords

    I *do* like this! I was under the impression that using Gears to work with GDocs in “offline mode” made for ~some~ sort of backup–but since I can't seem to find it, I'm really grateful for this one. 🙂

    *Whew*–no more “copy and paste” to Word every time I close up shop for the day. 🙂

  • http://writing.mousewords.net/ mousewords

    I *do* like this! I was under the impression that using Gears to work with GDocs in “offline mode” made for ~some~ sort of backup–but since I can't seem to find it, I'm really grateful for this one. :-)*Whew*–no more “copy and paste” to Word every time I close up shop for the day. 🙂

  • http://writing.mousewords.net mousewords

    I *do* like this! I was under the impression that using Gears to work with GDocs in “offline mode” made for ~some~ sort of backup–but since I can't seem to find it, I'm really grateful for this one. 🙂

    *Whew*–no more “copy and paste” to Word every time I close up shop for the day. 🙂

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