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)
3. Install the GoogleDocs Download Script
6. Click on the new Download Your Documents menu and select the format you want to use for your documents.
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.
9. That’s all folks! You’ve just exported all of your Google Docs!
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!”