How to Make a Copy of a Google Doc


Matthew Burleigh

While Google Docs makes it easy for you to view the revision history and restore a previous version, you may occasionally prefer to create a copy of an existing document so that you can make some major edits.

Fortunately you can make a copy of a Google Doc in a couple of different ways, depending on your preference.

You can check out our turn off auto capitalization Google Docs article if you would like to stop Google Docs from making some words capital.

How to Make a Copy of a Google Doc in Google Drive

This method doesn’t even require you to open the document, as it is completed entirely in Google Drive.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at

Step 2: Locate the document that you want to copy.

Step 3: Right-click on the document and choose Make a copy.

how to make a copy of a Google Doc

The copy of the document will then be added to Google Drive, with a file name that says “Copy of (original filename).”

How to Copy a Google Doc When the Document is Open

This method requires you to have the document open already.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document you want to copy.

Step 2: Select the File tab at the top-left of the window.

Step 3: Choose the Make a copy option.

Step 4: Give the copy a name, choose sharing and comment options, then click OK.

making a Google Doc copy when Google Docs is already open

Once the copy of the file is created it is a separate file from the original. This means that any changes made to the copy or to the original will not be reflected in the other copy of the document.

Find out how to turn off auto capitalize in Google Docs if you would prefer that the application not apply capital formatting to the first character after punctuation.

Matthew Burleigh

Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech content online for more than ten years. He enjoys writing about Google Docs in addition to many other applications and devices and has cumulatively covered Google’s word-processing application in hundreds of different articles.

He has been published on dozens of popular websites, and his works have accumulated millions of pageviews.
While focused primarily on tutorials and guides for popular electronics like the iPhone and iPad, as well as common applications like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, he covers topics across the entire technology spectrum.

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