How to Star on Google Docs and Google Drive

How to Star on Google Docs and Google Drive

In this post, we’ll see:

Let’s get started.

How to Star a File on Google Docs

PC

Sign into Google Docs.

To Star: Open the document you wish to star. Click on the “Star” icon at the top.

To Unstar: Open the document you wish to unstar. Click on the “Star” icon at the top.

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Android or iPhone

Open the Google Docs app.

Tap the three horizontal (or vertical) dots beneath the file you want to star.

You see the “Add to starred” option. Hit it.

To View Starred Files

Tap three horizontal lines > Starred.

To Unstar

Go to “Starred.”

Tap the three horizontal (or vertical) dots beneath the file you want to unstar.

Tap “Remove from starred.”


Note: Keep in mind that the star and unstar you’ve made to a Google Docs file on Google Drive will reflect in Google Docs and vice versa.

Read: How to Add Table of Contents in Google Docs


How to Star Item(s) on Google Drive

PC

Go to Google Drive. Sign in, if not already.

Select the item(s) you want to star.

Right-click on it, and you see the “Add to Starred” option. Hit it.

To View Starred Items: Click on the “Starred” option on the left sidebar.

To Unstar Starred Items: Click on the “Starred” option on the left sidebar.

Select the item(s) you want to unstar.

Right-click on it and you see the “Remove from Starred” option. Click on it.

Android or iPhone

Open the Google Drive app.

Tap “Files” at the bottom.

Select the item(s) that you want to star.

Hit the three vertical (or horizontal) dots at the top.

Tap the “Add to Starred” option.

To View Starred Items: Tap “Starred” at the bottom.

To Unstar Starred Items

Tap on “Starred.”

Select the item(s) that you want to unstar.

Tap the three vertical (horizontal) dots at the top. Hit the “Remove from Starred” option.


Note: Keep in mind that the star and unstar you’ve made to a Google Docs file on Google Drive will reflect in Google Docs and vice versa.

Read: How to Restore Deleted Files and Folders from Google Drive


How to Download a File from Google Docs

PC​

Go to Google Docs. Sign in if not already.

​Open the document which you want to download.

​Hit “File” at the top.

Hover your mouse over the “Download” option, and you see these file formats:

  • Microsoft Word (.docx)
  • OpenDocument Format (.odt)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • PDF Document (.pdf)
  • Plain Text (.txt)
  • Web Page (.html, zipped)
  • EPUB Publication (.epub)

​Choose the file format you prefer.

Android

Open the Google Docs app.

​Hit the three vertical dots in the file you want to download.

​You see the “Download” option. Tap on it.

That’s all. The file is downloaded to your Android device as a PDF file.

Follow the below steps, if you want to download the file in other formats other than PDF:

​Open the document. Hit the three vertical dots at the top.

​Hit Share & export > Save As.

​In the “Save As” pop-up, choose the format you want. I’ve chosen “Plain Text (.txt).”

Tap “OK.” You see the document opened in the format you prefer.

Hit the “Download” icon at the top.

Choose the browser you prefer. If asked, provide your Google account login credentials.

That’s all. The file is downloaded to your Android device.

Remember, the same file (in our instance: text document) is also stored in Google Drive. Go to Google Drive, and remove that file if you wish.

iPhone

Open the Google Docs app.

Tap the file you wish to download.

Hit the three horizontal dots at the top > Share & export > Send a copy.

Choose the format (PDF or Word (.docx)) you prefer. Tap “OK.”

Tap the “Save to Files” option.

Choose the location you want and then hit “Save.”

Read: How to Remove Horizontal Line in Google Docs


How to Download Item(s) from Google Drive

PC

Sign into Google Drive.

Select the item(s) you want to download.

Right-click on the selected item, and you see options.

Click on the “Download” option.

Android

Note, you can’t download a folder using the Google Drive app. But you can download the file(s).

Let’s see the steps to download.

​Open the Google Drive app.

Tap the “Files” at the bottom.

Select the file(s) you wish to download.

Tap the three vertical dots at the top. Hit the “Download” option.

iPhone

Remember, you can’t download a folder using Google Drive for iPhone.

But you can download the file. Let’s see how to do that.

Open the Google Drive app.

Tap “Files” at the bottom.

Hit the three horizontal dots beside the file you wish to download.

Tap “Open in,” which is above the “Rename” option.

Hit the “Save to Files” option.

Choose the location you want and then tap “Save.”

Read: How to Make a Copy of a File in Google Drive