How to backup Google Docs and Spreadsheets ?

As someone who usually work on three different PCs and a laptop, i find Google Docs and Spreadsheets very convenient, due to the fact i can access my documents from each of my computers.

As time went by, i started to accumulate lots of docs and spreadsheets in my Google account, and i asked myself how should i backup them. I knew i could open each and every document and just save it as a Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word document, as well as a PDF document, but i was looking for a more powerful method.

I searched a bit and found a nice Greasemonkey script that helped me to accomplish my task. Greasemonkey is a Mozilla Firefox addin that lets you modify the way your Firefox pages look and run. Note that Greasemonkey scripts work only with Firefox, so if you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you will need to Install Firefox before moving forward.

So here’s what you should do in order to backup your Google docs and Spreadsheets :

1. Open your Firefox browser.
2. In case Greasemonkey is not installed, Download it and install.
3. Download and Install the Google Docs backup script. Note that the script is written in JavaScript, and your browser security settings might deny its install.
4. Open Google Docs and Spreadsheets. You’ll notice a new download link available:>
5. Select the format in which you want to backup your documents and spreadsheets (MS Office, Txt, CSV, PDF or Open office).
6. Mark the documents or spreadsheets you want to backup by filling the checkbox located to their left.
7. Click Download
8. Click the documents or spreadsheets you would like to backup. The following dialog will appear:

9. Choose Save to Disk and click OK.

10. The document will be downloaded to your default Firefox download. From here, you can copy your files to your preferred backup location or to a backup device.

Important Note: In case you would like to make a mass download, i recommend that you use the Google Docs backup script in conjunction with DownThemAll (a nifty Greasemonkey script that allows you to download all links from a web page to your disk). In case you have DownThemAll installed, you can use it in step 6 to download all documents and spreadsheets you selected in one shot. Cool!

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