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Google Documents

Question: How do I link to a PDF in my sidebar or post?

Answer: You can use Google Documents to upload a PDF, then link to the uploaded file. This really is not very difficult to do. The only reason I labeled it intermediate, is because if you wanted to add it as a widget in your sidebar, you might want to make it a clickable button. Or you may need to know how to make a PDF in the first place. But really, you can upload and share Word documents or images, as well.

Step 1: From Google's main page, click on the drop-down menu under "More" and select "Documents."

Step 2: Click on the "Upload" button to upload a new document.

Step 3: Either drag and drop your file into the space provided, or click "select file to upload."

Step 4: Select your security settings. For our document, we chose "Anyone with the link."

Step 5: Your uploaded document will now appear as a link with a check mark to the side. Click that link to view your document.

Step 6: Copy that URL. You can either paste it into your sidebar to link from a gadget/widget, or you can just use it as a link in one of your posts.

Optional step: Take your URL into and shorten the length of the URL! Here is how our final document's shortened URL looks:

Step 7:  Once you are viewing your document, you can click "File" for download options. Select "Download original" to download the file to your desktop.


  1. Google rocks...thought I would share how I have used some slideshows using google docs (presentations): see it here:

  2. I love Google. I just figured out how I can create a poll in Google and embed it in a blog post!

  3. Thanks so much. I have been wanting to do this.

  4. Thank you so much! I really needed this information. - Suzanne

  5. This is awesome! Thank you so much!

  6. Yeah! I spent over an hour trying to figure out how to link a pdf to a blogger blog. Decided it couldn't be done. Ha. (I just couldn't do it!) Now, this is wonderful! Not sure I'll be redoing my post that I just used jpegs but I'll be ready for the next time. Thanks so much!

  7. For month I have searched for an instruction like this. Thanks so much! Now I can put my pdf´s on my blog for free sharing...

  8. Thanks so much...I wanted to post a tutorial in PDF on my blog, but didn't how to do it!!!

    Emanuela @ My little inspirations


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