How To Make A QR Code For A Google Doc

If there’s one thing users love about Google Docs, it’s the platform’s seamless sharing feature. You can share your document with practically anyone and everyone, from collaborating teammates to clients who simply need to view the content. However, the share link it generates isn’t always as friendly as you’d hope.

In this guide, we’ll cover how to make a QR code for a Google Doc in three ways: Using Google Chrome, Adobe Express, and QR Code Studio.

Before Making a QR Code for a Document on Google Docs

The QR code you generate for your Google Docs will contain a link to your document. However, if your file permission is set to restricted, no one will be able to open it. First, change the sharing permissions of your Google Docs file to make the link accessible to your desired audience.

  1. In your browser, open your Google Docs file. `
  2. Click “Share” in the upper-right corner of the document.
How to make a QR code for a Google Doc—location of the share button


  1. Under “General access,” change “Restricted” to “Anyone with the link.”
Anyone with a link access in Google Docs


  1. If you don’t want others to edit your file, keep the access in the “Viewer” mode. Otherwise, change it to “Editor” (to allow full editing access) or “Commenter” (to comment without editorial privileges.
Different Access options in Google Docs share settings


  1. Select “Done” to save and exit the share settings.
Done button in Google Docs share settings


Now that you have a viewable Google Docs file, you can generate the QR code.

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Making a QR Code for a Google Docs with Google Chrome

Chrome has a built-in QR code generator for Google Docs and other web pages. There are two easy ways to access this generator:

  • Using the “Share” button
  • Using the right-click context menu.

Here’s how to use both:

Method 1: Use the Share Button

The “Share” options on Google Chrome feature a QR code generator. This means you won’t need to copy links from your browser. Using the “Share” button, follow these steps to create a QR code for Google Docs.

  1. With your viewable Google Docs file open in your browser, click the “Share” icon in the rightmost of the address bar.
Share icon on Google Chrome


  1. Select “Create QR Code” from the drop-down menu.
Create QR code option in Google Chrome Share


  1. Click “Download” to download the QR code image to your computer.
Download QR Code for Google Docs

Method 2: Using the Right-Click Context Menu

Google Chrome’s QR code generator is also accessible via the right-click context menu. Here’s how to use it to make a QR code for Google Docs:

  1. Open your viewable Google Docs file in your browser.
  2. Right-click on the space next to the version history icon.
  3. From the context menu, select “Create QR Code for this page.”
Create QR Code for this page option in right-click menu


  1. Select “Download” to save the QR code image to your computer.
Download QR Code for Google Docs

Creating a QR Code for Google Docs with Adobe Express

There are multiple Google Docs QR code program options, but we think one of the most user-friendly ones is the Adobe Express QR code generator. Unlike other QR code generators, the site is free and doesn’t require an account.

To use the Adobe Express QR code generator for your Google Docs:

  1. Open your shareable Google Docs file.
  2. Click on “Share” in the top-right corner of the page.
How to make a QR code for a Google Doc—location of the share button


  1. Click on the “Copy link” button.
Copy link button in Google Docs share setting


  1. In another tab, go to Adobe Express QR Code Generator.
  2. Paste your Google Docs link under “Enter or paste the website URL.”
URL field for QR code in Adobe Express QR Code Generator


  1. Click on the drop-down menu under “File type” and select your preferred image format.
File type options in Adobe Express QR Code Generator


  1. Select “Create QR Code.”
Create QR code button in Adobe Express QR Code Generator


  1. Press “Download” to save your QR code.
Download button in Adobe Express QR Code Generator

Creating a QR Code for Google Docs Using QR Code Studio

Say you’re making a flyer on Google Docs or writing other promotional pieces that regularly need to be sent to people. You probably don’t want to use an online QR code generator all the time.

Install a QR code maker app (like QR Code Studio) on your computer. The software is free for Windows and macOS — and even works without an internet connection.

  1. Download and install QR Code Studio.
Download button on QR Code Studio download webpage


  1. Launch your browser and open the Google Docs file.
  2. Go to “Share > “Copy link” to get your Google Docs link.
Copy link under Share settings in Google Docs


  1. Launch QR Code Studio.
  2. In the input field, paste your Google Docs link. This will automatically change the QR code displayed on the app.
Where to find the input field in QR Code Studio


  1. Click on the QR code and select “Export barcode.”
Export barcode option in QR Code Studio


  1. Enter a name for your QR Code.
File name for QR Code Studio generated QR Code


  1. Hit “Save.”
Save button in QR Code studio

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are You Providing When You Share a QR Code?

A QR code is a kind of barcode. However, instead of vertical lines forming a rectangle, it’s made up of small pixels forming a square. Made of up to 4,296 alphanumeric characters, they make it easier to share different texts like Twitter handles, email addresses, and even business card templates.

When sharing a QR code, you’re essentially sharing a readable text. When QR codes are scanned, no extra information is included except for the data you’ve entered.

Can a Google Doc Be Made Into a QR Code?

Yes, a Google Docs document can be a QR code. However, the document won’t be viewable to others if the share setting is set to restricted. Be sure to change the sharing settings before creating a QR code for the Google Doc.

How Do I Create a QR Code for a Google Doc on My iPhone?

First, copy the link to your Google Docs file. You can do this by going to your Google Docs app, opening the document of your choice, and clicking the three dots () icon in the top-right corner.

Navigate to “Share & export” > “Manage access.” Change the “General access” from “Restricted” to “Anyone with the link.” Click on the link icon to copy the link to the document. Paste this link to QR Code Generator and select “Download” to save the Google Doc QR code to your phone.

Final Thoughts

QR codes are one of the fastest ways to share your Google Docs file with anyone. Therefore, it’s only fitting to learn how to make a QR code for a Google Doc. With this guide, you’ve found the perfect method for your needs.

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Marinel Sigue

Marinel Sigue

Marinel is a tech writer and electronics engineer. She has been writing about consumer tech and tools since 2019 and works with various tech outlets like MakeUseOf, SlashGear, and ProductivitySpot. In her free time, you'll typically find her learning new productivity tools and building DIY electronic projects.
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