How to Export Your Canva Design to a Microsoft Word Document

An overview to export Canva designs to Microsoft Word

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  • Canva and Microsoft Word share an intricate relationship in files sharing.
  • While you cannot export directly from Canva to Word, you can download and insert PNG to Word.
  • You can also export Canva designs to Word, Google Docs, Google Drive and a host of other options.
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It can be quite tricky to export Canva to Word when it comes to designs. In fact, many of our readers have been at a crossroads, looking for ways to achieve this.

We got positive feedback from some of our readers who were able to fix the issue with Canva won’t let me edit text after we provided a simplified step-by-step guide. Thus, this article will provide an in-depth guide on how to export Canva to Word.

Can Canva be saved as Doc?

A direct answer to this is, no, Canva designs cannot (at least, yet) be saved as Doc. This is simply because the platform has not included the feature yet.

However, regardless of the foregoing, it is still possible to save your Canva designs in the Doc format provided you know its workarounds. It may only just take a bit of time and work. Worry less, we’ll walk you through the process in this article.

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How can I export my Canva design to Microsoft Word?

You can export your Canva design to Microsoft Word in a few different methods.

1. Insert Canva file as image

  1. Click on the Share button in the top-right corner of the screen.canva share
  2. This opens the Share this design menu and click on the Download button at the bottom of the menu.canva png download
  3. In the drop-down menu, select PDF or PNG. Click Download and choose where you want to save your file.dowwnload the file
  4. Open your file in Microsoft Word and insert it into your the image in Word
  5. That’s it! You have now successfully inserted your Canva design into a Microsoft Word document.

One method is to insert the file into Word as an image after exporting it as a PNG or JPG. There is also the option to export the file as a PDF, read the PDF in Word, and then save it as a Word document.

2. Export the file as PDF and convert it to docx

  1. After completing your Canva design, click on the Share button in the top-right corner of the screen.
  2. This opens the Share this design menu and click on the Download button at the bottom of the menu.
  3. Under File type, now select PDF Standard from the drop-down menu, then click the purple Download pdf standard
  4. After downloading your Canva design as a PDF file, go to Adobe Acrobat’s website.
  5. Now, upload the PDF file to the tool, either by clicking the Select files button or by dragging and dropping them into the grey box.
  6. Next, choose the document’s language and click on Export to DOCX. As soon as you do, the Word document will be downloaded to your device.
  7. Then, open the Docx in Microsoft Word.

And that’s it on saving Canva as Docx! You can now open your Docx file in Word and edit it there.

How to edit a Word document in Canva?

  1. Log into your Canva account and click on Create design at the top-right corner of your screen.
  2. Then click on Import file in the drop-down menu.
  3. Select the Word document that you want to edit from your device library. Be patient as it may take some time to upload.
  4. Once the upload is complete, you can begin to edit your document using Canva’s editing interface.

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To learn how to use Canva’s editing interface, you can visit Canva’s help center to know how to add and edit text.

How to copy an element from Canva to Word?

  1. Select the element you want to copy — image, text, shape, or design element.
  2. Then, press CTRL + C keys on your keyboard (or Command + C on a Mac). 
  3. Next, select where you want to paste your Word document and press CTRL + V keys on your keyboard (or Command + V on a Mac).

When copying an element from Canva to Word and vice-versa, you need to know that you may lose some of your formatting —the font settings or spacing.

How to transfer Canva to Google Docs?

  1. Log into your account, then complete your Canva design and open it.
  2. Click on the Share button in the top-right corner of the screen to open the Share this design dialog window. Next, click the Download button.
  3. Select PNG under File Type. Ensure not to tick the checkboxes, then hit the Download button.
  4. Go to Google Docs and open the document where you want to insert your Canva design.
  5. Now, drag and drop the PNG file into Google Docs.

And that’s all! You can repeat these steps as many times as you wish to transfer Canva to Google Docs.

Can I export Canva to Publisher?

It is at the moment directly impossible to export Canva to Publisher. However, you can decide to use Canva’s sharing options to download Canva’s designs and afterward use Microsoft Publisher’s Insert File feature to export Canva designs to Publisher.

And that’s it on how to export Canva to Word. We trust that the steps provided in this guide are applicable to save you from the hassles of having to recreate designs across document-creating platforms.

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