Canva Docs: Free Online Document Creator

Create documents with total ease. With Canva Docs, our free online document maker, you can craft attention-grabbing meeting minutes, event proposals, business strategy plans, financial reports, and so much more in no time at all!

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Seamless online document creator

Create and collaborate on a number of documents wherever, whenever with our versatile document creation tool. Treat our beginner-friendly Canva Docs dashboard as your team’s virtual workspace with our collaborative and easy-to-use editing tools, diverse document templates, comprehensive design elements library, and our built-in AI writing tool, Magic Write (Beta).

Find a layout from our gallery of professionally designed templates, whether you’re tasked with a quarterly financial report, a persuasive business proposal, or survey questionnaire forms. Customize your chosen design by uploading your own assets to the dashboard or by browsing our media library for free graphics and images.

Need to visualize raw data? Easily add a line, bar, or pie chart from our available graphs. Get your team’s input and ensure accuracy by giving them editing access to your Canva Doc. When you’re done, download your document in PDF, or convert it to a presentation and transform it into a report. You can even share it online as a branded URL for your audience to scroll through like a website!

How to create a document online

  1. Launch Canva
    Open Canva on your browser, desktop app, or mobile device. Search for “Doc” to start your visual document project.
  2. Start inspired with document templates
    On your Canva homepage, click the Docs icon and scroll down to our templates gallery. Choose a layout you like from our professionally designed Canva Docs designs. If you already have a specific concept in mind, you can start with a blank template.
  3. Type in your content
    Fill your Canva Doc with the information you need to complete your document. If you don’t know how to start, you can use Magic Write (Beta) to get ideas for a first draft. Add images and insert graphs to transform your raw data into appealing visual aids.
  4. Customize & collaborate
    Make the template yours. Use our font combinations and color palette generator. Upload your own assets and drag and drop them onto your document with ease. Invite your team to work on the design by giving them access to the dashboard. Collaborate and edit documents seamlessly in real-time.
  5. Share and continue working on your doc
    Share your doc as a branded link your audience can scroll through, or convert it to a presentation deck to report straight from our dashboard. Continuously collaborate on your Canva Doc—you and your team can always come back to update your to-do lists, refer to project details, or add your latest meeting’s minutes. You can also download your document in a high-quality Letter, Legal, A3, or A4 PDF file.
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All-in-one document workspace

You can make a document for a wide range of requirements with Canva Docs—from business proposals, letterheads, and social media strategies, to lesson plans, goal trackers, and reading lists. Whatever document type you’re working on, you’ll never have to use another document creator again.

Grab any one of our templates and easily customize it for free with our drag-and-drop editor, /Magic shortcuts, and Text Find & Replace tool. Get creative while keeping effortlessly consistent with your business or school brand by uploading your own assets. Adding a QR code, Bitmoji, or a GIF from Giphy? No need to leave the editor — access all our built-in apps straight from the dashboard. Everything you need for document creation, all in one place.

Design features & tools to keep your document interesting

With Canva Docs, our free document maker, it’s easy to keep your documents engaging whether or not you’ve got any design know-how. Using our beginner-friendly doc creation features and tools, you can easily make a visual document polished enough to engage your colleagues and impress your clients.

Add life to your doc with Design Blocks, Canva's customizable title or decorative banners you can add to the top or in between sections of your doc. Keep your document from being too wordy and easily add checklists, data tables, charts, and other visual assets within minutes. Want to tell a compelling story with facts and figures? Use Flourish on Canva to embed beautiful infographics into your document and bring your data to life. Track how your audience interacts with your doc through Design Insights, accessible from the dashboard.

Skip the writer’s block with Magic Write (Beta)

Can’t find the right word or phrasing for an important business memo, upcoming event proposal, or your team retro? Canva Docs’ built-in Magic Write (Beta) tool is all you need. Powered by AI, Magic Write will jot down your ideas for you — just type in your prompt and let it do its magic. All that’s left for you to do is to review and refine the produced copy to your preference. Save yourself the many hours spent on overcoming your writer’s block and stay on top of your project!

Seamless collaboration

Canva’s team features make doc creation with others simple and interactive, making it ideal for business or organization use. Simply invite your team, choose their access, and work together within minutes. If your teammate doesn’t have a Canva account, don’t worry—they can work on your doc anonymously. You can all collaborate on a single document, tag each other and assign tasks, leave comments, and sign off approvals in one dashboard—all in real-time.


Doc creation and editing on our free document editor is easy. Choose a format or template that fits your requirement, upload your brand assets, then copy and paste your text content onto your draft.

If your key performance indicator report or strategy plan requires data visualization, you can easily create and embed charts, maps, and other infographics using Flourish, which you can easily log on to within our design dashboard.

To make a QR code to add to your document, scroll down the menu bar on the left-hand side of the document maker and click on Apps to open our built-in tools hub. Search for QR Code and click on the appearing app. Copy and paste the URL you want to link to the QR code, customize your icon’s appearance, and finally click Generate QR Code.

Keeping your documents safe online requires a bit of investment. Consider a cloud storage service with extra security features like two-factor authentication that you can access across different devices for ease of maintenance.

Another tip to guarantee the overall safety of your documents: consider adopting the 3-2-1 backup strategy which is simply having three copies of your data—two on different devices and the last one on an online back-up solution.

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