Get started: Drive setup guide for admins

Turn Docs creation on or off

Most Google Workspace subscriptions include both Drive and Google Docs editors, such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Depending on the needs of your organization, you can make the following changes:

  • Leave Drive turned on, but turn off Docs creation if you don't want your people to use Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings and Forms.
  • If your organization is using a third-party storage provider instead of Drive, you can have Drive turned off while still allowing people to create Docs, Sheets, and Slides that are hosted by the other storage provider.
  • You can turn off the option to upload and create files on Drive. This option prevents users from creating, uploading, or organizing all files in Drive.

Turn off the option to create new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, or Drawings

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. On the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenDrive and Docsand thenFeatures and Applications.

  3. In the Creating new files in Google Drive section, uncheck the Allow users to create new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Forms box.

The next time users reload each Google Workspace application, the options to create or copy new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, or Drawings will disappear.

Turn off the option to create and upload any files in Drive

If you turn off the option to allow users to create and upload all types of files on Drive, users won't be able to:

  • create or copy Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, or Drawings
  • upload non-Google files such as PDF, JPG, and Microsoft Office.
  • create new Jams or Google Sites.
  • record meetings in Google Meet.

Important: This is turned off by default for users who have Box for Google Workspace Essentials. If you turn this option on, it might increase the monthly price of your Google Workspace subscription.

This setting affects only new files. Users are able to move and organize existing files in Drive as well as edit and share existing files.

To turn this option off:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. On the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenDrive and Docsand thenFeatures and Applications.

  3. In the Creating new files in Google Drive section, uncheck the Allow users to create and upload any files on Drive box.

Turn New Google Sites on or off

You can turn New Sites on or off using a separate control. This option determines whether users can create or edit sites in the new version of Google Sites. Classic Sites are not available with Essentials edition.

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