View and change published files

When you publish a Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides file to the web, it creates a copy anyone can view when they visit your site. You’ll still have your original file with the same sharing permissions.

Published Docs, Sheets, and Slides files update automatically after any change to the original file.

Turn off automatic update

  1. Open a file in Google Docs or Sheets.
  2. Click File and then Publish to the web.
  3. Click Published content & settings.
  4. Uncheck the box next to "Automatically republish when changes are made."

Note: Turning off automatic updates is not available in Google Slides. 

See chart data

When you publish a chart to the web, people may see the data used to create it. Be careful when publishing a chart with private or sensitive information.

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