After you share a file, you can stop sharing a file at any time. You can also prevent someone you’ve shared with from changing or sharing your file.
Stop sharing a file
- If you share a file with people, the owner or anyone with edit permissions can change the sharing settings for the file.
- If you don’t want anyone to publicly access your file, stop publishing the file.
When you change a link’s setting to Restricted, the only people who can still see the file are those you have directly shared with in the 'Share with people and groups' section.
If you delete a shared file that you own:
- People that can view, comment, or edit can make a copy of the file until you permanently delete it.
- To permanently delete the file, click the file in your trash, and click Delete forever . Learn more about deleting files.
If you delete a shared file that you don’t own:
- The file will be removed from your Drive , but other collaborators can still access it.
- To get the file back, open a link to the file File Add to My Drive.
People with edit permissions to your shared files can:
- Share a file with others.
- Add or remove specific people from the file.
- Copy, print, or download the file.
Important: You can't apply this setting to a folder, but you can apply it to individual files in the folder.
To prevent viewers and commenters from printing, copying, or downloading your file:
Important: You can limit how people share, print, download, and copy within Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, but you can't stop how others share the file content in other ways.
If you’re sharing a file, the owner or anyone with edit permissions can change the sharing settings for the file. To make it so only you can share:
Important: If you prevent sharing of a folder, it only applies to the folder. To turn this on for the files inside, you have to change the settings for the files inside.
More options with Google Accounts through work or schoolGive someone permissions to a file for a limited time
Set an expiration date for a file
- Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
- Click Share.
- Share the file with a user or select the user you'd like to give temporary permissions to.
- Click the Down arrow Give temporary access.
- Next to "Access expires," click the number of days to change the expiration date. Choose a date within one year of the current date.
- Click Save.
Change share settings for Google Forms
Google Forms often have different sharing options than other kinds of files.