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4/16/13
Original Poster
mkormend

Sharing Links Are Requiring Sign In (when sign-in is said to not be required!)


I am opening a new issue, as closed unduly by one of the moderators on here. The topic was closed due to the posting being a year old, however IT IS STILL RELEVANT and seems to be a reoccuring issue that was NEVER fixed.

Previous article being resurrected:

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Browser & Operating System: Any.
Free consumer account (@gmail, @yahoo...) or Google Apps account (@yourdomain).
Describe the steps you took that produced this error: Setting the share settings to "Public on the web."
Copy and paste any error messages: No error messages.

Although all my collections, folders, and individual files are set to "Public on the web," the share links are challenging people using the URL to sign in.  New and old files alike are affected. 

As a test, I've tried adjusting the share settings for some files to the Private setting and then changing the setting back to "Public on the web," (no login required) but this hasn't had any effect.

Help with resolving this issue would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
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All Replies (2)
Donna DesRoches
6/17/13
Donna DesRoches
I am wondering the same thing.  Users cannot access a publicly available form that I created.  
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1APrtLvSl43Vumhkl3gLqXNuKT1iZXgWDJtiyQixVW0I/viewform

 
Bas Braams
6/17/13
Bas Braams
<<I am opening a new issue, as closed unduly by one of the moderators on here.>> (pointer to [1].) It was closed by the Google staffer with the words "This thread was related to an issue with sharing from a year ago which was fixed a week later." I'd say that "closed unduly" is quite true indeed. The Google Docs+Drive technical team and management have never been able to get the issue with shared links requiring a sign-in under their control. Sometimes it seems briefly that the issue is maybe fixed, then later it pops up again. Sometimes it is fixed for links that are picked up from the sharing dialog box but broken for links that are copied from the browser address bar. Sometimes it is fixed for most users, but the sign-in request is still triggered for users for which the system recognizes that they have a Google account. I mention a few related conversations [2-6]. (By the way, the conversation [6] is near the top of the list of most-visited conversations [7].)

[1] (2012-04-05) Re: "Public on the Web" Sharing Links Are Requiring Sign In

[2] (2013-01-21) Problem sharing docs with a yahoo email account

[3] (2013-05-13) Do People I've Shared Files With Need Google Accounts to Access Them?

[4] (2012-02-15) Google Docs Insists in sign-in required even though I selected "Anyone with a Link"

[5] (2013-01-15) Sharing Problems

[6] (2011-10-28) Sharing Collection to people without Google Account

[7] (2013-01-13) Re: Issues of interest -- recent most visited conversations
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