Sharing Collection to people without Google Account
I have a collection which I need to share with some people without a Gmail Account, I used to do that in individual files by giving them a link, but when I tried this time to use that method in sharing Collections, people were required to sign-in before they can access the Collection. So how do I share my files with people without Gmail Accounts?
Not only that, here are the terms of sharing I like to have with my collaborators, but I can't seem to find the right option to impose these terms:
1. I do not want my collection to be found through search engines.
2. I do not want any of my collaborators to edit the files through Google Docs and replace my files.
3. I want to allow my collaborators to download the files which they can edit in their own computers.
4. I want to allow my collaborators to upload files in the collection and be identified as the owner of that collection and sole editor of their own files.
Google Docs just gave me two options in sharing collections, which I both found problematic:
(1) Public on the Web.
Anyone on the Internet can find and access. No sign-in required.
-Problem: I do not want anyone to view my files. I just want my collaborators to view it (through a link, if possible). I also mentioned that I do not want my files to be found through a search engine.
Only people explicitly granted permission can access. Sign-in required.
-Problem: I am going to share it with people without Google Accounts. So signing-in is going to be problematic.
So how do I impose my terms or preferences in sharing?
Thank you very much.
- They aren't private: people may come across links to these docs if those links are posted on a blog or forwarded in an email, for example. If you prefer to share a doc with a closed circle of users, share your doc with specific people.
- You can set docs in this category to Private at any time. Once you restrict access, old links to the doc will no longer work.
How to set your doc to Anyone with the link
- Click the blue Share button in the top right of your doc
- Next to the doc's visibility option, which is the first item in the sharing dialog, click Change....
- Select Anyone with the link. If you'd like people to be able to edit, view, or comment on your doc, change the setting next to "Access: Anyone (no sign-in required)" at the bottom of the window.
- Click Save.
From : "If a collection is shared to anyone with the link and a person is given a link to the collection that is obtained by copying from the browser address bar then the person is asked to sign-in in order to view the collection. This is a problem; in the case of documents or files I believe that the GDocs team struggled mightily not long ago to make it so that the URL from browser address bar can be used just as well as the URL that is obtained from the sharing dialog window."
In the same pop-up with the "Anyone with the Link" setting there is a drop down at the "Access: " line where you can determine whether those with access can view only or can edit.
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