Stop, limit, or change sharing

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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

Important:

  • 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.
Stop sharing a file or folder
  1. Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Select a file or folder.
  3. Click Share or Share Share.
  4. Find the person you want to stop sharing with.
  5. To the right of their name, click the Down arrow Down and then Remove.
  6. To save changes, click Save.
Restrict link sharing for a file or folder

When you change a link’s setting to Restricted, the only people who can still see the file or folder are those you have directly shared with in the 'Share with people and groups' section.

  1. Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Open or select a file or folder.
  3. Click Share or Share Share and then Get link,
  4. Under “Get Link”,  click the Down arrow Down.
  5. Select Restricted.
  6. Click Done.
Delete a shared file

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 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 and then File and then Add to My Drive.

Limit how your files are shared

Don’t let people download, print, or copy your file

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.

ImportantYou 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:

  1. Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Select one or more files you want to limit.
  3. Click Share or Share Share.
  4. At the top, click Settings Settings.
  5. Uncheck Viewers and commenters can see the option to download, print, and copy.
  6. Click Save and then Done.

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.

Prevent others from sharing your shared files

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:

  1. Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Click Share or Share Share.
  3. At the top, click Settings Settings.
  4. Uncheck Editors can change permissions and share.
  5. Click Done.

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 school

Give someone permissions to a file for a limited time

Set an expiration date for a file

  1. Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Click Share.
  3. Share the file with a user or select the user you'd like to give temporary permissions to.
  4. Click the Down arrow Down and then Give temporary access.
  5. Next to "Access expires," click the number of days to change the expiration date. Choose a date within one year of the current date.
  6. Click Save.

Change share settings for Google Forms

Google Forms often have different sharing options than other kinds of files.

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