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Stop, limit, or change sharing

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’re sharing a file with people, the owner or anyone with edit access can change the sharing settings for the file.

Stop sharing a file
  1. Open the app for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Next to the file’s name, tap More More.
  3. At the right, tap Info Information.
  4. Next to the person you want to stop sharing with, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  5. Tap Remove this user.
Delete a link to a file

When you delete a link to a file, only you and people you share the file with directly will still have access.

  1. Open the app for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Next to the file’s name, tap More More.
  3. At the right, tap Info Information.
  4. Next to "Link sharing on," tap Can view or Can edit.
  5. Tap Turn off link sharing.
Delete a shared file

If you delete a shared file that you own:

  • People that can view, comment, or edit will be able to make a copy until you permanently delete it.
  • To permanently delete the file, find the file in your trash and tap More and then Delete forever.

If you delete a shared file that you do not own:

  • It will be removed from your Drive, but still accessible to other collaborators.
  • To get the file back, open a link to the file. You’ll see the file in "Shared with me."

Change share settings for Google Forms

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

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