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How-To Make Google Docs Public And Manage Your Sharing

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Google Docs can be shared with just about anyone, and there are more tricks than just emails them to your contacts.  The sharing and editing features are great for collaborating on projects with fellow students, colleagues, and friends or family.  Keep in mind though, that when you invite others to view your documents, they may be able to share it with others as well.


There’s a few different ways to share Google Docs with others.  First you have the classic e-mail sharing, if you are running Google Docs you can attach them and send e-mails to your contact list automatically.  Another way is through using a “secret URL,” which will allow anyone visiting that URL to view and possibly even edit the document.  Let’s look at a few of the different ways.


How To Quickly Share Your Google Docs Documents

The first thing you’ll need to locate is the Share menu, once you do –Click it .  In the drop down menu you’ll see a few different options for Sharing your documents with others.  Don’t forget, anything you do in this menu will only affect documents that you have Checked the checkbox for.

The google docs share and invite menu allows you several share options


In the Get the link to share… tab there are two settings to adjust.  The top checkbox will allow anyone who visits the link to see your document, even if they don’t have a Google Docs account.  The second link will allow them to edit your document, this means they can make copies, share it with others, and completely change your document altogether. 

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Be careful who you give this link to, if they even share this link with anyone else, your document’s privacy could become compromised.  This is especially true if you have Checked to allow them to edit.

How to let google docs be shared and edited by anyone


The safer way to share your documents will require a little bit more work, but in return will grant you specific access on who can view and edit your document.  Once you share a Doc with someone using the Invite people function, it will show up in their Google Docs as Shared with me.  The editing share function is the same here as well, so anyone who you give privileges to edit will also be able to Share your document with others.

Note: The feature allowing editors to share your document can be disabled in the Advanced permissions tab.


how to adjust who can edit your google docs and require them to sign in


Track Changes!

Say you’ve given someone privileges to edit your document and you aren’t sure what updates they’ve changed?  Ormaybe you’ve shared your Doc with just a ton of people and somebody sabotaged it?  Revision history allows you to see changes made to a document in-between saves, and also who changed it.  This should help keep things groovy if confusion should arise!

how to see who has made changes to your google docs and go back to an earlier revision of your document

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One Response to How-To Make Google Docs Public And Manage Your Sharing

  1. FaLy February 28, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    THX! helped a alot :))

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