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Google Classroom: OOPS, Fixing Assignments When You Forgot to Make Copies

Google Classroom: OOPS, Fixing Assignments When You Forgot to Make Copies

fixing assignments in google classroom

When creating an assignment in Google Classroom and attaching documents you have 3 choices for how to attach the file. View, Edit or Make Copies. There have been times that I have published an assignment and accidentally made a file View or Edit instead of Make Copies. I have also accidentally forgotten to attach the document that I needed to Make Copies of. Unfortunately, after assigning you no longer have the ability to add a document as “Make a copy for each student.”

Note: In Fall 2018 Google Classroom made changes to the interface of Google Classroom. There are some changes with the screenshots below. The reuse post option is now on the Classwork page. You still use the 3 dots to edit. 


To edit an assignment in the Google Classroom Stream, click on the 3 dots in the upper right-hand corner. 3 dots in the upper right hand corner google classroom

When editing an assignment, you are able to add additional documents. However, you only have 2 options for the file: View and Edit.
add additional documents and the 3rd option is missing from the drop down menu

Reuse Post

The trick is to reuse the post from the same course. Click the plus icon in the bottom right-hand corner and choose “Reuse post.”
Reuse post in google classroom

Select the SAME CLASS that you are using. You can reuse posts from current classes, other classes, classes you are a co-teacher in, and archived classes. Reuse post select the post


This is super important. Make sure you UNCHECK the “Create new copies of all attachments” checkbox. Your files are in Google Drive. You do NOT want multiple copies of the same document in your Google Drive.
Uncheck the create copies checkbox

Edit the Post

The reused post can be edited. Any documents attached, or new documents attached, have the option to “Make a copy for each student.”
When reusing post you can add a document as make copies

Delete Original

Delete the original assignment only after you have reused it.
Reuse Post delete original

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