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Essential Google Docs Skill: Anyone With The Link Can View

Essential skill share google docs

Share Google Docs

By default Google Docs (Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings) are private. If you share the link to a Google Drive document with someone they will not be able to view the document. Google Classroom automatically solves the sharing problem. Classroom explicitly shares docs with your students when attached. If you want parents to be able to view your Google Docs you have change the sharing permissions yourself.

Google Docs Share Settings

Blue Share Button

Click on the blue share button in the upper right hand corner.

Get Sharable Link

Clicking on “Get shareable link” in the upper right hand corner will make the document viewable to anyone at your school, but still not to parents.

Clicking on the drop down arrow next to “Anyone with the link atmyschool can view” only gives you options to share with people who are on the same domain (at your school.)


You need to go to the bottom option of “More.”
more options for sharing

Anyone With the Link

The 2nd option in the list of sharing options is “On – Anyone with the link.” Choose this option. Down towards the bottom you can change it from “View” to “Comment” or “Edit.” Probably you do not want to do this. There are reasons to do it, however, less frequently used.
anyone with the link can view.

This is something you should be able to do in your sleep. Sharing Google Docs is really the power of Google Apps.

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