Want to share a Google Drive file (Doc, Sheet, Slides, Form) but force the recipient to make their own copy (not view, edit, or collaborate on your original)? Maybe you want to create a Parent Information Survey for Open House, then share it with other teachers so they can customize and make their own. Well, you can! And here's how:
- Get the share link for the Google file:
- Click the blue Share button. (If you don't see the sharing link, click Advanced in the lower-right corner of the Share pop-up window.)
- Copy the sharing link.
- Paste the link in the location where you need it (in an email, in an assignment, etc.).
- At the end of
the long link, it will have something like: /edit?usp=sharing.
Delete all the way up to the back-slash and enter the word “copy” (.../copy).
- Recipients will not have access to your original file; therefore, they will not have any updates you make to the file in the future.
- This process (auto-prompt Make A Copy) is a little different for a Google Form. You must share the link to the related "Responses" Sheet, not the Form. Click here to read how.
- Google Classroom can do this for you as well. Once you attach a Drive file to an assignment, you can select the option to Make a Copy for Each Student.
Link to Alice Keeler's more extensive blog post...