New Sharing Experience For Google Drive

by Denise Hazime on September 4, 2014

One of the big reasons users have been shifting away from Microsoft Office and onto the cloud is the ability to share and collaborate on the fly. Whether you're working on Docs, Sheets, Slides, or any other file type in Drive, you can quickly invite others to view, edit, comment, and collaborate. A few months back, Google introduced a redesigned Drive that cleaned up the interface and simplified common tasks. The latest update from Google today continues that trend by providing a new sharing experience that further streamlines the process. By default, files are set to private when added. To share a file, simply right click on the file in Drive, select the share option and a share settings window will popup. Alternatively, if the file is already open, you can select the blue share icon at the top right of the screen. Within the popup, you can select individuals you would like to add (if they are already contacts, they will be auto populated). To the right, you can select whether to allow recipients to edit, view, or comment.


If you select the Get Shareable Link option, Drive will copy the link to the file and allow you to modify additional settings as well. If the file is set to be shared, the icon to the right of the shareable link will turn green (quick way to check to see if you've shared a file).  

And for those that prefer the old view, you can always click on the advanced option at the bottom right that will take you back.

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