How to share a file in Google Drive

To share a file in Google Drive is easy and flexible. You can use this technique to share anything that you have stored on your Google Drive. In this example, the document being shared is called “Test document” and it is a Google Doc.

  1. Go to and click on “Go to Google Drive”
  2. From here you will need to sign in if you are not already
  3. Once in Drive, locate the file that you wish to share
  4. Click on the file once to select it (It will turn blue once it is selected)
  5. Now click on the share button that appears
  6. From here you have two options for sharing, Link Sharing, and directly giving people permission to share.
    Link Sharing means that a link will be created which you can give to others, allowing them to view or download the file.
    You can also share directly to other people by adding their email to the list of people able to access the document. The advantage of sharing directly is that you can control who has access to the file. With a link, anyone who has access to the link can see the document, and the link can be shared easily with additional people.
  7. In the pop-up that appears, click on the down triangle next to “find and view” to choose whether to allow other people to only view of also allow them to edit the document.
  8. Type email addresses in the “Enter names or email addresses” box and then clicking done,
    Clicking “Copy link” and then paste that link into a communication to other people.
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