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How to Stop, Limit, or Customize Sharing in a Google Doc

You may use Google Docs to share documents with work colleagues or fellow students. Find out how you can customize or alter sharing permissions.

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Google Docs is one of the most-used apps for companies because it is such an effective document-sharing platform. You can share documents with your colleagues, and work together to write and edit documents. Still, you don’t always want everyone in your company to have endless access to Docs you’ve shared with them. The following will show you how to stop, limit, or customize Google Doc sharing on your Android and computer.

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Edit Sharing On Android

Stop sharing with certain people.

  1. In the Google Docs app, click “More” next to the file you want to stop sharing.
  2. Tap the “Info” button on the right of the document.
  3. Click on the down arrow button next to the name of the person with whom you no longer want to share the document.
  4. Click “No access.”

Delete a document’s file link.

  1. To ensure that only the people with whom you’ve shared a document can access it, click “More” next to the file.
  2. There, tap the “Info” button on the right of the document.
  3. Click on the down arrow next to “Link sharing on.”
  4. Change the permissions to “No access” and click “OK.”

Edit Sharing on Your Computer

Stop sharing with certain people.

  1. In Google Docs, select the file or folder you want to limit.
  2. Click “Share” and navigate to the “Share with others” window.
  3. Click “Advanced.”
  4. Next to the person’s name, click the “X.”
  5. Save your changes.

Stop others from sharing your file.

  1. Navigate to “Share” and click “Advanced” in the bottom right of the box.
  2. Check the box next to the option “Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers.”
  3. Save your changes and click “Done.”

Customize sharing permissions.

  1. To create an expiration date for a file’s sharing permissions, navigate to “Share” and “Share with others” window.
  2. Click “Advanced.”
  3. Navigate to “Who has access.”
  4. There, click on the user whose time you want to restrict and click the down arrow next to the user’s name.
  5. On the list, click “set expiration.”
  6. Click the date you want the user’s access to the file to end next to “Access expires” and save your changes.