Change Google doc shareable link permissions

Shareable links are a good way to share a document with those that don’t have a Google account. Recipients can view, edit or comment on documents without the need to have a Google account. When creating a shareable link we might have originally given the recipient edit or view only access to the document. We might have a need to change this permission later.

When we change the permission for documents with a shareable link, the same link will be used with the new permission. Keep in mind that this permission will be the same for anyone that has the link.

With a document open, click on the share button in the button bar.

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We can click the triangle next to the shareable link permission to get a list of the other permissions.

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In this example I’ve changed the permission from can view to can comment. This is a good permission when we need to get feedback from others with a shareable link. They can’t make changes to the document but they can provide feedback on the document through comments. When we’re done changing the permission we’ll click the done button.

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We don’t need to have a document open in order to update the shareable link permission. In Drive we can select a document then right click on it to get the contextual menu. The contextual menu has a share option.

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