How to Force a Copy Instead of Share for a Google Doc or Sheet


If you want to change the share link to a forced copy on a Google Doc or Sheet so that it automatically makes a copy instead of allowing direct access to your doc or sheet:

1. Go to the share button for the document or sheet at the top right of your screen and click it.

Google Share Button

 2.Change the 'restricted access' at the bottom left to 'anyone with a link'

3. Then click on 'Copy link'

4. The end will look something like this:  26E/edit?usp=sharing.

5. Remove all the text AFTER the / and replace it with 'copy' so that it now looks like this: 26E/copy

Now anyone clicks on that link they will be forced to make a copy instead of being able to see your original version.


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