How to Make Files Public on Google Drive

Do you know how to make files public on Google Drive? Then this tutorial is for you to see how to make files public.

Google Drive allows you to share files with other people even those who do not have a Google account. You have to create a public link and send it to the people.

You can also control people’s access to a particular file, whether they can view, comment, or edit it.

This is why people prefer Google Drive over any other cloud storage platform. It is flexible for not only Google Drive users but also non-users.

Since the process will take less time also we can customize those files favorably for all the users. Continue reading to know more.

How to Make Files Public on Google Drive?

Creating a public link for a file or document on your Drive is straightforward. Follow the steps given below to see how to do it.

  • Open the Google Drive from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once you are logged in, find and select the file you want to make available publicly. 
  • Click the particular file and click the Get link option.
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  • A window will be displayed with the link already generated within it. Click the section below, which reads Restricted, and change it to Anyone with the link.
  • Now you can copy the link and share it. A window will be displayed with the link already generated. Click the section below Restricted and change it to Anyone with the link.
How to Make Files Public on Google Drive
  • You can also change the access level of the people who access this file by clicking on the box beside the Anyone with the link option. You can switch between viewer, commenter, and editor modes. 

The viewer option only lets people view the document. They cannot make any changes, the commenter allows people to write comments and suggestions for the file but does not permit them to make any changes.

The Editor option gives full privileges, allowing other people to modify, view, and comment on the file.

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How to Publish a File On Google Drive

If you want more than a hundred people to access the files, you only have to choose the web.

Once it is published, it will be available to everybody on the web. So make sure you do not put private information in the file or document.

  • Open the Google Drive application from the google.com website with your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once you are logged in, choose any Docs, Sheets, or Slides file and open it. 
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  • After you have opened the document, click on File on the webpage. 
  • Select Share from the menu and choose Publish to the web. 
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  • Choose between a link or an embedded link and click on Publish. 
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  • Now, you can copy the URL provided and share it with anyone you want or use the embedded link on your website. 

Google Drive allows you to publish and host files on the web without the need to purchase a domain.

Moreover, you can edit the document without changing anything on the public website and choose when to make the updates available to the public.

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How to Disable Automatic Republishing of a Published File on Google Drive

When you publish the document to the web, it is set to republish the changes on the website once they are made to the original document.

  • Open the Google Drive application from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once you are logged in, click on the File you want to choose. 
  • Open the document and click on File on the webpage. 
  • Select Share from the menu and click on Publish to the web. 
  • Click on the Published Content & settings section. 
  • Uncheck the box that shows Automatically republish when changes are made. 
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Now you can manually choose when to make the changes available to the public. Simply go back to the Publish to the web window from File and click on the Published content & settings section.

You will see a button that reads Start publishing; click on that whenever you want to republish the changes to your site. 

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How to Disable Publishing on Google Drive?

If you want to stop publishing a certain document, you can do so very quickly. This will stop that file from being available to the general public and only a limited number of people will have access to it.

In this way, your files will be protected. The process is similar when you want to publish a document.

  • Move to the Google Drive application from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once you are logged in, open the file whose publishing you want to stop. 
  • Click on File, select Share from the menu, and click Publish to the web. 
  • Select Published content & settings. 
  • If the document has already been published, you will see an option that says Stop publishing. Click on that, and the document will halt publishing on the web.

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Conclusion

Now you know how to make files public on Google Drive and the various methods to share them with lots of people. Ensure you follow the steps mentioned in the methods above so you are not stuck anywhere.

Google Drive encounters bugs and errors often, so carefully share and make changes to the files. All the errors are fixed by simply starting over, and updating browsers, apps, etc.

If you are still unable to follow the steps above and make your files public, you can reach the customer support team via Google.

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