How Do You Share a File in Google Docs?

The steps in this article are going to show you how to share a Google Docs file with another Google Docs user via their email address.

  1. Sign into Google Drive and open the file you wish to share.
  2. Click the Share button at the top-right of the window.
  3. Give the file a name if prompted.
  4. Enter the email address of the person with whom you want to share the file.
  5. Click the pencil icon and choose their permissions, then click the Done button.

One of the best parts about working in Google Docs is the ease with which you can share a file with another Google user. This lets them see your current work in progress and make comments on it or, depending on the permissions you set, even make changes to it.

Our guide below is going to show you how to share a Google Docs file with another Google user via their email address. That user can then click the link that is sent to them and open the file in Google Docs.

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How to Share a Google Docs File

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Edge or Firefox.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com and open the file you want to share.

Step 2: Click the blue Share button at the top-right of the window.

click the Share button

Step 3: Enter a name for the file if it doesn’t have one already.

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Step 4: Enter the email address of the person with whom you wish to share the file.

enter the person's email address

Step 5: Click the pencil icon next to their email address, and then choose whether you want them to be able to edit, comment, or view the file. Click Done when you’ve finished.

how to share a Google Docs file

Note that there is also a Get shareable link button on that menu. If you click that button you will generate a link that you can send to people instead.

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