How To Share Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to share Google Docs documents.

How To Share Google Docs

Sharing documents with other users is the best way to collaborate on projects or to get feedback from others. Google Docs makes it easy to share documents with others, and even to collaborate on them in real time.

However, sharing documents comes with privacy risks. Luckily, Google Docs allows you to control who is able to edit your document and can even access the document.

In this guide, we will show you how to share your documents with others, as well as how to give them the ability to edit, comment, or view your documents. We will also cover some of the important settings you can use to keep your documents safe and secure.

How to Share Documents in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to share documents in google docs.

Step 1

First, open the Google Docs document you want to share.

Step 2

Click the Share button on the top-right corner of the page.

Step 3

You should now see a pop-up box that shows the possible sharing and access options for your document.

Step 4

The first method of sharing is by providing an email. You can choose for the person to be either a Viewer, Commenter, or Editor. Viewers will only be able to read the given document while Commenters can leave comments on the shared documents. Editors will have the ability to modify the document.

When sharing a document through email, you can choose to notify the person via email that a document has been shared to them. You can also insert a custom message to display.

Step 5

Next, we can adjust the general access of the current document.

With the option “Anyone with the link”, any user can access the file as long as they have the right URL. Similar with sharing through email, you can choose the role the public will have when they access the link.

If we want to keep the access within a select number of accounts, we can select the Restricted option for general access.

Step 6

Click on Copy Link to copy the URL of the current document in your clipboard.

Step 7

We can also share Google Docs files through Google Drive by hovering over the desired file and clicking the Share icon.

This allows us to share documents without having to open the document itself


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to share documents in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this example document to test it out on your own.