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Google Drive Addressing: How to Force "Make a Copy"

Ever spend time creating a document in Google Drive, share the link with students, ask them to follow the path File --> Make a Copy? There is just always somehow that one student that tunes out during that snippet of the directions and then A. Tells you they can't do anything to the document because they have View access or B. Edits your original, leaving you with a mess to clean up.

You are in luck, there is a better way! The process that I'm about to show you will work for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Here's an example Anyone with the Link can view Sheet

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RKjjfjwUosteNmuGI5wk6AYvof8g0XMIsQYmMCLJCIU/edit?usp=sharing

 If you want the students to have a copy of this Goal Setting spreadsheet to enter their own scores and see how they are doing in class against their goal use this process.

Force Make a Copy

https://gyazo.com/6ba4ca05b24716e625001cc013614704


Usual Share Link: 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RKjjfjwUosteNmuGI5wk6AYvof8g0XMIsQYmMCLJCIU/edit?usp=sharing

Edited Link to Force Make a Copy

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RKjjfjwUosteNmuGI5wk6AYvof8g0XMIsQYmMCLJCIU/copy?usp=sharing

Students will see a Make a Copy screen like the one below: 












Video version: 



Note*: You can also force view only mode by changing the word edit to the word preview.

Let me know what I can do to help you #Edtech on! ~ Ryan

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