We’re updating the interface you use to share files from Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms on the web. This will replace the previous interface used to share files and manage members of shared drives. These changes will make it easier to share files only with specific people without expanding access beyond what’s needed.
Why it matters
Sharing files is critical to collaboration. This is especially true now, as more workforces are remote and collaborating on files from different locations. By making it easier to share files with specific people, we hope to improve collaboration while reducing the risk of access by unwanted users.
We’ve made several changes to the sharing experience. These make it easier to perform common tasks, avoid accidental permission changes, and quickly see who has access to a file. Specifically you may notice:
- Separated, task-focused interface: The new sharing dialog highlights essential user tasks like sharing a file, changing permissions, and viewing file access. The redesign also visually separates sharing with people and groups from link-sharing.
- Quick “copy link” button: We’ve added a “copy link” button to make it easier to get the link without changing link permissions.
- Easily see current access: The new interface more clearly shows who currently has access to the item, making it easier to quickly audit and change permissions.
The new sharing interface for Google Drive and Docs editor files
The old sharing interface for Google Drive and Docs editor files