Amazing Shortcut for Sharing Google Docs! | Shake Up Learning | www.shakeuplearning.com | #google #googledrive #gafe #googleEdu #edtech #googledocsEasy Shortcut to Share a Preview Copy of Google Docs

Super easy shortcut to share published versions Google Docs, Sheets and Slides!

This little secret was revealed in an Google Apps Show episode a couple weeks ago. This is soooooo simple! There is an even easier way to allow others to preview Google Docs, Sheets or Slides. Instead of going through the sharing settings, or grabbing the shareable link, simply change the word, “edit,” in the url to “preview.” No matter if there are characters after the word edit or not, this should work. (Note: This shortcut is still respective of the sharing settings of the document, so you have to enabled viewing rights in order for this to work. Also notice this gives you a preview version that looks different than the “published to the web,” version.)

Share this super simple tip with your friends and fellow educators!

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Here are a few ideas for using the published/preview version:

  • Flyers for events
  • Student/Faculty handbooks
  • AUP/RUP
  • Assignments/Make-Up Work
  • Presentations (both student, teacher and PD)
  • Easy way to share spreadsheet data (where appropriate)

Remember, your links and images will publish so you can make all of the above interactive!

For even more flexible ways to share and publish Google Docs, Sheets and Slides (including embed code) check out my other tip: Turn Your Google Doc into a Web Page.

***Check out all the Google Tricks and Tips here.

How do you use the published versions of Google Docs? Please share in the comments below.

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