How to Stop Sharing a Google Docs File

The ability to easily share files with other users is one of the more useful features of Google Docs. aside from its many capabilities and the ability to access files from any computer with an Internet connection, Google Docs makes collaboration much simpler than it is in other applications.

But if you have a Google Docs file that you had previously shared with someone else, such as a Google Docs newsletter created with a template, you may find yourself in a situation where you want to remove their ability to edit that document. Our tutorial below will show you how to remove sharing for a user in a Google Docs file.

How to Remove Sharing Permissions from a File in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome browser, but will work in most other modern browsers as well. Note that you are only able to remove sharing permissions for files on which you were the original creator.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive and open the file for which you wish to remove permissions.

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

click the blue share button

Step 3: Select the Advanced link at the bottom-right corner of the window.

open google docs advanced sharing settings

Step 4: Click the x to the right of the person that you wish to remove from the file.

how to remove sharing permissions for someone in google docs

Step 5: Click the blue Save changes button at the bottom of the window to apply this change.

save changes to google docs sharing settings

Does your document have specific formatting requirements that you are having trouble meeting? Find out how to change margins in Google Docs, if that is one of the items you are having trouble editing.

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