Four Ways to Share Google Docs
Sir Links-a-Lot is a must-have Google Chrome extension that provides four quick options to share Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drawings. Not only does it have a great name, but Sir Links-a-Lot creates custom sharing links for your files with just a few clicks. I created all four types of links below from a single document.
A Force Copy link requires users to create a copy of the file before they can view it. The copied file is owned by the user and placed in their Google Drive. Force Copy Link Example
Preview links show your document without any menus or toolbars. It’s a much cleaner, reader-friendly view of your file. Preview Link Example
Template links create a cleaned-up view of your file with a button that allows users to make a copy with one click. It’s essentially a combination of a Preview link and a Force Copy link. Template Link Example
PDF links automatically download your file as a PDF when the link is clicked. You no longer need to convert documents to a PDF before sharing. PDF Link Example
Sharing is Easy
I previously wrote about creating template links, but the process can be a bit tedious and time-consuming. Sir Links-a-Lot does all the work for you in just a few clicks.
1. Download the Sir Links-a-Lot Chrome Extension.
2. Open the file you want to share (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings).
3. Change your share settings to “anyone on the internet with this link can view,” or “anyone on the internet with this link can edit.”
4. Open the Sir Mix-a-Lot Chrome extension.
5. Select the type of sharing link you wish to generate.
6. Copy the link, or test it out by opening in a new tab. You can also copy a shortened version of the link to share with your students.
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