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Google Drive FAQ - Sharing Folders FAQ

FAQ about sharing folders in Google Drive

Can I share entire folders in Google Drive? What is the benefit?

Sharing folders in Google Drive can automate processes and save you time. It also facilitates collaboration and keeps files neatly organized.

When you share a folder with specific people the folder becomes available to be accessed by them. The content currently in the folder also inherits the permission settings of the parent folder one time. This means that permission settings of items inside the folder can be altered and will not automatically be set back to the settings of the folder. This is useful for sharing particular folders and/or files with specific member(s) of a team while keeping the files organized within a project/team folder.

How does permission inheritance work?

  1. Changes made to the permissions of a folder updates the permissions of all the files/folders in a folder, but add/remove/modify only the permissions that were just changed
  2. Changes made to the permissions of a file/folder inside of a shared folder will not automatically return to that of the shared folder even after the parent folder's permissions were modified (except for the specific changes modified at that time)
  3. files/folders moved into a shared folder will immediately inherit the permission settings of the parent folder

Can I share folders with members of Google Groups?

Yes! In fact you can use a mix of individual users and Google Groups to share folders and their content.

For assistance please contact the IT Help Desk by calling 573-341-4357 (HELP), visiting the IT Help Desk on the first floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, or submitting a ticket online at:

Keywords:share, sharing, google, drive, google drive, folders   Doc ID:83470
Owner:Jasmina M.Group:Missouri University of Science and Technology
Created:2018-07-09 08:33 CSTUpdated:2018-07-09 08:33 CST
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