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I have a main folder in Google Drive with lots of sub folders that also have sub folders. The main folder is shared with my team. Some of the sub folders are shared with external people (temporary consultants for example). This has become a mess. I need to see a list of all people that have access to the sub folders so that I can delete the sharing. How can I do that?

I could go through all sub folders manual one by one but that would take forever.

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I don't see any way to do it easily. There might be some tool available to a Google Apps admin, but I don't know what it might be. –  Al E. Jul 1 '13 at 13:47
Thanks! I'm using Google apps and I'm the admin, any idea? –  Martin Jul 2 '13 at 13:08
Not from me, sorry. I'm just a regular old Google Account user. –  Al E. Jul 2 '13 at 13:12

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If you know the email addresses of the people you have shared files with, all you have to do is enter the following search in Google Drive's search bar:

to: [email address]

Google Drive will then show all files shared with that user.

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I know this answer is a bit late, but there is a new solution to this problem.

Check out to uncover all the people that access your shared files and folders.

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Disclaimer: I'm part of the team that developed WhoHasAccess.

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This is awesome, great work. –  Ed Hinchliffe May 11 at 19:43

I needed this so bad for my Google Apps account!

After a bit of searching, I found this post which uses a Google Script to scan all folders/files and sends you an email of all people who can access your Google Drive files.

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Actually this is a very new script! Written in September 11, 2013. –  Mohammed J. Razem Sep 21 '13 at 9:22
Could you describe the contents of the link a little- that way, in the event that it moves, we don't lose all the info. Thanks! –  batpigandme Sep 21 '13 at 18:39
  1. In the search bar at the top, enter owner:me
  2. When all your files have loaded, click on Ctrl+A to select all the files
  3. Right-click on any of the files and select Share to pop up a list of all the files you've shared with anyone
  4. Scroll through the list, and click the checkbox next to any one you want to remove
  5. Click Done
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I was trying to find every file that had owners that were not myself as well, it was driving me crazy. Somehow there were a good amount of files and folders in there that I never remember having added at all. Not sure at all how that happened. Anyways, after playing around for a bit I found that if you search at the top, use:


That will show every file that has an owner other than yourself!

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Sorry, there is currently no built in way to do this. As of now the only way is to do it manually by viewing the sharing options of the folder (As the GIF below depicts)

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I wish this didn't keep replaying ad infinitum. –  aparente001 Sep 22 at 2:59
@aparente001 sorry, what? –  Fogest Sep 22 at 13:00
This gif plays over and over and over again, ad nauseum. –  aparente001 Sep 23 at 2:05
@aparente001 of course it plays over and over. Otherwise you may not be able to see it originally before the first loop ended. –  Fogest Sep 23 at 12:59
All I know is that it makes it hard to read the other materials on the page. Perhaps I didn't understand your question when you asked, "Sorry, what?" –  aparente001 Sep 24 at 4:37

Here is a new app Sharing List Manager which can extract collaborator list of Google Drive files and folders into a Google Spreadsheet. You can also change their sharing settings directly from the app. If you know the email address to whom the files have been shared then you can choose corresponding search options to filter out files/folders.

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I do believe this is straight forward.

Put the view Owner Type and More, you will then see the options on a float box of : Ownership and Visibility


I do believe they will allow you to find out what is shared and then remove people as you so desire.

However I am not sure if a list in the manner which you want is available using the default client tools.

Hope this helps.

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How do you get to view owner type? –  batpigandme Jul 1 '13 at 16:57
Alternatively if you are able to load on Flashpanel on to your GA account. I know it provides a documents exposure report in which this information is available. –  jCisco Jul 1 '13 at 18:09
I don't see how this answers the question. –  Al E. Jul 1 '13 at 19:10
Is the OP using a regular google account or a Google Apps one? –  jCisco Jul 1 '13 at 23:13
I'm using Google apps –  Martin Jul 2 '13 at 7:30

To get a list of shared folders you can perform a search of files with name 'desktop.ini', starting from root Google Drive folder.

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It sounds like this will only work if you have synchronized your Google Drive with a Windows PC. –  Vidar S. Ramdal Mar 30 at 8:03

This is how you can do it:

In the search bar in drive use "to:" to find documents you shared with someone.

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This solution was already offered in this answer, and your answer doesn't appear to improve upon the solution. –  Al E. Aug 6 at 14:51

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