I am trying to view this Google document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-KxI1oZl9A0DMewZBJArUPPKUrVLYr4FrDey5d_3QR0/edit

When I open the Google document, it says

File will be deleted soon

This file might be deleted soon. If you still need access, sign in to make a copy, download the file, or request access from the owner.

How can I view the Google document without having to sign in?

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  • Weird. I have never seen this before.
    – wogsland
    Mar 10 '17 at 1:53

The message is because the document has been placed in the owner's trash, and the trash has not been emptied yet. Once the trash is emptied it will not be available at all. How long that takes is individual. How often do you empty the "trash" on your desktop, for example?

To view the file you must, as Google instructed: * Sign in and make a copy, which will land in your documents, * Download the file to you computer (Google Docs Menu File -> Download), or * Contact the owner and request access.

Downloading does not require that you sign in. Then you can view/edit the file locally.

Note: Once the owner cleans out their trash, even that option will be gone.

  • Thanks, did you manage to download the file without having to sign in? I don't seem to be able to do so. Google Docs Menu is grayed out. Mar 10 '17 at 3:45
  • Yes, I tested that before answering. I had to wait a couple sec. for the pop over to fade out. Then I used the toolbar inside google docs, not the browser, and selected File -> Download as -> Rich text format (.rtf) and saved it. There are other options, including Word (.docx), available.
    – user144900
    Mar 10 '17 at 3:50
  • Interesting, the pop up does not seem to go away with me (Google Chrome) :/ Mar 10 '17 at 4:52
  • I'm in Firefox on Linux. Why not just sign in? Even if you have to create a disposable Gmail account? Then you can read it, and save it if you want to. I know lots of people who have multiple accounts: personal, work-main, special projects, social circles, etc. I'd even guess that a significant portion of SE users have an account isolated to SE.
    – user144900
    Mar 10 '17 at 5:02

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