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Is it possible to construct a link to a Google Drive file and specify the email account to access the file as? I know that it is possible to use /u/1 or /u/2 in the path, but I am looking at generating a link to send to users who own multiple Google accounts, and I want to make it easy for them to access the file with the account which has read/write access, as opposed to accessing with an account which has readonly access.

I think I have seen something like https://drive.google.com/open?id=123882182828&email=user@example.com but cannot recall where.

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The authuser parameter can take both the number which is used in the /u/ part of the path, or an email address. So, appending this query parameter: authuser=email@example.com will make google drive use this account, if it is in the list of signed in accounts.

E.g., https://drive.google.com/open?id=123882182828&authuser=user@example.com

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  • As far as I can tell, the authuser parameter doesn't work anymore. Please tell me if I'm mistaken; I would love to be mistaken.
    – Merchako
    Aug 31 at 15:49
  • @Merchako still works, I tried it just now and it seems you can also add it also works if you append it to a docs.google.com/document/d/8383838383838388338?authuser=... url.
    – chutz
    Sep 1 at 16:20
  • The example you gave is for Google Docs. Could you confirm that is also works for Google Drive, @chutz?
    – Merchako
    Sep 1 at 18:29
  • Yes @Merchako both work. Again, this only works if you are already logged in with that account. Here are a few links you can try for yourself. docs.google.com/document/d/… drive.google.com/…
    – chutz
    Sep 2 at 13:55
  • Thank you, @chutz. For some reason, I've been getting unpredictable behavior for searches when using the forms https://drive.google.com/drive/search?authuser=name@example.com&q={query} and https://drive.google.com/drive/u/name@example.com/search?q={query}. I suspect this is a problem with my browser preserving my logins rather than the URLs.
    – Merchako
    Sep 4 at 11:34

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